Asus VG236H review:

Asus VG236H

When viewing photos, the display had only a slight greenish hue, but otherwise we weren't disappointed in photo display quality. Adjusting the monitor's green levels downward improves things slightly, as does changing the Skin Tone function to "Reddish;" however, it was never as accurate as the Samsung PX2370 is.

Viewing Angle
The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors as they were intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels that get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The Asus VG236H uses a TN panel, and when it's viewed from the sides, we perceived the screen to darken about 6 inches off from center; a typical viewing angle limit for a TN-based monitor. At default settings, the PX2370 had a typical viewing angle threshold; however, it includes extra features that improve viewing from specific angles. The Asus VG236H doesn't include these features.

Recommended settings and use
During general use, watching movies, and playing games, we found the VG236H's Standard Mode preset to be the optimal picture setting with the color temperature set to User and the Red to 94 and green to 85. When editing photos, you should set the monitor's Skin Tone option to Reddish. This reduces the slight green tint, making faces in photos look more natural as a result.

As with most TN-based monitors, the Asus VG236H shouldn't be used if accurate color reproduction is required; however, the monitor is good for watching movies, playing games, and for general use. If you do have stringent color needs, we suggest you narrow your search to IPS or PVA-based panels only. The

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Asus VG236H Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 43.34
On (max luminance) 43.34
On (min luminance) 21.52
Sleep 1.72
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 32.03
Annual power consumption cost $14.12
Score Poor

Power consumption
The Asus VG236H achieved poor power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 43.34 watts, compared with the PX2370's draw of 25.01 watts in the same test. The consumption delta was even higher in our Sleep/Standby test, with the PX2370 costing 0.27 watts and the Asus VG236H drawing over six times as much with 1.72 watts. With both monitors' center points calibrated to 200 candelas per meter square, the PX2370 consumed 19.9 watts, whereas the VG236H drew a high 32.03 watts. Based on our formula, the Asus VG236H costs $14.12 per year to power, compared with the PX2370's $7.65 per year power consumption cost.

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Service and support
Asus backs the VG236H with a three-year casing and panel warranty that covers the backlight. Asus also offers support through a 24-7 toll-free number, e-mail, and Web chat. At the time of this review, Asus doesn't have the VG236H's documentation and support software available on its Web site.

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