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ASUS VX238H 23-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2013
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After spending about 10+ hours doing nothing but comparing hundreds of monitors taking their specs and design into consideration (I know I have no life), I ended up choosing this monitor, and I'm very happy that I did.

I don't often write reviews on amazon so cut me some slack, but I decided to add to the flawless 5 star 11/11 reviews I already saw for this monitor because it deserves it. I do believe this is the best monitor you can get for under 200$ at this time.

I shouldn't have to go over the stats, but in case you haven't bothered to look, this monitor is a 23" Asus with 1080p LED, and 1 ms repsonse time (gtg), so it's great for gaming. I watched Avatar on it, and it looks amazing. I have also played Skyrim on it, and that looks really good as well. The fast response time is very noticable when gaming which is one of the reasons I chose this monitor, I haven't noticed any ghosting or anything like that.

*80 million to 1 contrast ratio, (better than the common 10 or 50 million among many other monitors).

*The design is beautiful, this thing is very thin, and the stand is very sturdy despite how it looks.

*The picture will need adjusted after you hook it up, and I'd recommend turning the backlight down a bit.

*I like that it has 2 hdmi ports, (so one for my computer and one for my PS3/Xbox360.

*I haven't encountered a single dead pixel, which I am very happy about.

*Like many tv's, this monitor has a "game mode", "theatre mode", "standard mode" ect... to quickly adjust the picture if you don't feel like tinkering with it.

I recommend this monitor for gamers who want a beautiful display and fast repsonse time but maybe don't have 1000$ laying around to shell out on a higher resolution monitor, which makes this one perfect. And I will stand by what I say, this is the best "under 200$" monitor out there right now, and I chose it because of the beautiful design, the amazing specs, the great price, and the (so far) flawless reviews it has.

My only "grump" is that I wish there was a 27" version with the same specs...

Unless you get a defect, I can't see anyone giving this anything less than 5 stars...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
I'll get straight to the point. If you are looking for a monitor under $200, this is it. Great picture, excellent contrast, and was pretty much the ideal size for me. If you want specifics, this is a great monitor for a 1080p computer gamer and their regular pc needs. I would say the only reason you shouldn't buy this is if your needs are lower or higher than that. Serious movie and photo editing deserves something a little more substantial, but that's why some monitors are $500+. If you don't want to play games on your pc, look for something cheaper. This is specifically made for a budget gamer looking for an awesome picture with what I would call a low to medium range budget.
I have found that the best settings are;
Brightness: 30
Contrast: 80
Saturation: 70
Color temp: user mode
Skin tone: natural
Sharpness: 80
Trace free: 40
Ascr: off
Splendid demo mode: off
Eco mode: off
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2013
FIrst of all, I am not some ASUS employee, just clarifying.
I bought this monitor because I wanted to upgrade from my 1680x1050 clunky old monitor
And boy is it change!
Gaming on this puppy is intense especially with the 1ms response time. No ghosting. period. The 80,000,000 contrast ration makes colors extremely vibrant.
The quality is also great for movies and casual PCers (yeah i just said that, deal with it).
The Monitor also comes with cool feature which allows me to switch between different preset settings that are fit for certain things, for example a Gaming setting and a Movies setting.
As for problems, there are none. No dead pixels, worked on arrival.
Great monitor 10/10 would bang again
BTW i made an unboxing video
I may get banned for posting this but it's quite helpful to see the monitor
/watch?v=XuiN0a_Nm_0
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2014
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So this review is going to go over the Pros, the Cons, and the overall experience with this monitor.

.-`:OVERVIEW:`-.
I originally purchased this monitor a few months ago, and I'm going to say it now, it definitely is a great monitor... however, it was only after a few months that the flaws slowly came out. TL:DR at the bottom.

.-`:PROS:`-.

~~~The monitor has a 1ms response time~~~
~I originally purchased this monitor because it has 1ms response time and is perfect for fighting games and games that require extremely precise frame inputs. And this monitor delivers. I play fighting games and input based games competitively, and a single frame missed, can cost the match. And because of that, the monitor performs as good as, if not better than the BenQ monitor.

