ASUS MS236H Monitor Review

Introduction and Specifications

ASUS MS236H  Monitor Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Monitors have come a long way in recent times. For people of a certain age, and so that includes me, the thought of a monitor supporting VGA seemed to be very up-market indeed. Quickly a 14" monitor was replaced by the behemoths that were 1600x1200 CRTs, taking up swathes of desk-space, power, and weighing the best part of a ton.

The main problem with CRTs was the refresh rate issue. Although a lot of people didn't notice I always found a 60hz refresh rate gave me a monster headache, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

LCDs very quickly appeared on the market at incredibly high prices for even the tiniest monitor, so for a long while the choice for anyone needing a new display was either to buy a big, cumbersome, high resolution CRT. Or to spend much more on on a very small LCD that wasn't much use for gaming because technology hadn't caught up.

Now of course that's a distant memory. TN panels are so cheap, and LCD monitors so prevalent, that not owning a widescreen monitor around 22" is almost unheard of. So affordable are they that owning a couple is within the means of most, and both ATI and nVidia have based their latest technologies about you having three.

As the actual "wonder" of having a flat panel is so diluted as to be meaningless, manufacturers have taken to using those little details to steer you towards them.

Enter ASUS.

ASUS MS236H Technical Specifications

ASUS have gone down the design road for their MS236H, and we'll take a close look and how this works on the next few pages. For now though we'll grab the technical specifications from the ASUS website.


Panel Size: 23“ Wide Screen
Color Staturation 72%(NTSC)
True Resolution: 1920X1080
Pixel Pitch: 0.265mm
Brightness(Max): 250 cd/㎡
Contrast Ratio (Max.): 50000 :1 (ASCR)
Display Color: 16.7M
Viewing Angle (CR≧10): 170°(H)/160°(V)
Response Time: 2 ms (Gray-to-Gray)
Video FeaturesTrace Free Technology
SPLENDID Video Intelligence Technology
SPLENDID Video Preset Modes (5 modes)
Skin-Tone Selection (3 mode)
HDCP support
Color Temperature Selection(5 modes)
Convenient HotkeySPLENDID Video Preset Mode Selection
Auto. Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Input Selection
Input / OutputPC Input: HDMI/D-Sub
Video Input: HDMI 1.3
AV Audio Input: HDMI 1.3
Earphone jack: 3.5mm Mini-jack (for HDMI only)
Signal FrequencyAnalog Signal Frequency: 30~85 KHz(H)/ 55~75 Hz(V)
Digital Signal Frequency: 30~85 KHz(H)/ 55~75 Hz(V)
Power ConsumptionPower Consumption < 33 W
Power Saving Mode < 1 W
Mechanical DesignChassis Colors: Black/White
Tilt: +10°~+20°
SecurityKensington lock
Dimension (WxHxD mm)Phys.Dimension(WxHxD): 566.2x406.8x150.9mm
Box Dimension(WxHxD): 640x510x145mm
WeightNet Weight (Esti.): 3.9 kg
Gross Weight (Esti.): 6.2 kg
AccessoryVGA cable
Power cord
Power adapter
Quick start guide
HDMI-to-DVI cable
warranty card

Not much there of outstanding note. The specifications are round about what we'd expect for a TN panel.

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Most Recent Comments

06-05-2010, 10:04:15

Nice review VB

While I'm sure many will appreciate the aesthetics of the Monitor, I personally feel that the poor stand and missing VESA mount alone make it a deal breaker. Also consider that at £210, this monitor is among the most expensive TN panels, of which many are LED backlit. Perhaps I'm spoilt by my 2408WFP's viewing angles but even for a TN panel, it doesn't look great at all. I suppose I can't judge the monitor without seeing it in person but I'm not certain that it's thin and minimalistic design offsets its shortcomings.Quote

06-05-2010, 16:17:36

I Hunta x
Not a huge fan of anything about that screen other than its a 1080p 22 inch widescreen, good review tho.

I had the same boxing on my tv when i was using hdmi with my old 4850's, somewere in CCC there is a slider that you just have to slide across and it fills it up to full screen (not that i can remember what its called).Quote

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