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The average white brightness uniformity is 5.7% with a maximum of 14.5%. The average and maximum black brightness uniformity are 4.1% and 17.7%, respectively. These are normal numbers for this class of monitors.

 

The gamma curves are close to each other at the default settings but the value of gamma is lower than the required 2.2. As a result, the monitor yields a whitish and low-contrast image.

 

The value of gamma is even lower at the reduced settings affecting the image even more.

 

As opposed to most other monitors, the gamma curves retain their shape even if you set the monitor’s brightness and contrast at 100%. That is, you can work normally at such settings as every halftone is quite distinguishable.

The color temperature setup is good. The temperature dispersion between the levels of gray is within 700K, which is quite a good result for this class of monitors. The choice of modes is wide, too. I guess the only small drawback is that the sRGB mode is some 500 degrees warmer than it should be.

 

The color gamut is standard. It is somewhat wider than sRGB in greens and smaller in reds.

The response time average is 14.5 milliseconds (GtG). The longest transition takes 24.4 milliseconds. As you can see, modern TN matrixes deliver about the same response time. TN-based monitors without RTC are all very much alike in this parameter.

The maximum brightness and contrast ratio are quite satisfactory.

Now let’s check out the Splendid technology.

Well, the contrast ratio is good but why are all the modes so bright? Such a high level of brightness is going to be all right if you’ve got direct sunlight falling on your monitor but it will be excessive in other situations. Fortunately, the Splendid feature is adjustable. You should set every mode up manually if you are going to use this feature at all because its default setup is hardly satisfactory.

 

Unfortunately, you cannot manually correct the color reproduction distortions occurring in the Splendid modes. The gamma curves are acceptable in the Scenery and Theater modes but differ greatly from each other in the Game and Night View modes.

 

The diagram suggests that 20% of the lightest blues are displayed as the same color. Green is but slightly better.

So, the ASUS VW195S is yet another widescreen monitor with a slow matrix. It may be interesting to some people due to its nice exterior design and acceptable color reproduction. But if you don’t like it for some reasons, there is a broad choice of alternatives.

Highs:

  • Good color reproduction

Lows:

  • Slow matrix
  • No digital input
  • Poor setup of the Splendid modes (by default)

Recommended usage:

  • Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Web)
  • Movies and games that don’t require a fast matrix
  • Simple processing of graphics and photos
 
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