The Good The Asus VH236H has great movie and game performance, built-in speakers, and a headphone jack.
The Bad Navigating the Asus VH236H's OSD can be confusing and frustrating, and the display lacks ergonomic options.
The Bottom Line The Asus VH236H is a great-performing 23-incher with a welcome low price.
The Asus VH236H is available for around $190 from e-tailers. For that price you not only get HDMI and DVI support, built-in speakers, a headphone jack but also great movie and game performance. We'd prefer to have more ergonomic options and a less frustrating OSD menu, but with its great performance and affordable price, it's difficult to balk at such a sweet deal. The Samsung SyncMaster P2370 has the same screen size, is more stylish, and has comparable performance, but its $285 price tag makes it a less desirable deal considering its lack of connection options and other missing features.
Design and features
With a glossy black bezel, juxtaposed with its black matte finish on the back, the 23-inch Asus VH236H has a fairly plain design. The panel measures just 1.25 inches in depth; however, when you add in the ventilation system, the full-panel depth is 2.5 inches. That's considerably thicker when compared with the 23-inch Samsung SyncMaster P2370, which measured just more than an inch deep.
The bezel measures 0.75 inch on its left and right sides and 1.25 inches on its bottom, where a silver Asus logo resides. The bottom of the bezel sits about 2.5 inches from the desktop, but unfortunately, the screen height isn't adjustable and there isn't a screen rotation or pivot option for portrait mode. The capability to tilt the screen back 25 degrees is the only included ergonomic feature. The circular footstand measures 4.25 inches in diameter. When knocked from the sides, the display wobbles a considerable amount, though not as much as the slighter P2370.
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