The monitor has 90% brightness and 80% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit white by selecting 60% brightness and 61% contrast. At a contrast higher than 80% light halftones are lost whereas dark halftones are distinguishable at any settings. Color gradients are reproduced correctly, without banding.
The monitor’s brightness is regulated by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 215Hz.
The color gamut is quite normal and roughly corresponds to the sRGB color space. The VW202T is no different from most other monitors in this respect.
The average brightness uniformity on white is 6.6% with a maximum deflection of 22.1%. The average and maximum for black are 6.2% and 19.5%, respectively. The distribution of brighter and darker areas on the screen is similar to that of the VW202S: there is a brighter center and darker edges on white. On black, there are brighter bands along the top and bottom of the screen and darker ones at the sides. This is not a coincidence: the VW202S and VW202T are obviously based on the same matrix.
The gamma curves are not ideal, but acceptable. They are lower than the theoretical curve and do not coincide with each other. Still, the difference between them is small as well.
The curves are closer to each other and nearly coincide with the theoretical curve at the reduced brightness and contrast. The monitor reproduces both darks and lights easily.
The specified response time of 5 milliseconds ISO indicates that this monitor is no record-breaker in terms of speed. Its average response time proves to be 12.6 milliseconds GtG.
The color temperature modes are set up well enough although white is always warmer than gray. This drawback vanishes if the temperature is measured at a contrast level below the default one. The only downside is the lack of warm modes. You get a temperature of about 7000K even if you select the Warm option. Anyway, the VW202T is superior to most monitors of its class when it comes to the accuracy of color temperature setup.
The monitor’s brightness and contrast ratio are normal.
Like the VW202S, this monitor features ASUS Splendid technology which means a set of predefined modes you can switch between by pressing a single button, without entering the main menu. And while the previous monitor distorted color reproduction greatly in all such modes except for Standard, the VW202T is much better in this respect. It is only in the Scenery mode that the default contrast is too high and the monitor doesn’t distinguish between light halftones.
The different modes are no different in terms of brightness and contrast, either. Why? The table shows the default values but each Splendid mode is editable – the monitor will save your choice and use it.
Second, besides brightness and contrast settings the monitor allows to enable/disable dynamic contrast (it is called ASCR in the menu), to adjust sharpness, saturation and color reproduction (the latter is referred to as Skin Tone in the menu and can take on any of three values: natural, yellow and red). These additional settings are unavailable in the Standard mode.
The default settings don’t look optimal to me. For example, the excessive sharpness in the Game mode leads to the “light edges” effect every photograph is familiar with – the same effect appears if you apply Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask filter too much. The increased saturation makes the colors too gaudy. Fortunately, these modes can be adjusted to a point that would be acceptable in terms of color reproduction.
Thus, the VW202S is really only different from the previous model in the availability of a digital DVI interface. That’s not a critical advantage, but I think it is worthy of the small price difference between the two models. You should consider the VW202T if you are looking for a rather inexpensive home or office monitor and you don’t need a fast response time or accurate color reproduction. Actually, the VW202T is one of the leaders among TN-based monitors in terms of color reproduction. If you do buy this model, spend 20-30 minutes on examining and configuring its Splendid modes. The factory setup of those modes is questionable but you can change each of them to your own taste. Switching the monitor’s settings instantly from office applications to a game and then to a movie is really very handy.
- Neat exterior design
- Good color reproduction setup
- Slow matrix
- Inconvenient menu
- Poor setup of Splendid modes by default
- Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Internet)
- Viewing and simple editing of photographs
- Movies and games that don’t require a fast matrix