ASUS VW266H Monitor Review


ASUS VW266H    Review


With more and more games being like movies as PC hardware technology improves the amount of eye candy available, and movies becoming more like games with lots of action and more CG than real props, the line most definitely is becoming blurred. It wasn't too long ago that movies weren't fill with 1 second cuts for the ADD generation, and games were incapable of pumping out the detail and speed necessary to appear similar to a movie.

Back then it was important to mention that movie performance was good, or game performance was good. Whatever. Now gaming and movies are so intertwined it's pretty much just static images, moving images, and, to a lesser extent, text.

Static images are great. Photos look excellent. Even with the limitations of the 6-bit TN panel it's still possible to differentiate between subtle shade differences. Sure it's not up to the quality of a professional graphics-editing panel, but considering the relative price difference I don't think anyone but the most optimistic would expect it to be.

As for gaming and movies this was one area I'd expect the VW266H to fall down. It's still a 1920x1200 monitor, but 2 inches bigger than most. So naturally those two inches mean larger pixels. So you'd understandably expect there to be rough edges even with anti-aliasing on, just because of the sheer size of each pixel. Not a bit of it. In extreme contrast situations (a harsh black to white transition for example) the eagle eyed might spot a slight tiny minuscule little loss in edge smoothness. However the fact I had to use four different words to emphasise how teeny-weeny and small that loss is, should tell you that only the extremely anal or nerdy will find fault, and they'll find fault with anything.

The extra size made everything SO much more enjoyable to play and watch. If, like me, you read a lot on-line or have to read a lot as part of your work, then you wont realise how much you're squinting at the screen until you switch to this larger format. It's all just so much more relaxed and wonderful.

So if you've got about £260 to spend on a monitor and want a good quality image, a nice looking monitor, a poor stand but VESA compatibility and you have the room for a big one, then the Asus VW266H should be on your shortlist.

It comes with the OC3D Recommended Award, and that's good enough for me.


Thanks to Asus for providing the VW266H for todays review. Discuss in our forums.

«Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next»

Most Recent Comments

12-07-2010, 04:29:16

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

Continue ReadingQuote

12-07-2010, 05:56:02

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.Quote

12-07-2010, 06:22:42

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 you’re 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 you’re playing a game of course you will have to use a game pad but I guarantee you will have a better gaming experience.Quote

Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.