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ASUS VW191s

Some time ago there were just a few widescreen 19” models available. There is a much wider choice now, but all of such models are based on TN matrixes that have rather narrow viewing angles. And I don’t think this situation will change any time soon.

The ASUS VW191s is a widescreen 19” monitor with a native resolution of 1440x900 pixels, which has become the standard resolution for this matrix type. The specified response time is 5 milliseconds. It is a sure indication of the lack of Response Time Compensation as opposed to monitors with a specified speed of 2 or 4 milliseconds. Alas, there are very few widescreen models with RTC available and the ASUS VW191s is not counted among them.

As usual, you shouldn’t be misled by the specified viewing angles of 160 or 170 degrees. It is because the angles are measured for TN matrixes by the reduction of the contrast ratio to 5:1 rather than to 10:1 as with other matrix types.

The monitor looks modest but quite elegant. Its dark-gray case with a light stripe going across it is harmoniously complemented with a neat stand.

The stand allows to change the tilt of the screen.

You can remove the native stand and replace it with a VESA-compatible mount using the screw holes you will find under the sticker at the monitor’s back.

Rather unusually, the monitor has not one, but two analog D-Sub inputs and lacks a digital interface. That’s a strange solution in my opinion.

The control buttons are located at the right bottom of the front panel. They are made from plastic painted the color of the case and are accompanied with easily readable icons.

 
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