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Written by Doug Dallam   
Monday, 06 June 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD Monitor
Closer Look: ASUS VW266H
ASUS VW266H Detailed Features
Panel Tehnology Features
Features and Specifications
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASUS VW266H Detailed Features

Obviously these are the controls. I can never remember what the icons stand for so I just start from the left and start pushing until I get what I want. And you will get what you want because this monitor comes with a whole box of settings. So, for posterity, let's go over them.

Starting on the left, we have the "modes." There are a total of 5 modes. You're probably familiar with these "modes" if you've ever adjusted an LCD television in the past couple of years. They give you a variable picture according to brightness and contrast, sharpness, color, saturation, and color temperature. Just hit the button on the fly and you get what seems like a brighter or darker display. Mode choices: Scenery, Theater, Game, Night, and Standard. Next we have the volume control, then the Menu, the Brightness, Input (DVI, HDMI Component, and VGA), and last the on/off button.


My only gripe is that I would have put the Menu button on the far left, not right in the middle, but then who am I right? Actually, I have another gripe too. The button navigation system is a little frustrating because the icons don't always correspond to what you want to do when navigating the menu. That is, however, a minor objection when considering a monitor. The OSD, though, is nicely laid out. Harking back to the menu button, this is the blood and guts of the monitor, and the options you have available get pretty gory. I'm not going to go into each one, but I'll mention a few.

You get preset color temps with Cool, Normal, Warm, sRGB, and User Mode. User mode allows you to adjust red, green, and blue to your needs. The preset sRGB mode does a pretty decent all around, general job of controlling the red, green and blue output. However, I sometimes put my graphics level IPS LCD side by side and use the "User" option to adjust by sight, which further improves color accuracy. I did, however, get the best color accuracy after hardware calibrating the monitor, and we'll go over that in depth later. Another noteworthy adjustment is the "Skin Tones" preset. You get three to choose from: Reddish, Natural, and Yellowish. The preset options are a nice touch and should satisfy most users, but you also get manual adjustments if you need them.

Additionally, if you use one of the preset modes (Theater, Gaming, Night, etc.), you won't be able to access the sRGB option since the sRGB option adjusts all of the monitor color and contrast variables to its own color table. If you see the sRGB option grayed out, simply choose the "Standard" option preset and the sRGB option will be available. Last, let me say that you can drive this monitor to an eye frying, thermonuclear contrast level using the manual or preset adjustments. I'm not kidding. This thing gets really bright. Thankfully, setting it to "Standard" brings contrast back to reality.

Let's look at the main OSD settings:



You can see above what I was talking about when I said some options will gray out if others are selected.




Now this is something you need to know if you have a need for color accuracy and you want to use hardware calibration tools. You won't find Kelvin numbers under the Cool, Normal, and Warm options. What you get is simply Cool, Normal, and Warm. I researched and could not find what each of those corresponded too on the Kelvin scale, so I'm guessing they correspond to other monitors Kelvin numbers, such as "Normal" would be at or very close to 6500. Choosing them confirmed this as "Normal" was much less blue than "Cool" and not as red as "Warm." This is important for calibration because your calibration hardware will ask you to use the monitor's factory settings, plus 6500 Kelvin. Well, actually you can just set the hardware to auto-dumb mode and let it go, and you'll probably get the same result. Anything we can do to get better color accuracy, however, is a benefit.


Here we have the business end of the monitor. This is pretty standard as you get DVI, HDMI, Component, and VGA inputs. You can also see that you have audio input and output jacks. Green is input and the other, black, is headphones or output. The input is there because the ASUS VW266H comes with internal speakers. Do any of you ever use those? Well, I guess they could be useful. I can imagine a time when I'm really broke and need to listen to some music and all I have is my monitor. Kidding aside, I can see that for office use they could provide some sound when needed at no extra cost or desktop real estate. Still, I've never used internal monitor speakers, and later on I'll tell you why. For now, let's get a little deeper into the technology of the ASUS VW266H LCD panel.



# RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorAustin Downing 2011-06-05 21:12
Do you use particular tool to calibrate your IPS that you use for photography?
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# RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDoug Dallam 2011-06-05 21:30
I use the Datacolor Spyder 2 Suite to calibrate all my monitors. Is that what you mean?
It's an older version but works just like the new one does, so far anyway.
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# RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDerrick Meyer 2011-06-05 21:50
I've had this monitor for about 15 months and love it. Everyone compliments the big size and the clarity upon seeing my build. The first thing they notice is my monitor then my Antec 1200 build.

