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ASUS MW201u

Not long ago monitors with a large screen used to employ mostly *VA and S-IPS matrixes, but now the MW201u, based on a TN matrix, can be viewed as a typical representative of the 20” segment.

The declared response time of 2 milliseconds GtG means that this monitor is equipped with a Response Time Compensation mechanism. As you can learn from our earlier reviews, a specified response time of 5 milliseconds and higher indicates a lack of RTC for TN matrixes. A faster response indicates the monitor’s support of RTC.

The declared viewing angles are somewhat unusual. The manufacturers declare similar vertical and horizontal angles as a rule (e.g. 160/160 degrees if measured by the reduction of the contrast ratio to 5:1 or 140/130 if measured by the reduction to 10:1). On the other hand, the numbers specified for the MW201u describe what we have with TN matrixes quite precisely. The horizontal viewing angles of a regular TN matrix are quite wide and even comparable to those of *VA matrixes, but its vertical angles are poor irrespective of the measurement methods the manufacturers invent to disguise this problem.

The monitor is designed in a modest yet elegant way. It has a dark-gray case with a lighter strip along the front panel, and a neat stand. The MW201u doesn’t look like a definitely office or home model. It is going to look equally well everywhere.

The functionality of the stand is limited to changing the tilt of the screen.

There is a standard selection of inputs here: analog and digital video inputs and an audio input (the monitor comes with integrated speakers and a headphones output). The power adapter is internal.

The control buttons are placed on the monitor’s front panel, to the right of the center. These are not plastic buttons or touch-sensitive pads but figured “petals” cut out in the plastic. You have to apply some effort to press them – the buttons are rigid.

Quick access is provided to the brightness and sound volume settings as well as to the exclusive Splendid feature (the appropriate button is pointed at by the Try Me sticker in the photo above). The latter feature is a set of factory presets with varying values of brightness, contrast, color saturation, color temperature, etc., you can switch between quickly. The manufacturer suggests that each mode is most optimal for a specific activity like work, watching movies, playing games, etc.

 
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