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Great monitor (and HDTV display) at a great price!,
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This review is from: Asus VH232H 23-Inch Full-HD LCD Monitor with Integrated Speakers (Electronics)
I purchased this as a replacement for an aging 19" LCD that had become nearly useless, on a system that also had a 17" second monitor connected (As a photographer I frequently use two displays for photo editing and sorting). In the process of looking for a new monitor I decided to try and kill two birds with one stone, and get a unit that would work both as a high-quality computer monitor for photo editing (which means being able to color profile it!) and some gaming, and would work as an HDTV when connected to a TiVoHD unit. I looked at a couple of different options, including some HDTV units that could work as computer displays, but in the end decided that the price and quality on this ASUS monitor would be the way to go.
Since then I've had no regrets - it came quickly with no damage or dead pixels, the HDMI input works flawlessly, it has speakers built in (not the worlds best, but certainly good enough for basic gaming or music, or even TV) as well as an audio output, for passing the HDMI audio out to better speakers. It also includes a DVI input, and can work with a standard VGA cable using an included adapter. Of course being a photographer I've turned off most of the "special" color modes & settings and instead use a hardware device to calibrate it and manually adjust the RGB settings, which tend to be very stable and resist drift well for a consumer-grade display. Having played with some of the color modes (Scenic, Theatre, etc) before turning them off they do provide a variety of useful options, especially if you're using multiple inputs - one of the best features is that it remembers your mode settings between inputs. So I can have my custom settings for the DVI input while I use the theatre settings for my HDMI (TiVo) input, and it remembers and transitions between the two seamlessly.
Having said that, there are some problems with using this as a TV unit. First of course it has no built-in tuner, so you need a TiVo or some other HDMI device to provide a signal. It also has no way of remotely switching the inputs - some displays either include a remote, or have the option of configuring keystrokes to switch inputs that could be programmed to a universal remote. This display does not - so to switch inputs you have to hit the input button on the front of the display. It also has no remote way to adjust the volume, other than the buttons on the front of the screen, and the speakers aren't of the highest quality or volume. Of course most low profile monitors & TV's suffer from weak speakers due to the thin size, but these are probably below average, even for built-in monitor speakers.
Overall, I'm very happy with this display and it works well for my needs. All-in-all it's a great choice as a consumer-grade monitor, even for my picky, very color-specific photography needs.