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Asus VW246H review

Barry de la Rosa
18 Sep 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
214
inc VAT

A decent Full HD monitor, with a clear menu and tons of image-tweaking options, but better-quality displays are available for less.

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Specifications

24in screen size, 1,920x1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

With its 24in, full HD 1,920x1,080 screen, the VW246H is clearly built for entertainment.

Its glossy black case makes it look more like a TV than a monitor, and it has a set of built-in speakers. Our only niggle is that while the patterned base might look nice, it's a magnet for dust and tricky to clean.

The 2W stereo speakers are surprisingly good. Like all monitor speakers, they lack bass and can sound a little hollow and tinny, particularly in the middle of an action film or frenetic first-person shooter, but volume is good enough for a small room or bedroom and they're punchy.

It's image quality that's really important, though. The VW246H starts well, as Asus provides a decent range of options in the onscreen menu, including the ability to tweak brightness, contrast, sharpness, saturation, colour and skin tones. There are also preset image modes, but we found that changing the custom settings manually was the best option. The onscreen menus are very easy to use, so adjusting settings to get a picture you're happy with is pretty easy.

Picture quality was generally very good, with natural colours producing a vibrant picture. We found that contrast wasn't perfect, though, and detail could be lost. Adjusting the brightness and contrast to get decent blacks made bright scenes a little dull, and adjusting the other way tended to wash out blacks. We didn't see a big improvement from the dynamic contrast ratio. It's not helped by the uneven backlight, which made the picture darker towards the middle.

Movies generally looked good, but we found that picking the warmer colour temperature helped, as the default colour mode's blue-tinted whites could be a little harsh on the eye.

None of these issues is a deal breaker, though, and in general desktop use the VW246H was absolutely fine. The built-in speakers add extra interest, but better monitors are available for less and we'd rather have Philips' 23in 230C1 display instead.

Basic Specifications

Rating***

Physical

Viewable size24 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (20,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness300cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle170°
Response time5ms
Response time typeblack-to-black
Screen depth61mm
Base (WxD)229x229mm
Screen elevation92mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasheadphone output
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputs3.5mm line in

Environmental

Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on45W

Buying Information

Price£214
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk
Detailswww.asus.com
Warrantythree years collect and return

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