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3.0 out of 5 stars 1920x1080 resolution, has HDMI port, August 8, 2012
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This review is from: Asus VE228H 21.5-Inches LCD Monitor (Personal Computers)
Affordable monitor, with some merits. Has easily discovered weaknesses too. Perfect for this: needs lots of screen estate pixel wise, for instance working with text editing, computer programming, needs dual monitors without breaking the bank. Let me start by saying that the format 16:9 is really bad as a computer monitor form factor, but you get what you get and you don't throw a fit. The backward steps with underachiever 1366x768 or slightly better 1600x900 resolutions are insults to people who actually have real work todo with their computers, rather than watch movies all day long. I bought this monitor for Mac Mini 2011 use. ** PROS: monitor has HDMI connector, gets audio via HDMI, works well with Thunderbolt to HDMI conversion cable, the wake up from computer sleep mode works nicely, monitor reports screen resolution capabilities to computer over HDMI correctly. Absolutely no flickering observed at 1920x1080 resolution (nice). Very crisp text (when Mac font smoothing turned off). ** CONS: rendering of grayscale gradients has obvious banding and pink/cyan coloring, see LAGOM LCD test, or check the "Ducks on a Misty Pond" desktop image (Mac) for reference. Problems with white balance, nearly white (253, 254) on completely white background (255), and problems with nearly black on completely black background (LAGOM LCD test). The screen intensity and color hue changes significantly depending on viewing angle, especially in portrait mode. The speakers has distortion when attempting 75 to 100% volume settings. The monitor stand does not have a builtin 90 swiveling action, a separate stand ($30) needed for portrait mode. ** CONCLUSION: recommended for general computer tasks, but don't take photo viewing too seriously. Note: Asus VS229H-P model offers e-IPS (In Plane Switching) screen compared to VE228H TN (Twisted Nematics) TFT for roughly same price. The IPS technology could be added value in portrait mode, but (grayscale) gradient rendering is probably an issue in low cost models. ** UPDATE: bought second monitor for dual screen setup, no dead or stuck pixels (=good). I discovered that volume up/down slider becomes disabled on Mac Mini when VE288H monitor is used for sound output. I decided to connect USB speakers, which re-enabled the volume & mute functions directly from the keyboard and Mac menu bar.
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