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ASUS VW266H 25.5-in Monitor Review - Going large on a budget

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Subject: Displays
Manufacturer: Asus
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Introduction and Specifications

I can remember back in early 2000, when a consumer thought about ASUS, they were thinking about motherboards and only motherboards.  It wasn't until 2003 that we first reviewed a different ASUS product; it was a Radeon 9800XT graphics card.   Today you will find ASUS in brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy selling things called Eee PCs in a market known as netbooks.  What?

ASUS has continued to expand its array of product offerings including sound cards, mobile phones, barebones servers and, as the title of this review might lead you to conclude, LCD monitors.  Today we are going to take a look at the largest ASUS-branded monitor available, the VW266H that comes in at just under 26-in. 

Let's take a quick look at the specifications before jumping into the rest of the review:

Specifications (from asus.com)

TFT-LCD Panel
Panel Size: 25.5“ Wide Screen

True Resolution: 1920X1200

Pixel Pitch: 0.287mm

Brightness(Max): 300 cd/㎡

Contrast Ratio (Max.): 20000 :1 (ASCR)

Display Color: 16.7M

Viewing Angle (CR≧10): 170°(H)/160°(V)

Response Time: 2 ms (Gray-to-Gray)

Video Features
Trace Free Technology

SPLENDID Video Intelligence Technology

SPLENDID Video Preset Modes (5 modes)

Skin-Tone Selection (3 mode)

HDCP support

Color Temperature Selection(5 modes)

Audio Features
Stereo Speakers 3Wx2 stereo RMS

Convenient Hotkey
SPLENDID Video Preset Mode Selection

Auto. Adjustment

Brightness Adjustment

Volume Adjustment

Input Selection

Input / Output
PC Input: DVI-D/D-Sub

PC Audio Input: 3.5mm Mini-jack

Video Input: Component(YPbPr)/HDMI

AV Audio Input: HDMI

Audio Output: SPDIF

Earphone jack: 3.5mm Mini-jack

Signal Frequency
Analog Signal Frequency: 28~83 KHz(H)/ 50~85 Hz(V)

Digital Signal Frequency: 28~83 KHz(H)/ 50~85 Hz(V)

Power Consumption
Power Consumption < 60 W

Power Saving Mode < 2 W

Mechanical Design
Chassis Colors: Black

Tilt: +20°~ -5°

VESA Wall Mounting: 100x100mm

Security
Kensington lock

Dimension (WxHxD mm)
Phys.Dimension(WxHxD): 597mm x 462mm x 230mm

Box Dimension(WxHxD): 693mm x 528mm x 206mm

Weight
Net Weight (Esti.): 7.9 kg

Gross Weight (Esti.): 11.1 kg

Accessory
DVI cable

VGA cable

Audio cable

Power cord

Quick start guide

support CD

warranty card

Regulation Approval
Energy Star®, UL/cUL, CB, CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI, Gost-R, C-Tick, VCCI, PSB, J-MOSS, RoHS, WEEE, WHQL

You can get a good feel for what to expect on this display by looking that ASUS-provided table above.  For one, this "26-in" monitor is in fact only 25.5-in diagonally measured.  This is a trend we are finding more and more common on LCD monitors and LCD televisions as you will likely see things like "47-in class" displays listed now that indicate a slightly smaller overall screen size.  The resolution of 1920x1200 is matched with a 2ms gray-to-gray response time rating and a large assortment of available inputs for a monitor at this price.

April 18, 2011 | 10:18 PM - Posted by Henrietta (not verified)

I'm irpmessed! You've managed the almost impossible.

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