~~~The quality control is superb~~~
~I personally have two of them, and I have set up over a dozen of them for competitive gaming in our tournaments and found that they were perfect. Asus seems to have really good quality control on dead pixels and defects. And the best part? No bleeding or flashlighting around the edges.

~~~Good Stand~~~
~The stand is very solid and it is well made. They don't feel flimsy and cruddy like the other stands on monitors at this price range. Though they may be slightly crooked as one of mine were. A little bit of paper under the stand fixed that right up. Oh and they aren't detachable, which makes them more durable.

~~~It's Matte~~~
~Please... never ever get a glossy/glass screen for gaming or everyday use. Glossy/glass screens, as I've personally experienced, are terrible because they have TERRIBLE reflection, and eventually give you a headache and are distracting from having to look beyond the reflected image. It's true, with glossy/glass screens the colors pop out more and it feels higher quality... but beyond that... stick to matte. As for gaming, you want to have matte because you need to see the details with clarity and not be distracted by the reflections. However, Glossy screens are great when you wanna watch videos and multimedia.

.-`:CONS:`-.

~~~No VESA Mount~~~
~I originally bought two to put on my desk, but after some time, I eventually got a different third one (which has a VESA mount) for triple monitor gaming... but I was extremely disappointed that this monitor doesn't come with the standard VESA mount. The Sundial stand, while sturdy, take up a bunch of space on the table, and because of their awkward circular and sloped shape, there's really no way to make up for the lost space on the table. Although it is a great place to put things inside the sundial; such as figurines and mice. You're going to have to unscrew remove the entire bezel, and really modify this thing to get it to mount it somewhere (which voids the warranty and can cause some serious damage). The stand is not detachable!

