The 24" Asus VH242H widescreen LCD
monitor is hard to sum up. We can't decide if this ASUS monitor falls under
budget home theatre cinematic LCD or productivity enhancing wide
screen LCD. It fulfills
both roles equally well, within its class.
Built on TFT/TN LCD panel technology, it's pretty clear from the get go
that ASUS' VH242H LCD isn't competing against professional grade displays like
the Samsung 275T and its S-PVA panel. Twisted Nematic (TFT/TN) LCD
technology is the least expensive to manufacturer, and it's inherent limitations
with respect to viewing angles and colour quality are well publicized.
Instead, the ASUS VH242H is firmly oriented towards budget-minded folks who want a
big 24" screen and aren't prepared to pay more than $300 bucks to get it. Viewing
angles, colour representation and all the finer points of an LCD spec sheet
that affect professional users tend to fly by the wayside for individuals
spending most of their time surfing the web, doing written work or tasks
where hyper-acurate colour representation isn't a concern. (I would add that
photographers, illustrators, graphic artists, and web designers ought to
aim towards LCD display's based on S-PVA or IPS technology. These LCD
technologies are better suited to your professional tasks.)
VH242H features fairly average 170°/160° viewing angles, a good 1000:1
contrast ratio (20:000:1 dynamic), brightness of 300cd/m2 and quick
5ms pixel response rate. The 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for watching High Definition movies
at full screen, at 1080p, but the limited viewing angles mean you'll want to sit
directly in front of this LCD to get the best picture.
specs are largely identical to that of the Samsung 2243BW
widescreen display PCSTATS recently tested, we prefer the ASUS VH242H monitor
over that model. The picture wasn't perfect on either screen compared to
an S-PVA panel that costs upwards of $600, but overall the
VH242H had better visual attributes in comparison to Samsung's
Does the ASUS VH242H play games well with great looking graphics? Yes.
Does it play back Blu-Ray movies full screen at 1080p with a good looking picture? Yes.
Is it a suitable widescreen office monitor for regular
work-a-day tasks? Yes.
The ASUS VH242H retails for a very affordable $240USD, and while it has
limited viewing angles of 170°/160°, a stand that isn't much good for anything but
head-on viewing, and doesn't ship with an HDMI cable, for it's
big size and low cost it's hard to argue
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