With characteristics similar to the above-described PG191, the ASUS MB19TU belongs to a somewhat different product category. It is cheaper by over a hundred US dollars due to its ordinary exterior design and lack of an integrated subwoofer (although it has simple stereo speakers as well).
It looks like a regular nice-looking modern LCD monitor. Its case is made from dark-gray plastic without any aluminum or glossy surfaces. A row of control buttons is placed below the screen. Everything is designed in a modest, neat and tidy way which distinguishes the MB19TU from many plain-looking office-class products.
The monitor’s got a simple stand that allows adjusting the tilt of its screen. It can be replaced with a VESA mount if necessary.
The monitor’s got analog and digital inputs, an integrated power adapter, and an audio input for the integrated speakers. It offers a headphones socket on the front panel.
The monitor’s controls are ordinary buttons unlike the PG191’s touch-sensitive ones. They are centered at the bottom of the front panel. The Power button is located at a distance and is accompanied with a LED indicator. A “Try Me” sticker points at the button that browses through the Splendid modes (some manufacturers are just too fond of such trumpery, although the first thing most users do when they deal with a new product is tear such things off).
The monitor’s menu is colorful and offers a regular selection of settings, without anything exceptional. ASUS’ loudly touted Splendid technology means a few profiles of factory settings, including brightness, contrast, saturation and color temperature, that can be switched with a press of a button like LG’s f-Engine or Samsung’s MagicBright. Like with most of such technologies, the practical worth of Splendid technology is low because the preset profiles seldom suit the particular conditions and preferences of the user.
An annoying thing is that your using the Splendid feature always resets the user-defined brightness setting to its default.