ASUS MS236H Monitor Review
Now the "Unique Selling Point" of the ASUS MS236H is the design. More specifically the stand itself, and the buttons. So let's grab a look.
Firstly the contents of the box are all you'd expect. To ensure the monitor is kept as thin as possible, only 16.5mm thick, the power is removed from the monitor and kept in a separate block. We also have a VGA to VGA lead, DVI to VGA adaptor and DVI to HDMI adaptor. Finally the stand itself which consists of a smoke plastic ring, a clear plastic triangle for stability, and a single screw to keep it all together.
The rear of the MS236H, unlike the piano black front, is very white indeed. It's quite a contrast, but white is popular these days so maybe you'll like it. It's also clear that we have no VESA compatibility here, so the stand better put the monitor at exactly the right spot.
And here is the stand itself. It consists of two parts the main ring itself and the clear triangle that allows it to remain planted hopefully. It's a little bit, shall we say 'fun', to get the triangle on the ring, and it's slightly concerning to see it hasn't got any form of grip on the bottom.
The mounting point for the stand is extremely simple. It's a slight hinge with very limited movement, onto which you screw the stand. Couldn't be simpler. Apparently this hinge contains the "ASUS-exclusive Ergo-Fit Technology, which allows for easy tilting adjustment with just one finger".
Here the stand is mounted, with the stabilising triangle. Two points to make here are that the triangle isn't obligatory should you feel it detracts sufficiently from the aesthetics, and also that although the underside of the ring appears to have a sliver of rubber on it, it hasn't.
With the stand in place the monitor sits fairly vertically, and the piano black gloss finish really makes taking photos a pain, but looks very swish.
On the rear we have four main inputs. The power, a HDMI, DVI and a headphone port.
On the front we have 6 capacitive buttons for the various settings and the power itself. From left to right we have the display mode, contrast, menu, brightness and input. The contrast/brightness double up for maneuvering around the OSD, and the menu and display mode buttons are used for ok/cancel respectively.