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I recently acquired the ASUS PA248Q screen for photo processing (and everyday use and gaming: I have just that one display). This display offers a "sRGB" mode.

Right now the screen is configured to use the "standard mode", should I use the "sRGB mode" instead?

I see that the colors are not exactly the same between the 2 modes, but which one is the best? If that's sRGB, why isn't it enabled by default?

Am I supposed to use it only for specific situations?

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Normally you would use sRGB mode. It is the most common denominator. Keep in mind that this mode is not calibrated, so your sRGB colors will be different from other sRGB colors. They should be closer.

Once in sRGB mode your monitor may not be able to show colors which are outside of sRGB color-space which is why sRGB is not the default mode. The truly odd thing is that those particular colors are kind of random until you calibrate your display!

If you do calibrate your display, you can revert back to the default mode (called Native on some monitors) and then all color-management-aware application will be able to:

  1. Show colors outside of sRGB with good accuracy.
  2. Show sRGB colors with good accuracy.

However, non color-managed applications will still show colors wrong and they will be MORE wrong in default mode than in sRGB mode. So which one to use in the end will depend on what non color-managed applications you use to look at images. This may include your web-browser depending on which one and version you use.

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sRGB looks very good, I would recommend if for everyday use or viewing photos since it shows the true colors (w/ my sRGB)

HOWEVER, if you are also a gamer as you state, you should consider changing to Game/gaming mode while gaming. This is very crucial for gaming monitors.

My monitor is 144Hz and w/ gaming mode it's really unbelievable how you can notice input lag w/ other modes. Give out a try game mode when you play your next game.

Due to me being picky to my sensitivity I always have game mode ON so my muscle memory stays in tact w/ the fastest input speed.

Remember, if you want speed game/gaming mode is the way to go. If you want good picture sRGB all the way. Remember that gaming mode might not look at crisp for pictures...but takes away that crispness in order to respond faster.

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Cool, I did not know about these highspeed displays. Is the 144 Hz refresh rate only enabled in game mode? –  Esa Paulasto Jul 2 '13 at 7:12

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