|ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD Monitor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Doug Dallam|
|Monday, 06 June 2011|
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ASUS Monitor Final Thoughts
When I was looking for a larger than 23" monitor I new I wanted a 16:10 aspect ratio that had at least 1920x1200 resolution. As I looked, it became obvious that the trend was to move from 16:10 to 16:9, and I dislike that trend. Although the ASUS VW266H is priced higher than a like sized monitor at 16:9, the increase in screen space in relation to cost was a pleasant surprise and well worth the few extra dollars.
While writing this article, I read where, indeed, the reason this monitor is hard to find is because it is in such demand, but again, I can't prove that. At 279.00 USD (plus the 30.00 USD rebate I received), it was, at least for me, a bargain. I suspect that in the coming months, you'll be able to get a monitor similar to this for even a better price, so keep looking if you're not in a hurry.
You're probably wondering why I haven't mentioned the internal speakers yet. Well, because they hardly merit any discussion, except to say, like all monitor speakers, they sound like cheap, tinny speakers. The reason manufacturers do this is because their competition does it. It's not because having speakers in computer monitor is a great idea, especially when you can pick a pair up for less than 20.00 USD that will give you better sound quality. On the other hand, if you're already stretching your budget, those internal monitor speakers may be a life saver.
Something else to think about is how big is too big for a specific resolution? As mentioned above, if 23" monitors are using a native resolution of 1920x1200, how big can you go until things get too grainy? I can't answer that question. My advise would be to read reviews and look directly at a monitor in a showroom, if possible, before you buy that new 27" with a 1920x1200 resolution.
ASUS VW266H Conclusion
The ASUSVW266H maintains the 16:10 aspect ratio so desired by computer enthusiasts, while keeping the price down to manageable levels. There are bigger monitors out there for around the same price tag, but not at this aspect ratio, so watch for that. Also watch for quality. We never know what goes into a manufacturer's offerings, but ASUS is a well respected company and the 266H has a great warranty.
Perhaps the trend for 16:10 25"+ TF monitors is to become even cheaper, much cheaper in fact than even a year ago. One example is the Hanns·G HZ281HPB Widescreen LCD Monitor reviewed here at Benchmark Reviews just last December. So keep that in mind. However, by the time ASUS fills the "out of stock" suppliers again, the price might be even be lower than 279.00 USD (plus the 30.00 USD rebate), when I bought this monitor. We'll have to wait and see.
You won't go wrong purchasing this monitor though. It's done everything I've needed to it do, play games, compute, light graphics work, and that big, big beautiful picture, plus the 3 year dead pixel warranty. Additionally, after color calibrating, the color is exceptionally accurate, at least compared to my Phillips 23" Brilliance IPS panel, and I was very impressed with its horizontal viewing angle.
As for the aesthetics of the ASUSVW266H, it's in line with most other monitors. It's black, thin bezeled, sleek, clean. What more can you say, right? At least that's better than the trend a few years ago that used a silver bezel.
I have no qualms with the quality of this monitor. I've been using it everyday, 8-10 hours a day and have had not one problem with it. It came without one dead or hot pixel and today it remains the same. Remember too that I have two other monitors for caparison sake: the Phillips 23" IPS 16:10 graphics panel and a 23" AOC standard 16:9 panel. From a quality perspective, it's just as nicely built as the other two.
Functionally speaking, it's a monitor on a monitor stand that functions like any other monitor today. It's adequate and I don't know what could be done to make it any better, except to put it on a monitor arm, like I have done. The only thing that bothers me a little is the OSD navigation, but that's a minor issue. Once you play with it for a while, you get the hang of it.
When I bought this monitor, it was the cheapest thing going for a quality name brand 16:10 25.5" LCD panel at 279.00 USD. After nearly a year, it's still going strong without one problem, it shipped without any pixel problems, and it remains so today.
+ Big screen
- Hard to find
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