We haven’t seen a good monitor in a while. With this in mind, we picked Asus’ $279.99 VG23AH up and gave it a couple of try. But this is not any old monitor. No, it’s a 3D-enabled IPS device. So brace yourselves for a new review.
A 23 inch new 3D monitor
The Asus VG23AH boasts a set of specs that look something like this: a 23″ display with 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 60Hz pixel refresh rate, 1000:1 / 80000000:1 (dynamic) image contrast ratio, 5 ms response time, 16.7 million colors, 178 degrees on both the horizontal and the vertical viewing angles, 21.7″ x 9.8″ x 16.5″ and 14.3 lbs.
This new Asus VG23AH does not come with the sort of looks that will send you in a reverie. But the good thing is that it’s not as glossy as other models. Its stand allows for swiveling and tilting.
Connectivity is supported by the following: one VGA, one PC audio input, one HDMI port, one DVI-Digital input and a 3.5mm Mini-Jack. You don’t get USB ports on this model.
The screen of this device is an IPS one. This meant, when we used it in tests, that it was capable of showing very good performance in the areas of greyscale and color. Also, this display supports 3D. And its viewing angles are wider than what we have seen up until now.
Good colors uniformity
If you wish to take advantage of this monitor, the right way to do it is to switch it to the Standard mode. If you do this, you will be able to enjoy great brightness levels. Also, colors will look beautiful. Anything can be adjusted to suit the viewer’s needs. There are numerous settings for the picture on screen. We played with the following ones: 3D depth (for movies that use this technology), focus, brightness, screen position, skin tone and many more until we found what we were looking for at the beginning of this review.
There were no problems to be had with movies in 2D. Uniformity was good. As were the colors. None of them shifted in any way. However, when we switched to 3D, we saw that performance was not as good. The important thing is to always avoid leaving this monitor’s sweet spot. Because that will immediately bring about artifacts and crosstalk, too.
To watch content in 3D, Asus offers a pair of special glasses. Out of all the 3D glasses we tested so far, this pair is on our list of favorites. And that was due to the great comfort they provided.
Film-type Patterned Retarder technology
The sound delivered by the monitor’s pair of speakers was not ideal. That’s because there is no subwoofer inside it. If it were, quality would have been way better than what we experienced.
This device is surely not one to mind the environment that much, And it shows in the quantity of power it consumes: 36W. We could not lower that figure even after turning its brightness levels lower. Or tuning the ECO mode on.
The Film-type Patterned Retarder 3D technology that the VG23AH comes with was great. With its help, content looked very good thanks to its powers of offering great depth to images. Also, sharpness levels were superb overall. Once again, it is better to watch movies or whatever else you want without moving away from the monitor’s sweet spot.
As a monitor, the Asus VG23AH works well. But its cons may weigh it down in the long run.