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The gamma curves are good at the default settings. All the three of them lie close to the theoretical curve.

The blue curve rises up a little at the reduced contrast, getting farther from the other curves. But most users won’t even notice this difference in color reproduction.

The color temperature setup is not ideal, but good. Darks are colder in every mode but the temperature dispersion between the different grays is always within 1000K. I guess the Warm mode might be warmer, yet this setup is overall good for an inexpensive monitor.

The dots are near the theoretical curve, indicating the lack of any unwanted hue in the image. So, this model is set up surprisingly well for its class.

The color gamut is standard. There is nothing unusual about it.

The monitor’s TN matrix without response time compensation delivers predictable speed: a response time average of 13.2 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of 25.7 milliseconds. Transitions between grays take the longest time.

It’s all right with the maximum brightness and contrast ratio. The contrast ratio is almost as high as 800:1 at the max settings, which is very good for a TN matrix. Take note that this is the ordinary, static, contrast ratio rather than the dynamic one.

Now let’s check out the quality of the preset modes (Splendid technology).

Unfortunately, there are no improvements in this area. Every mode is too bright and cannot be used for working with text under dim ambient lighting unless you adjust these modes manually.

The Splendid modes are set up better than in the previous model in terms of color accuracy. Better, but not well enough. For example, the Contrast setting is too high in the Game and Night View modes, making lights indistinguishable from white.

There is no bend in the right part of the curves in the Scenery and Theater modes, however. It means that the Contrast setting is set properly. The curves are close to the theoretical one. Still, the gamma curves are even better when you don’t enable the Splendid technology.

Thus, the ASUS VW195D is a widescreen monitor with good color reproduction setup (for this product class) and uniform brightness of the backlight. Unfortunately, it has a slow TN matrix and lacks a digital input. If it were not for these deficiencies, it might make a good monitor for undemanding users.

Highs:

  • Low price
  • Uniform brightness of the backlight
  • Rather good color reproduction setup

Lows:

  • Slow matrix
  • No digital input

Recommended usage:

  • Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Web)
  • Viewing and simple editing of photographs
  • Movies and games that don’t require a fast matrix
 
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