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Next goes an inexpensive model from ASUS with the standard screen format of 5:4. Well, widescreen models are on the rise now, and this aspect ratio may soon become non-standard.

You can note that the specified parameters are not much different from those of the previous models except for the native resolution. The ASUS MB19SE obviously lacks both response time compensation and dynamic contrast technologies.

The monitor has the same exterior as the more expensive ASUS MB19TU we reviewed some time ago: a simple gray plastic case without any decorations, and a row of silvery buttons below the screen. The monitor doesn’t look too plain if compared with regular office-oriented models, however.

The stand only allows to adjust the tilt of the screen. It can be replaced with a VESA-compatible mount if necessary.

The monitor’s got an analog input only. The developer must have decided to reduce the manufacturing cost or set this model apart from the more expensive ones. The power adapter is built into the case. There is also an audio input for the integrated speakers you can find at the bottom of the front panel of the case. There is a headphones socket there, too.

The Power button is placed apart from the others and has a different shape. It is accompanied with a Power indicator. The monitor provides quick access to choosing a factory-set mode (Splendid technology) and to the brightness and sound volume settings.

The colorful menu offers a standard selection of setup options. Like in many other monitors from ASUS, the menu doesn’t remember the last changed item – it always opens up on the Splendid screen although the Splendid feature can be accessed using the instant-access buttons on the front panel.

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