~~~Panel Lottery~~~
~While quality control is good; no dead pixels or defects, there definitely is a slight difference between the two panels that I had received. One has a slight tinge more of green and the other one is more red when viewed straight on. The chances of getting two panels that are identical are pretty slim. Though, panel lottery is a pretty common with manufacturers. I'm very critical about my monitors, so it may be unnoticeable to others.

~~~Viewing Angle/Color Reproduction~~~
~While the viewing angle is great, the colors become extremely washed out or they color shift on different angles. This is standard with LED screens of these kind. But for graphic design and triple monitor setups, this monitor really falls flat. The reproduction to print is impossible with these. I know they aren't marketed for graphic design and they do have pro monitors with proper color reproduction... but an IPS display will get you much richer colors with better viewing angles (at 2ms with the VS238H-P model) which really wouldn't make that much of a difference if you aren't a competitive player. This monitor looked TERRIBLE next to my IPS panel and my color calibrated Cintiq. The preset features make the screen initially look extremely green and unlifelike. And the initial color setting on this monitor was CRAZY high. It was burning my eyes out. A setting of 30-40 was more realistic for brightness. If you were to use this monitor alone, you probably couldn't tell how inaccurate it is. After some tinkering, I got it pretty close to accurate colors..

.-`:TL:DR:`-.

This monitor is a great monitor for it's price (when it's on sale!).
It has a lot of general benefits and is a jack of all trades.
It's a great monitor for competitive tournaments because they're easy to carry around and setup and have crazy response times.

it lacks VESA mounting holes which can be a deal breaker for multi monitor setups.
It's stand is not detachable.
Not good for graphic designers who need color accuracy.
Wide viewing angles are great, but far off compared to the quality of IPS when it comes to holding the color.

.-`:My Opinion:`-.

~This monitor is good for a hardcore competitive gamer (those that are out there to win money and need the proper equip).

~If you aren't a hardcore competitive gamer, get the VS238H-P, it's way better on every level at the cost of a slightly more flimsy stand and 2ms response time compared to 1ms.

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH~
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2013
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This montior is awesome for the price.

Please be aware that if you wish to mount it, it is not compatible with VESA mounting hardware as there are no holes in the back to attach a bracket. I had to return mine for a refund, sadly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2015
I bought this monitor and it worked great then one day it gave up and died. Which is fine nothing lasts forever and it has a 3 year warranty from ASUS. So I call them and sat on hold for 3 hours then finally hung up. Next I talked to live support online and they said that they would send a repair form to my email. I get this email that has the return policies for every product they make and the only way you know which policy applies to which product is by the symbol next to the text and they are not in any sort of order. After taking quite some time to figure out what I have to do to send this back(because again the email is ridiculously hard to understand and my guess is they do it so people would get frustrated and not even send it in) I finally got it all ready. So I send it in. They told me that the turn around time is 2 weeks. Well 2 months later I have a message left on my door saying that FedEx tried to drop off the package for the second day now and they would try one more time the next day, if I was not there I would have to go pick it up because ASUS marked that it has to be given to someone and can not be dropped off. Which is also fine these aren't cheap. However they also put that you have to be 21 to receive the package. I am 20. So I went to the FedEx store and they wouldn't give it to me, they said it needs to be changed or I need someone living at the same address as me that is over 21 to go pick it up. After calling ASUS they said that they would not take the 21 age restriction off of it(after a 30 minute phone call). So I went home and went back the next day with my mother and got it. Came home and opened it and there was no monitor stand with it. Called back and got to sit on hold for an hour then the rep told me that they had it and they would send it back in priority( so shorter shipping time). I waited a week then called back and they told me that it was not coming, their policy in the email(which again was insanely confusing) said to only send the necessary parts of the monitor(which a stand is a necessity to the monitor or else how could you use it) and that I would have to pay for a new one.

So in short:
ASUS tries to make it hard to return things for warranty repairs.
It took 1 month and 2 weeks longer than they told me it would take to fix the monitor.
I could not get my monitor right back because for some reason they think you need to be 21 to own a monitor and they refuse to change it upon finding out I am 20.
They sent the monitor back with no stand.
Told me that they were sending the stand ASAP.
Then told me I was wrong, the stand is not a necessary part of the monitor and I needed to buy another from them if I wanted one.

I really like the monitor its my 3rd ASUS however I will never buy a ASUS product or recommend one to anyone ever again

If you are wondering I did not buy the stand I made my own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2014
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The first few weeks I had this monitor, I felt like I'd made a mistake buying it. I tried repeatedly to adjust it using the onscreen menu but even with my best adjustments the contrast was low and the colors overly saturated. About the 10th time I tried readjusting the picture, I turned Smart View off. Bam, I had plenty of contrast and could reduce the color saturation to a more reasonable level.

My conclusion is that this is a good monitor for the price, but the documentation should better explain the use of the various modes and adjustments. They are not as obvious as one would think,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
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Couldn't be any more pleased! Bought it exclusively for my PS4. My only complaint is the controls are not very intuitive. This is very minor overall. Great picture, sturdy stand, aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I spent hours debating between several monitors in this class and do not regret my choice in the least. Just buy one already!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2014
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Great monitor for gaming! Colors are also fantastic. The buttons and settings on the monitor are not very difficult to get used to unless you have a half a brain. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a high quality monitor to play games on. One last note, the speakers are not bad but not great either. However, I use a headset so it doesn't actually matter for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
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Awesome product for the price. I bought this monitor for gaming and sold my 2010 samsung 46" LED TV 8000 series due to the input lag in game mode. After playing on this monitor, I couldn't feel the input lag (10ms response time). Don't get confused about gtg which is 1ms, some people confuse it with input lag. Gtg is pixel rendering and I didn't see any ghosting in any fast paced gaming. This monitor compared to other monitors also has a high contrast ratio which is 80,000,000 to 1. Other monitors are typically range from 20,0000,000 to 50,000,000 to 1. Another thing that I love is the slim profile. FYI the have a white version of this monitor.

The only con is that there is no VESA mount, however this is a similar model with the same specs but without the slim factor.
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