ASUS MS236H Monitor Review

Viewing Angles

ASUS MS236H   Monitor Review

Viewing Angles

The first thing to do with any monitor is to calibrate it. As we unfortunately don't receive enough monitors to invest in dedicated calibration equipment, although we're always willing to do so, we've used the absolutely excellent Lagom test suite available online here.

Once the various tests were run through we got to the bane of most TN panels, viewing angle. This is especially a problem with this MS236H because it lays flush to the desk and can only be adjusted angle wise, and not for height. ASUS have specifically designed this to match the height of a notebook so it can be used as a secondary display. This unfortunately doesn't work very well in a desktop environment when you're not viewing between two screens and does really emphasise the viewing angle problem of TN panels.

Here we have, from top to bottom, the viewpoint as I see it, one foot to the left and right, and then from just below.

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ASUS MS236H Monitor Review

As you can see the viewing angle is pretty poor from anything but directly in front. Even then we have a fairly significant colour shift in a very short vertical span. Considering the limitations of the stand this isn't good news, but it naturally looks lot worse in a test situation than daily use. However if you're after a for photo work I'd look elsewhere. Although it's unlikely you'd go with a TN over an IPS if you were serious anyway.

Let's go through a few of our other tests and a couple of pictures before we wrap this up.

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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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