ASUS VW266H Monitor 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.