Abstract: The Asus PM17TU is an economical 17" LCD monitor designed for gamers. Its prime attribute is a fast screen which
boasts a ghost-busting 3ms G-to-G pixel response time.|
Conclusions on the Asus PM17TU
As 17" LCD displays
go, the Asus PM17TU
is well suited to the task of quickly displaying game screens or playing
back a fast paced film. The screen's glossy coating seems to
melt away in scenes which are primarily black, and light bleedthrough wasn't
A contrast ratio of 600:1 and brightness rating of
500 nits ensures luminous colour saturated pictures that anyone looking at the
Asus PM17TU from head can admire.
However, the default brightness setting on the Asus
PM17TU is too bright for
our taste, and we found this affected the appearance of applications in Windows negatively.
This was particularly the case for gray shades which appeared washed out or yellowish at
With a sticker price of $250 CDN ($250 USD / £125 GBP), the 17"
Asus PM17TU LCD monitor is affordable for its intended audience. I wouldn't
recommend this display for a office monitor, or for a graphic artist as the
colour and luminance can be overstated and lead to misinterpretations.
Aside from that, the Asus PM17TU
offers a generally good experience when correctly configured. The 17" screen has
very shallow viewing angles that we personally found limiting (140/130), yet it does have
a great contrast ratio of 600:1, and brightness value of 500cd/m2.
Viewing angles are often closely tied to price, so
the limitation here can be understood. The tight pixel pitch and native
resolution of 1280x1024 pixels allow the 3ms pixel response time to do away with
PM17TU's controls are poorly thought out, and we found them cumbersome to
use. This component of the PM17TU was rather disappointing.
With such a mixed bag of
impressions left after our time working with the 17" ASUS PM17TU LCD display,
we're reticent to recommend it. To be fair, the Asus PM17TU is
perfectly suited for fast paced gaming, but without proper calibration it really falls short
in the desktop application experience. I suppose if you can get a hand
of the poorly implemented control panel and adjust the picture properly for
Windows, you'll be satisfied with a generally nice picture from head on.
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