Additional Image Modes
Besides the default Standard Mode, the monitor offers four additional modes with predefined settings called Splendid technology. The point of this technology (and similar features in other brands’ monitors) is in allowing you to quickly adjust the screen brightness when you switch from work to game and back again.
Splendid differs from the competing technologies in allowing to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness and to enable/disable dynamic contrast for each mode. The monitor remembers all these settings under the appropriate Splendid mode.
I performed my measurements at the default settings of the modes:
The Splendid modes are all bright and differ but slightly from each other.
The Theater mode has an increased saturation of green and blue. Some of light halftones are displayed as white. If you like bright colors, you can use Theater for watching movies, but you won’t have accurate colors with it.
The colors are saturated in the Game mode even more as is indicated by the gamma curves. I’m not sure who’s going to like the result: about one third of all lights are displayed as pure white!
The Night View mode is meant to increase the brightness of darks for better visibility in dark game scenes. The rest is the same as in the previous modes: high color saturation and light halftones merging with pure white. Besides, image sharpness is increased by default for some reason, which leads to annoying artifacts around contrasting lines. You can solve this problem with the Sharpness option in the menu.
ASUS suggests that you use the Scenery mode for viewing photographs of nature. I wouldn’t recommend you doing so if you care about color accuracy. The saturation of red and green is too high, lights merging with white into a single smudge.
Thus, most of the Splendid modes are not going to be appreciated by users due to the dramatic changes in color reproduction which cannot be corrected with the available settings. If you like saturated colors, you can try the Theater and Scenery modes for watching movies and playing games. Photographs should be viewed in the Standard mode whereas the Game and Night View modes are too aggressive for any usage in my opinion.
Exterior design is the strongest point of the LS221H model. ASUS has indeed come up with a monitor that looks original, interesting and beautiful. The monitor is not overloaded with illumination, chrome surfaces and glossy plastic. You are going to like it if you prefer a neat but eye-catching design. The protective glass may come in handy for some users, too.
Unfortunately, the LS221H is barely above the average level in its technical specs. It has good color reproduction setup (its image does not look bluish as on many other monitors) and a low response time, but the latter is accompanied with conspicuous RTC artifacts. Notwithstanding the HDMI input, the monitor does not support 16:9 content whereas the Splendid modes distort color reproduction.
At the time of my writing this, the ASUS LS221H costs considerably more than its opponents. It’s up to you to decide if its exterior design and protective glass are worth the extra money.