Asus ML248H review

Decent image quality and a unique design make the ML248H an attractive proposition, but it's far too expensive compared to the competition.

14 Dec 2010
Our Rating 
2/5
Price when reviewed 
280
inc VAT

Specifications

24in screen size, 1,920x1,080 resolution, DVI: no, VGA: yes, HDMI:

We were impressed by the unique design of the 24in Full HD ML248H. Like many new LED-backlit monitors, it's incredibly thin and light, but its stand is cleverly designed to resemble two interlocking rings. Although it looks complicated, it's actually quite easy to assemble, and the join between the rings is hinged so you can turn the monitor through about 35 degrees.

Asus ML248H

With a white back panel, this is one of those monitors whose rear is as attractive as its front, so it's ideal for reception desks or open-plan offices. It doesn't have a VESA mount for a wall bracket, however, and you'll also have to hide the small power brick out of sight. It has VGA and HDMI inputs, so you can connect a games console or Blu-ray player if you use VGA for your PC.

Asus ML248H ports

Although the ML248H's backlight is impressively bright, it's not very even. Asus's menu uses touch-sensitive controls that only light up to reveal their icons once you touch them. Touch-sensitive controls are generally a pain, as they don't provide feedback and you have to look where you're pressing, but we found the menu itself fairly easy to navigate and use.

Asus has crammed all the standard image quality controls - contrast, brightness and colour temperature - under the Color sub-menu, while the first sub-menu is reserved for its "Splendid" presets. These are mostly awful, with wildly over-saturated colours and contrast. There's an sRGB preset that we found a bit too dark, opting instead for the Standard preset.

Asus ML248H button

With a little tweaking, we found the image to be acceptable, although colours were a bit duller than on other monitors we've tested. We found the image controls to be quite subtle, allowing for fine adjustment (unlike the heavy-handed presets), so it would be worth using a calibration tool if you were to do serious photography work, for example.

As it ships, we found the ML248H capable of producing reasonably accurate colours and decent levels of contrast. Blacks weren't quite as deep as we'd like, but overall, image quality was acceptable. Our problem lies with the price: even the ML248H's superb design isn't worth such a premium. The Hannspree HF257H has comparable image quality, is larger and costs a lot less. As a brand-new model, we're expecting the ML248H's price to drop in the coming months, but at the moment we can't recommend it.

Basic Specifications

Rating **

Physical

Viewable size 24 in
Native resolution 1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio 1,000:1 (10,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness 250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle 170°
Vertical viewing angle 160°
Response time 2ms
Response time type grey-to-grey
Screen depth 31mm
Base (WxD) 221x221mm
Screen elevation 108mm

Features

Portrait mode no
Wall mount option no
Height adjustable no
Internal speakers none
Detachable cables yes
USB hub none
Integrated power supply no
Kensington lock lug yes
Display extras headphone output
VGA input yes
DVI input no
S-video input no
Component input no
Composite input no
HDCP support yes
Audio inputs HDMI

Environmental

Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 21W

Buying Information

Price £280
Supplier http://www.yoyotech.co.uk
Details uk.asus.com
Warranty three years onsite

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