As usual, you shouldn’t let yourself be misled by the declared viewing angles. This is an ordinary TN matrix that is no different from others in this parameter, but the manufacturer measured its viewing angles using the method with a contrast ratio drop to 5:1 rather than to 10:1 as is used for measuring viewing angles of other matrix types. The declared response time of 5 milliseconds (measured on the black-white-black transition according to the appropriate ISO standard) makes it clear you should expect no response time compensation from this monitor. This technology can only be found in matrixes with a specified response time of 4 milliseconds (GtG) and smaller.
This model is a copy of its predecessor ASUS PW191 externally. It has an imposing case made from black glossy plastic, the speakers on both sides of the screen make this widescreen monitor even wider. The monitor’s matrix has a glossy coating that reflects what’s going on behind your back. Paranoid people will surely appreciate this, but if you’ve got a light source behind you, its reflection is going to be distracting at work.
The monitor stands on a large aluminum “pancake” that is connected to the monitor case by means of a “leg” with two joints. This design allows to push the screen back and down till it is almost parallel to the desk and to adjust the screen height a little by changing the angle of the “leg”. The adjustment range is 70mm to 200mm from the desk to the bottom edge of the matrix. The stand can also be turned around and the screen can work in portrait mode. The portrait mode doesn’t suit TN matrixes, though, because their poor vertical viewing angles become terrible horizontal viewing angles in it.
The round cap at the monitor’s back can be removed by turning it counterclockwise. You’ll find VESA-compatible fasteners under it.
The monitor’s got a typical selection of connectors: analog and digital inputs, an audio input, a connector for its external power adapter, and a headphones output. This position of the headphones connector isn’t appropriate if you are frequently connecting/disconnecting your headphones. It is better to have this connector on a front or side panel of the monitor rather than in a recess at its back.
The monitor’s touch-sensitive controls are practically invisible when the monitor is off, except for the Power button. When you touch it, it begins to glow in blue and labels of four more buttons light up in amber to the left of it. The buttons react readily to a soft touch – you don’t have to press them hard – but aren’t prone to respond to accidental presses.
Quick access is provided to the brightness and contrast settings and to switching between preset modes (the Splendid feature). Besides changing brightness, these modes adjust contrast and saturation, which isn’t good, especially as the monitor resets the user-defined brightness setting to its default every time you choose a Splendid mode. This behavior is hard to explain, yet we’ve observed it in every ASUS monitor tested in our labs.