The average white brightness uniformity is 4.1% with a maximum of 14.9%. For black, the average and maximum are 4.9% and 15.3% respectively. So, the monitor’s backlight brightness is quite uniform. Zones with conspicuously different levels of brightness can be seen neither on white nor on black.
The gamma curves look rather good at the default settings and are close to the theoretical curve but the characteristic bend in the top right of the diagram is indicative of slightly excessive contrast.
When the settings are reduced, the small problem in the right part of the curves disappears but the value of gamma gets lower than the required 2.2. As a result, the curves are still close to each other but higher than the theoretical curve, resulting in a whitish and low-contrast image.
The color temperature setup is hardly good. Darks are considerably colder in each mode – up to a difference of 4000K!
The color gamut of this monitor is exactly what you can expect from standard backlight lamps.
The response time average is 3.0 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of only 7.9 milliseconds. Although the value differs from the specified 2.0 milliseconds, the monitor is many times as fast as typical RTC-less models. The VW195U has a fast matrix indeed.
The level of errors accompanying RTC technology is acceptable. The average level of errors is 9.1%. The maximum error is 30.4%. You can spot RTC-provoked artifacts if you know what to look for, but most users will hardly bother about them.
The maximum brightness and contrast ratio are acceptable. Many TN-based monitors have a higher contrast ratio, though.
The Splendid modes are all too bright for using them in a typical workplace. But again, you can adjust the levels of brightness and contrast manually for each mode.
There are problems with color reproduction, though. The contrast setting is too high in each mode as is indicated by the characteristic bend in the right part of the diagram. Some halftones are lost as the result. Moreover, the curves differ in shape in the Night View and, especially, Game mode.
Sharpness is also too high in each of the Splendid modes, especially in Game. You can see the characteristic white contours around dark objects that should be familiar to everyone who applied the Unsharp Mask filter in Photoshop. It is uncomfortable to read text as the consequence.
So, the ASUS VW195U is a more interesting model than the VW195S. It has a faster matrix (with a good implementation of RTC technology) and more uniform backlight brightness. The only drawback is the poor setup of the Splendid modes. I wouldn’t recommend using them at all. The difference in price between the two models is rather small.
- Uniform backlight brightness
- Good color temperature setup
- Poor setup of the Splendid modes
- Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Web)
- Movies and games that don’t require a fast matrix
- Simple processing of graphics and photos