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Written by Doug Dallam   
Sunday, 05 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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

I've owned this monitor for almost a year now. When I got it, I immediately tested it for dead and stuck pixels using simple online color swatches that help you identify stuck and dead pixels. To this day, I have not one dead or stuck pixel. If you need to perform this test yourself, just search for something like "LCD pixel test" and you should find more than enough information to do so.

I also own a 23" AOC TF 16:9 monitor and a 23" Philllips IPS 16:10 panel that I use side by side in a multiple monitor set up. What can I say? I used to use the Phillips IPS panel as my main display. Now I use the ASUS for my main display. It's that good. Out of all three of my monitors, one costing over 1200.00 USD, this is now my main display. The text is nice and crisp, games look brilliant, and for normal computing, it's nice to have a bigger picture and text too. I don't process images on it, though, when I'm processing for clients. That activity is reserved for the IPS panel, but for everything else, I use the ASUS. I would use it for processing if I had to, though, since as demonstrated, after calibration, it's color accuracy compared to my IPS panel was extremely close. I'd just need to be careful about positioning myself in front of the monitor, since TF panels shift contrast and color when moving in front of them.

Last, LCD panels are native resolution only really. In other words, the "native" resolution (1920x1200 for this monitor) is how the monitor should be used. Otherwise, text become somewhat blurry. Again, I was surprised by the ASUS at how well it scaled text when set to 1600x1200. It's almost indistinguishable. Still, you can tell the difference and will want to run the monitor in its native 190x1200 resolution. What's nice about this finding is that if you need to run your games in 1600, you can with hardly any text degradation.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte UD5 ver2
  • System Memory: 12GB OCZ Gold Triple Channel: OCZ3G1600LV2G
  • Processor: Intel Core 920
  • Video: BFG GTX295
  • Primary Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB
  • Monitor:ASUS VW266H
  • Operating System:Windows 7 Ultimate
  • AOC 23" TF 16:9 panel
  • Phillips 23" 16:10 IPS panel


There isn't one thing I can list that is a negative, except what was already discussed (and those items were not negatives but simply factual information about TF panels and resolution). As stated above, all TF panels suffer color shift and contrast washout when viewed from extreme angles, and some of the same even at marginal changes in viewing angle. On the other hand, if you view your monitor in front of you, you won't notice it, that is, unless you're doing high level graphics/photography work. This is the same phenomenon that you get when you flip open your laptop and move the screen forward and backwards. You can see the screen change color and contrast. It's no big deal. It's normal. Deal with it (or pay a lot more for an IPS panel with the same 16:10 aspect ratio).

Actually, I do have a gripe, also mentioned above. The navigation buttons frustrate me. That's it. Seriously, this monitor is that good. The OSD is well laid out, even if the button navigation isn't so hot. It comes with all of the cables you need, plus a power cord (believe it or not). When playing Crysis 2, Eve Online, and Mortal Online, plus watching videos, I see no ghosting at all. That's pretty much a thing of the past, though, but worth mentioning.

One other thing to remember is the resolution in relation to your graphics card. If you have an older video card and are using a resolution below 1920x1200, you may run into problems. Suddenly games you are playing at say 1680x1050 become choppy due to the extra load of 1920x1200 resolution on the old graphics card. So is this going to be a problem today? Probably not since even three years ago a 9800GTX card would push a resolution of 1920x1200 under most gaming conditions (You might have to lower options, but you get the picture).

All of this is speculative, however, because there are games out there that will tax even the most modern of cards, and do it at 1600 resolution. Games are now, thankfully, highly scalable and so you shouldn't have any problems finding a setting that will work for you. The point is that if you're stepping up in resolution, check your video card to make sure you can run the software you want to run. The higher the resolution, the more it will tax your video card. Mainly, this only applies to games, and the game specifications should tell you what type of card you will need to run at any specific resolution. Everything else you run, web browser, business apps, watching movies, and so on will most likely be fine.



# 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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