We have already tested a few models from the series the VW195D belongs to. Their names differ with the last letter. Let’s see what other differences they have.
Judging by the specs, this monitor is a copy of the VW195S but does not have integrated speakers like the latter.
The exterior design is similar to the previous model in this review except that the case is now matte rather than glossy. The light strip along the bottom of the screen is designed somewhat differently, too. Otherwise, it is a typical representative of ASUS’s widescreen monitors. It has a neat and restrained design, without any extravaganza.
The stand has not changed, either. It still allows to adjust the tilt of the screen only and has a cable holder. You can replace the stand with a VESA-compatible mount if necessary.
There is a minimum of connectors at the back panel: a power connector and an analog interface. Despite the letter D in its name, the monitor does not have a DVI input.
The control buttons are the same as on the previous model. The Power button is the rightmost one and differs from the others with an integrated LED. Quick access is provided to the automatic adjustment, to the Brightness and Contrast settings, and to selecting a Splendid mode.
The menu is identical to the VK191D’s menu, too. And it has the same drawbacks. It always opens up on the Splendid screen although this technology can be accessed with a dedicated button on the front panel. The menu does not remember the option you changed last. Some menu screens contain too many options and you have to scroll down to see all of them. And finally, some setup options are only available if you have selected a Splendid mode.
The monitor has 90% brightness and 80% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit white by lowering both to 60%. As opposed to the above-discussed VK191D, this model displays color gradients without any banding. Darks are reproduced properly at any level of Contrast. Lights are indistinguishable from white at a Contrast of 90% and higher. The monitor adjusts its brightness by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 205Hz.
The average nonuniformity of white brightness is only 3.8% with a maximum of 15.1% - a very good result. The numbers are almost the same for black: 3.7% average and 16.7% maximum. The center of the screen is somewhat brighter than the rest of it, but you can hardly notice this without tools – the screen looks very uniform to a naked eye.