The monitor’s brightness and contrast are set at 90% and 80% respectively by default. I achieved a 100nit white by lowering both to 47%. The monitor doesn’t have problems reproducing darks or lights. Every halftone is distinguishable through all the range of settings; there is no banding in color gradients. The monitor regulates its brightness by means of pulse-width modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 300Hz.
The average uniformity of white brightness is 4.8% with a maximum deflection of 14.3%. For black, the average and maximum are 5.3% and 17.8%, respectively. These numbers are acceptable especially as there are no eye-catching irregularities except for the side edges of the screen.
The gamma curves betray a low value of gamma at the default settings. The resulting image is whitish and low-contrast. The curves of different colors go far apart from each other.
The value of gamma is still lower than necessary at the reduced settings, but the curves are close to each other, producing more accurate colors than at the default settings.
The selection of color temperature modes is wide, but they are not set up quite properly. The monitor does not offer a really warm temperature. The Warm mode is going to be too cold for some users. The temperature dispersion between the levels of gray amounts to 2000K, which is not good, either. Well, the problem may not seem too big if you count in gray colors only (because pure white is but seldom seen on the screen), yet the lack of a warm mode is a disappointment.
The monitor’s color gamut is standard. It is wider than sRGB in greens and smaller in reds.
The response time average is 12.5 milliseconds with a maximum of 24.7 milliseconds. That’s a good result for an RTC-less TN matrix but RTC-enabled models are four to six times as fast as that.
The contrast ratio (to remind you, I measure the static, not the dynamic, contrast ratio of the monitor) is over 400:1 at the maximum, which is very good. It is thanks to the high level of white reaching 280 nits.
The ASUS VW192C is overall a good and nice-looking workhorse. It doesn’t have any special advantages, but it has no obvious drawbacks, either. Of course, I’d like it to have a better color temperature setup and a faster matrix, but this model is worth your consideration even as it already is.
- Nice exterior design
- High brightness and contrast ratio
- Slow matrix
- Sloppy color temperature setup
- Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Internet)
- Movies and games that don’t require a fast matrix