I set out to purchase the best monitor for the price and after months of research I decided on this one. I find the 16:10 aspect ratio is excellent for coding and just having more space on the screen for applications.

For me, the only way up is to get a 2500x1600 monitor (which are on the $1000 range, a bit out of my budget right now).
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# RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDoug Dallam 2011-06-05 22:20
Yep, Derrick. It is a good monitor. I wish ASUS would make the same size in an IPS panel. I'd like to have a 30" 2500x1600 IPS panel, but that is WAY out of my range. With 3 panels, I guess I'm ok as it is. I only use two at a time even. But then that's 1900 x 2 for a total of 3800 effective horizontal desktop space. I used a third at 1900 but found I rarely had a need for that much space. Thanks for your comment.
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# RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorMichael 2011-06-09 02:50
I got 3 of these monitors for Eyefinity, and I have to say I am still happy with then after I got them 2y ago.

Would defiantly recommend these monitors to anyone.

Me and my brother buy our PC usually at the same time, and he gets the same hardware as I have, only he went for 27" 1080p monitors, were I went for the VW266H.

And now every time he is at my home and uses my PC he regretting not also getting 1920x1200 monitor even do he likes the bigger size screens he got now, he really dislikes 1080p.

But to me it dose not look like its a supply problem whit this monitor, more like that EOLed the monitor as it not bin available her in the EU any ware for the last 6 months and only some sparsely VK266H are available
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorMichael 2011-06-09 02:59
PS. the ProLite E2607WS-B1 / E2607WSD-B1 / E2607WSV-B1 ar 3 very nice alternatives.

I got E2607WSV-B1 for a friend and seeing that monitor standing next to the VW266H, there was not mouths of a difference between the to of them in picture quality
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# RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorAustin Downing 2011-06-05 22:25
Yea, I am looking at a Eye-One Display 2. Also I actually this ASUS as my primary Screen simply wonderful!
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# RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDoug Dallam 2011-06-05 22:31
You could definitely use it for processing. It's just a matter of staying in the sweet spot. As discussed in the review too, it does have its limitations. When I'm post processing in Lightroom 3, for instance, sometimes I just can't get the highlights or contrast under control. It's just a limitation of this monitor. On my other TF panel, it's not a problem, but it has other problems too. The other thing you have to look at when printing is that you don't under over expose the print, since the monitor is so bright. IPS's are just really better for post processing and graphics work, but this one does a good job of coming in with accurate color after being calibrated--at least when you're in the center of the screen.
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# res?Str 2011-06-06 01:27
1900x1200 or 1920x1200 ?
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# RE: res?Doug Dallam 2011-06-06 02:11
1920--thanks. I've been working with so many xxxXxxx's I'm practically blind.
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# RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorComputer Ed 2011-06-06 04:24
Seriously you ding a monitor for not having USB ports? I see this all the time lately with monitors and keyboards, people dinging them for not having them. WHY? The arguement that you need easy access for USB is BUNK since any modern case has at least 2 ports of front acces.
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# RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDoug Dallam 2011-06-06 04:39
Well I didn't "ding" this monitor enough to take away any points. But it is nice to have USB ports on a monitor so you can plug in stuff that you never take out, like your keyboard, mouse, Bluetooth, or other wireless device. It helps keep cords on the desk, not traveling feet to your box, which helps to keep from tripping up the cords and taking the whole thing to the floor. It was more of a courtesy to mention it rather than something necessary before thinking about a purchase.
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# erm, why?kovboi 2011-06-18 12:45
Ok, I love this site. But I'm perplexed - why this review of a discontinued product that hasn't been available for a year now?
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# RE: erm, why?Olin Coles 2011-06-18 13:08
Because good products deserve a review, even if it's a little late.
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# RE: erm, why?Doug Dallam 2011-06-18 14:59
Actually, the reason we did it is because (1) we still don't know if it is discontinued or back ordered; and (2) there aren't any other content oriented reviews on this great monitor, and for 230.00 USD (with rebate) it truly is value. But for sure, I can see your point.
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# RE: RE: erm, why?kovboi 2011-06-18 18:47
I should clarify that I own one of these monitors and I love it. In fact, I'd love to get a couple more if I could find one, but none of the major distributors have carried it for some time. I agree that good products deserve to be reviewed. One thing worth adding that I didn't see in the review: there are VESA mounting holes, you just have to remove the back panel to get at them.
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# RE: RE: RE: erm, why?Doug Dallam 2011-06-18 19:08
Yep there are VESA holes and the reason I didn't mention them is that all monitors have them these days.
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# RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD Monitorkovboi 2011-06-18 19:15
Dude, I had to search to find them precisely because nobody mentions them. That's all. Not being critical. I'll go back to lurking now.
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# RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDoug Dallam 2011-06-18 23:25
Hey no worries. We're always grateful for any input, regardless of what it is. Please participate whenever you can. I didn't take your comment as being critical in a negative way at all.
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# RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorNormand Bremault 2011-10-07 14:32
all monitors have them these days... afaid not; LOTS DON'T; just bought a new monitor & vesa mounts had to be there;so I didn't select lots do to the fact they did not have vesa; my choice was a ASUS PROART 24 IPS which is just... wow!
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# RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDoug Dallam 2011-10-07 22:06
Are you saying you bought a new monitor and it didn't have VESA mounts? I'm thinking about picking up that ASUS 24" IPS also. Really itchy trigger finger to do it, but my old Phillips 23" IPS is still working good enough for accurate color and contrast for printing, so I just can't justify it.

