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excellent for me!,
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This review is from: ASUS VS239H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED IPS Monitor (Personal Computers)
this monitor is a huge upgrade for me, coming from a nearly decade-old dell 17-incher, that despite its age was still performing ably - just wanted something more. this... well this is definitely more! the picture quality of this monitor is fantastic, and leagues and leagues beyond my old TN monitor.
a few notes from the unboxing and initial plug-in: i found the default brightness, contrast, and saturation to be too high. i also had a bit of trouble getting the full resolution to appear without flicker - but i found that this was due to the need to update the driver for my graphics card. i also tweaked the focus setting until it looked right to my (undoubtedly different than your) eyes. once those tweaks were done, all was in good order. i did try out the eco-mode setting - skip it; it caused the brightness and contrast to change by intervals depending upon the amount of text that was visible on a spreadsheet, and was very distracting. fortunately it's pretty green on electricity as it is.
a couple things to note from other reviews i've seen around the interweb - some people complained about a "film" over the screen, and indeed, while it's not truly a matte finish, it's not glossy either. the screen has a sort of pearl finish, so that on white or bright blue screens or screen areas, there is an iridescence there that some may find distracting for very detail-oriented editing projects. on a completely black screen (term used loosely), there is indeed noticeable light bleed from all corners, most noticeably on this particular one on the lower right corner. additionally, this light-bled area, when seen from an angle slightly to the side, does have a bit of a maroon tinge to it. coming from an old TN monitor, however, it still looks good, and that tinge is something i'm used to seeing i suppose.
another big difference is viewing angle - and a lot of reviews seem to tout this as a hugely important aspect of the experience (maybe i'm old fashioned, but i'm usually in front of my computer when i'm using it, so this isn't a major thing for me). i did look at it from side angles, and while the colors stayed true, there was a little loss of brightness as the angles got more and more obtuse.
to test the various things i'll use it for, i switched only between the standard and theater "splendid" modes. in standard mode, a large spreadsheet, zoomed out, in a small font, was crisp as new linen. so were a couple of detailed google sketchup projects i pulled up, as well as photos i pulled up for my amateur-but-anal-retentive style of editing. the pearlescence of the finish did nothing to detract from any of these projects, and honestly i didn't even notice it, except when i was deliberately looking at it.
in theater mode, the crash scene in Super8, streaming from Netflix, was crisp, clear, and enjoyable to watch. the light bleed / maroon issue wasn't a distraction in watching this scene - which occurs against a black background; maybe being in theater mode helped in this regard due to the naturally lower brightness level. (incidentally, this scene is where i well noticed and corrected the color saturation level, so that it no longer appeared that all the children in the scene were wearing lipstick.) truly, the light bleed i'd seen on a black screen made not the slightest bit of difference to my enjoyment or to the functionality of the screen. i didn't notice it, and don't remember even if i looked for it - but if i forgot to look for it then it wasn't really an issue, was it?
it should be considered, in all this, that i was coming from an old 17" 4:3 TN monitor (that needed cleaning, too, if i'm honest) - i am not coming from a 23" IPS monitor of a different kind to this one, and if that's you, you might seriously consider seeing this in action or side-by-siding it with something else if at all possible, particularly if your profession or obsessive hobby requires that you use this monitor to fine-tune photos or something.
the only connection i used was VGA via the supplied cable. i did not use either the HDMI connection or the DVI, so i cannot comment on their functionality. are there built-in speakers? honestly, i don't know; i think there are but they'd only work with an HDMI connection, which i didn't test. and you should never read a review of built-in monitor speakers, since they're always going to be lousier than a ten-dollar pair of discrete speakers.
only other comment - the OSD and buttons to navigate it are unintuitive - the up-down-left-right of it takes some getting used to. they're also very uncomfortable to use, being mounted along the bottom edge. not a big deal all in all, but worth mentioning if your a constant fiddler.
overall, i'm extremely pleased with this, and i would wholeheartedly recommend it. for the price (which amazon lowered by 5 bucks IMMEDIATELY after i bought it, you jerks!), you can't beat it.
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2012 12:57:06 AM PDT
Christopher Gates says:
Thank you for your very thorough review. I plan on running a Mac Mini off HDMI but your takes on IPS viewing angle, screen finish and eco-mode are extremely helpful.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2012 8:20:01 AM PDT
P. Julian Plyter says:
my pleasure - did you end up getting it?
Posted on Jan 4, 2013 7:38:09 AM PST
Considering you have a high resolution monitor cable of 1900x1080, you should really invest in a DVI cable assuming your computer supports that interface. Text especially will be clearer using an all-digital connector instead of VGA to VGA.
There's really no reason to use VGA anymore.
Posted on Nov 5, 2013 7:31:03 AM PST
How are orange levels?
How does the following picture look, http://postimg.org/image/xx9et1zgl/full/
I ask because I use f.lux and it makes the screen more orange at night to literally match the color temperature of indoor lights.
I think you may like the program, it only activates at night!
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