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Old 02-22-2009, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD Monitor

It's been quite a while since we have last taken a look at an ASUS monitor, much less one that we've been ultimately impressed by, so when we received their latest model, the VW266H, we couldn't wait to tear it out of the box to see if things have improved with their line-up. Read on as we find out whether this TN-based monitor is a winner.

You can read Matt's full review here and discuss it here!
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:26 AM   #2
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Default Selecting a large monitor

I am looking to purchase 3 large monitors for primarily share trading application. No gaming, photo editing, movie viewing etc. No need for speakers or a wide range of connections, usb etc.

My main requirement is a clear, clean image for spreadsheets, news forums, stock market data etc. Will be run off one computer. Very basic needs -- but as I watch the screens all day and every day -- I want clear images.

My other main preference a screen with as much depth as possible - actually the closer the display size is to the old 4:3 the better it would be.

The centre monitor will be around 27 inch. Side two around 24"

Is there any brand that you recommend for this type of application?
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:15 PM   #3
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As with most things, it's going to come down to how much money you're willing to spend, because where monitors are concerned, higher-quality panels offer noticeable differences. But, it also depends on how fussy you are, because in all honesty, even $250 24" monitors offer good quality, such as the one reviewed here. You can read more about this monitor in another thread, and read 2Tired2Tango's thoughts as well, since he just purchased one.

I personally like Dell's 24", and I'm very pleased with the 2408WFP, but Samsung also makes some stellar displays as well, for really good prices. As for this ASUS, I can't really comment on it since I haven't seen it myself, but it received a good review here, and 2Tired is thrilled with his, so I'd say it'd have to be a good buy.

Also, in a 24", you aren't going to get a 4:3 ratio, unless you want to go purchase an old-school LCD or CRT display. Everything is widescreen nowadays, so finding anything close to 4:3 is going to become increasingly tougher.
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I've seen one of the cheap $180 ASUS 24" monitors in person and have to say, it's as crisp, bright, and colorful as you could want. It had a bit of ghosting but since you aren't planning on using videos or games then I don't see any reason to recommend anything more than two or three of these suckers. I've been sorely tempted to buy one next time they drop near $150 just to give to my father so he can trash his poorly made CRT.

As Rob said, widescreen means you're going to be looking at 16:9 or 16:10... 4:3 means it's not going to be a widescreen.
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Have you discovered the quirk in the "sharpness" setting yet?

It took me a while to figure out that more is not better... the best image on 1080p Theatre Mode comes at a sharpness of 17, but on standard mode it works best at 50.... The good news is it saves the settings.

But that's the worst of it... so yep, I like it too.
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It took me a while to figure out that more is not better... the best image on 1080p Theatre Mode comes at a sharpness of 17, but on standard mode it works best at 50.... The good news is it saves the settings.
That kind of reminds me of the Gateway XHD3000 here I watch movies with. It's default Theatre profile isn't that good, mainly because it leaves an option called "Black Level" turned off. Turning it on manually makes a major difference (black becomes black, not backlit black).
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Have you discovered the quirk in the "sharpness" setting yet?

It took me a while to figure out that more is not better... the best image on 1080p Theatre Mode comes at a sharpness of 17, but on standard mode it works best at 50.... The good news is it saves the settings.

But that's the worst of it... so yep, I like it too.
I'm running dual monitors on the 920 machine, an Acer 24" and the Asus 25.5", side by side the Asus Rules
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