What monitor did you buy that did not have VESA mounts? Every monitor I have checked in the last 2 years had them, and I mean every monitor.
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# RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorNormand Bremault 2011-10-08 15:07
Just look at some of the latest Samsung monitors they DO NOT HAVE VESA mount; I've always been a Samsung fan but any monitor I get needs to be wall mounted;I upgraded to a 24~16:10;IPS; It was a toss up between ASUS or DELL.Spent alot of time reading reviews & educating myself on the IPS monitors. My choice was a ASUS PROART 24 IPS. I'll never own anything but IPS monitors from here on in.Don't know about the Philips model but ASUS makes one nice monitor...
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# RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorOlin Coles 2011-10-08 15:55
Which models don't have VESA mounts? I just looked at some of the latest models, and they all feature removable stands with VESA mount holes.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDavid Ramsey 2011-10-08 16:44
The Samsung S27A950D and its 23" cousin don't appear to have VESA mounts. They're the ones that look like sci-fi movie props.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorOlin Coles 2011-10-08 17:08
That monitor intentionally comes without VESA because of the permanent base.
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# RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDdoug Dallam 2011-10-08 21:55
Wow that's a nice looking monitor, but not if you want to mount it.Well, thanks for that. It's good to know to watch out if you plan on mounting. The Phillips is an older model but still what is called the S-IPS. The Asus doesn't have anymore brightness, which is 400 both on my Phillips and the Asus. Also, it looks like my Phillips from a thickness stand point. It's still thick, too.

If you don't need a monitor for color accurate use, such as photography, you really don't need the IPS panels, though. The monitor in this review is pretty amazing for saturation, brightness, and size. If I weren't a photographer, I'd be happy with it. But even with hardware calibration, the white balance is off from the Phillips, and when I print, the Phillips looks just like the print.

I might get one anyway just to see how it looks next to my old Phillips. I feel like the Phillips is too warm, even after calibration though. If I choose a white desktop background, it looks yellowish compared to my other monitors (TN panels). Can you check and see what yours looks like when you choose an all white background?
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorNormand Bremault 2011-10-09 05:05
It's as white as white can get... never seen black so black...all the other colors are Adobe RGB Mode: compatible with Adobe RGB color space.
White Point Xw 0.3127 Yw 0.329 Primaries Xr Yr Xg Yg Xb Yb
0.64 0.33 0.21 0.71 0.15 0.06... This is out of the box,no hardware calibration done; I may tweak it down the road but at the moment I LIKE IT AS IS...even my MAC buddies love it....My card is a AMD Radeon? Sapphire 6950 with 2GB Of memory;it has no problem supporting the monitor...
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDoug Dallam 2011-10-09 14:13
Could you change your color settings to sRGB and see what a white background looks like? It is strange because I get white looking whites, but the screen has a yellow cast to it when looking at a blank white screen. But when I do processing, the images look white when the white balance is corrected for a "correct" white balance. Thanks again. Soooo close to getting that monitor.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorNormand Bremault 2011-10-10 18:35
No change,it's as above statement,no yellow cast whats so ever;every day I get amazed at the quality of the product...
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD MonitorDoug Dallam 2011-10-10 21:01
I really wish you hadn't said that. But thanks!
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