ASUS VW266H Monitor Review

OSD and View Angles

ASUS VW266H    Review

OSD and View Angles

The On-Screen Display is familiar to anyone who has previously used an Asus monitor, and if you haven't then it's about as intuitive as these things can get. 

Firstly we have the Asus splendid presets, which we will demonstrate on the next page. Moving along we have the obligatory Brightness/Contrast adjustments. Proper calibration of your monitor to the light conditions that are wherever you will use it is vital. More often than not monitors, like televisions, are shipped with everything to the stops so that it will stand out in the brightly lit shop. Whilst insane brightness, contrast and huge saturation might be important in the sales world, at home or in the office we much prefer something that is easy on the eye and produces good colour reproduction.

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Speaking of colour, or "color", that is the next thing along in our OSD. There should never be a reason to adjust the color [sic] temperature as minor swings to either the warm or cool end of the spectrum can be adjusted in a much more delicate manner.

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Finally system setup which is, barring the reset of some ham-fisted adjusting, something you'll never need to use.

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View Angles

Ah viewing angles. There are two real differences between the cheaper, and thus the one that nearly everybody owns, TN panel and the more expensive IPS or PVA types. The first, and far more important, is colour reproduction. TN panels are limited in the amount of colours they can display at any one time and so in graphics work it's almost vital that you choose a more expensive panel as befits the importance of your work. At least 90% of you will never notice the difference, and of those remaining 10% barely any will actually care.

The second thing that is oft quoted is viewing angles. Simply the ability of the monitor to produce a consistent image whether you're looking at it standing up, laying down or walking past. To be honest I've never held much weight to that. A lot of monitor snobs will belittle a panel saying "oh but if you look at it from three feet below and at a 100° angle the colours are amiss". I don't know about our OC3D audience but I'd wager not many of you lay on the floor below your desk and play games or watch movies. I reckon you, like the rest of us, sit in front of it. It's not even as if the primary usage for a display of this type is as your main family television and so you have to make sure that your Dad snoozing by the fire has the same picture as your Grandma staring out the window.

Anyway, given that inexplicably some people demand to know if it still looks great whilst they do handstands up the other end of the room, here are some viewing angle shots. As you can see for such a large panel it's very consistent. This Lagom.nl test picture is an extreme example used for calibration and testing purposes. In average use it's even less noticeable. Should you feel the need to do the Macarena in the middle of a Photoshop session.

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Most Recent Comments

12-07-2010, 04:29:16

tinytomlogan
The last Asus monitor we looked at had a great panel and an abysmal design. How does this latest one fair?

Continue Reading

12-07-2010, 05:56:02

F-alienware
I soooo nearly got an Asus back in January when I got my Hannspree. Thing was it was literally a neck and neck race and the Asus cost more.

Great review as always Bryan and top marks for actually bothering to show the viewing angles. I've read so many reviews now where they say "viewing angles are not very good" but don't bother to show you how good.

Very impressive.

12-07-2010, 06:22:42

silenthill
Nice review, if only ASUS put a TV tuner in this monitor it would have been a great monitor which you can sit back and watch TV, I think because of the size and the ability to connect to Component (YPbPr) or HDMI for the XBOX or PS3 and even a DVD player this monitor should have been a all in one. As for games if youre sitting near it you need to set the Antialiasing on your graphic card to at least 8X because for that size monitor it would defiantly show those rough edges no matter how good the panel is, but there is a solution to this just go back to about 1m from the monitor when youre playing a game of course you will have to use a game pad but I guarantee you will have a better gaming experience.

12-07-2010, 08:21:43

Goran
really thinking of buying this monitor for uni, can use it for a pc monitor, can plug my mac mini in for htpc, an xbox in to hdmi and a digital tuner in the component

saweeeeeeeet

where do you suggest buying from?

12-07-2010, 08:34:05

silenthill
www.bargain-mad.co.uk are selling it for 262.99 check it out

12-07-2010, 09:30:55

tinytomlogan
Price and a link to the product is at the top of each page - CCL have it in stock fella.

12-07-2010, 10:58:16

Goran
oh THATS where the price is! looked through each page to find it

i'm not sure about ccl, had a bad experience with them the first time round

12-07-2010, 11:35:07

silenthill
Just wondering how much power this monitor consumes, couldnt find it in the review.

12-07-2010, 14:14:23

F-alienware
I really like Scan. As much as I wanted to hate them for the mess up they made with my Lanparty* I can't. Through and through their customer service is excellent.

*Had a DOA brand new Lanparty Dark, sent it back and they didn't realise mine was new and sent me some old crusty refurbished one. Mind you, they did fix that (RMA again) but I had to end up ordering the Crosshair 2 and getting a cash refund cos their RMA can be slow.

12-07-2010, 16:17:27

silenthill
you will always have problems with most retailers these days the problem is not with the company it is with the staff nobody cares anymore it's just a job with minimal wage if they loss it they will find something ells for the same low wage.

12-07-2010, 16:38:03

F-alienware
Scan's staff were great. I mean yeah, some one made a mistake in the RMA dept but not once did I have to pay a penny in shipping.

Annoyingly I didn't know that the Crosshair 2's bios logo app kills boards, so that had to go back too. I tell you man, with computers when it rains it bloody pours

12-07-2010, 16:48:56

silenthill
I totally agree if something goes wrong with the system the rest of the components join in and make your day really miserable

12-07-2010, 16:50:08

thestepster
ill +1 on scans RMA being great i got a neo vortexx but when it got here it was all busted up they picked it up the next day took it back seen it was busted and gave me a refund strait off
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