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The VW19xx series includes so many models that it’s hard to tell right away what distinguishes one of them from another. As for this specific model, the letter S means that the VW195S lacks a digital input. I’ll try to figure out its differences from the VW193S now.

Judging by the specs, the matrix is different. The declared dynamic contrast is 2000:1 rather than 1600:1. The difference is hardly crucial, though.

The monitor shares the same exterior design with the other models from the series: a stern black plastic case with a black plastic stand. Like the other VW19xx series monitors, this one may come in two color versions: all-black or with a silvery band along the bottom of the front panel. Although this doesn’t sound like a big difference, the all-black version looks more official while the other version is somewhat more exciting, especially in a home environment.

The round plastic stand allows you to adjust the tilt of the screen.

Like on many other monitors, the back panel offers screw holes for a VESA-compatible mount. There is a plastic holder at the back of the stand for laying the cables neatly.

As the model name suggests, the monitor doesn’t have a digital input. It only has an analog interface, an audio socket and a connector for the integrated power adapter.

The integrated speakers are low quality, of course. They are no match to a standalone speaker system.

The control buttons can be found in the bottom right of the front panel. They follow the monitor’s overall color scheme, being either black on black or white on white. In both versions they are accompanied with readable icons and are very easy to use. The Power button has a LED which is blue at work and red in sleep mode.

Quick access is provided to the brightness and sound volume settings as well as to factory-set Splendid modes (these modes vary in brightness, contrast and color reproduction). The automatic adjustment feature is evoked by a long press on the Splendid button.

The blue menu is typical of all VW19xx series models. As is always the case with ASUS, the menu opens on the Splendid tab although the Splendid feature can be accessed by means of the quick buttons. The menu doesn’t remember the last changed option. Setup options may take two pages in some menu screen and you can’t see all of them at once. An odd thing about this menu, such options as Skin Tone, ASCR (dynamic contrast) and Sharpness are only available when you select a Splendid mode other than Standard. Otherwise you cannot access these options.

The monitor’s brightness and contrast are set at 90% and 80%, respectively, by default. I achieved a 100nit white by reducing both to 77%. Color gradients are reproduced without banding at any settings. Lights and darks are also displayed properly whatever contrast you select. The monitor’s brightness is regulated by means of pulse-width modulation of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 210Hz.

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