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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
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>> Is it ASUS, or ASUS? Hi, I'm Eric Franklin from CNET.com, and today we're looking at the -- wait for it -- ASUS VH236H. As you can see from the 23-inch, 169 ASUS looks like a typical, black monitor, and it pretty much is, as there's nothing really special about the design. There's not pivot, swivel, or screen-height adjustability here, and tilt is your only ergonomic option. And as for wobbling, yah. Sorry, just channeling Brian Tong there. It wobbles quite a bit when not from the sides. Connection options include DVI, HDMI, and VGA. It also comes with built-in speakers and a headphone jack. Now, I won't bore you with the minutia of the on-screen display -- that's what the forward view is for -- but I will say that it's not the most intuitive interface, and because of the how the buttons functions are set up, it's very frustrating at times. While it does get easier, the more you use it; it never really becomes second nature. One of the unique things the OSD includes is control for overdrive. Overdrive sends out bursts of voltage to the liquid crystals that make up the display. The thought is that this will increase the crystals transition speed, reducing the amount of ghosting effects on your monitor. In our test, taking overdrive from 0 to 100, we saw no difference in the amount of ghosting in movie or games, so we really can't' confirm if the feature actually does anything useful. We looked at some movies in a displaced theater mode and were impressed by the deep blacks, which appropriately gives it a very cinema-esque look. Games look good, and the colors had a decent amount of pop to them, with no noticeable input lag. In power consumption the 23-inch ASUS drew noticeably more power than the 23-inch Samsung P2370. Based on our formula, the ASUS would cost $14.00 per year to run compared with the P2370's $9.00 per year. For more information on the ASUS VH236H, check out the full review at CNET.com. Once again, this is Eric Franklin. This has been the First Look at the ASUS VH236H.
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