The Recognized Asus Vw246h review - Is it everything it's swept up being?

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 12:58 AM

By Thomas Evans

Whereas 24in displays were at one point a preserve of well heeled enthusiasts, cheap 24in, 16:9 aspect TN based panels have made them less expensive and offered to regular consumers. Asus' VW246h monitor is another addition to the current category, why don't we learn how it holds up.

Similar to most budget displays these days, the VW246H will come in two parts, the base and monitor-plus-stand, which press together. The design is essentially the same as that regarding the Asus VW223B we reviewed not too long ago. Because of this (as always) you discover a glossy black bezel, the display's back and base are matte, with all the latter sporting a ripple texture surface.

Within a mere 16 mm thick, the bezel around the VW246H's is practically as thin as that from its smaller sibling - except at the bottom where it is 25 mm to add in the monitor's controls. Small icons across the controls make them super easy to discover and while the tiny blue LED within the power button cannot be switched off, it's unobtrusive enough to not matter.

Overall, the VW246H is a functional but largely unimaginative piece of styling that wont offend but won't excite either. Should it be a little panache you're going after, likes of the Samsung monitor range, as well as BenQ V2400W, is going to be of more interest.

Triple video inputs are just about par-for-the-course these days and also the VW246H doesn't disappoint, offering HDMI, DVI and VGA. You will find there's rudimentary clip at the rear of the stand for cable management. Not as much of a given is often a 3.5mm stereo output along with the usual input, allowing you to hook up external speakers instead of making use of the monitor's ones. Asus also gets points for including both VGA and DVI cables, where a few other manufacturers still only supply VGA.

Getting on the OSD, it's rather small and slightly morose, lacking video or graphic flair. Eventhough it feels a touch cramped, it is extremely usable thanks to the most effective layouts we've discovered. There are few sub-menus, so there is nothing buried, tags are informative and layout logical. Precisely the slightly awkward directional controls, that happen to be placed either side from the 'menu' button, hinder navigation.

Continuing on with the OSD, Asus' 'Splendid' technology is basically just a handful of presets - albeit very flexible ones - and skin-tone adjustments. All the presets, which comprise Scenery, Standard, Theater, Game and Night View modes, are individually configurable, this means you may possibly lead to using some of them. Certain restrictions do apply, however. In Theater mode, one example is, you can't adjust brightness, while Standard mode doesn't permit you to mess with the sharpness, saturation or dynamic contrast (which Asus calls ASCR) settings. Scenery and Game modes give entry to every adjustment, though.

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