Asus MS238H LCD Monitor Review - HotHardware

Asus MS238H LCD Monitor Review

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While we tend to get worked up into a frenzy over the latest DX11 graphics cards and get deep into the latest multi-core processor releases, displays get comparatively little bandwidth here. Maybe it's because it is much more difficult to definitively quantify which monitor is better than another using a standard benchmark. As a result, testing displays can be a subjective affair that is often far from conclusive. Although some reviews are helpful, shopping for a display is best done in person, to get a better feel for image quality, aesthetics, form factor, etc.

Today we're taking a look at a monitor that's part of a new trend sweeping the display market. No, we're not talking about 3D technology. The Asus MS238H is the first LCD monitor we've tested that features LED backlighting. This is basically the same technology found in the HDTV arena which makes displays thinner and lighter than ever before. LED back lit displays are so slim, they can be hung on walls like picture frames, eliminating the need for the heavy duty mounts that standard LCD products previously required.  Furthermore, the MS238H sports a 23" widescreen layout, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 2 ms response time, and ring shaped stand that distinguishes it from every other monitor available. As an added bonus, this TN display panel carries an affordable asking price, and should make this monitor an intriguing option for mainstream consumers. But enough with the hype. Let's find out if the MS238H is a worthy candidate for your next upgrade purchase.
 

Asus MS238H 23" LCD Monitor
Specifications and Features
Display Size

23" Widescreen

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Aspect Ratio    
     
16 : 9

Brightness

250 cd/m2

Contrast Ratio

DC 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)

Response Time

2 ms (GTG)

Viewing Angle

170º / 160º (Horizontal / Vertical)

Display Type

Twisted Nematic (TN) panel

Connectors

D-Sub, HDMI, Audio

Power Consumption

33W in operating mode / 1W in stand by
Energy Star Compliant
Speakers

No

Stand

Ring - Tilt Adjustable

Dimensions (with stand)

22.3" x 16.02" x 5.94". (WxHxD)

Weight

8.38 lbs

Included Accessories

Power Cord, D-sub Cable, HDMI to DVI Cable
Quick Start Guide, Ring Stand
Warranty

2 Years Limited (Parts/Labor)


Nearly all the specifications listed here are identical to many other 23" TN panels out there, with just a few exceptions. Specifically, Asus lists the dynamic contrast ratio at 10,000,000:1. As impressive as it sounds, its more marketing lingo than anything else. A dynamic contrast ratio measures the maximum difference between the brightest whites and darkest blacks the display can create, just not simultaneously. As a result, this particular number is not representative of the difference in luminance during actual use. Static contrast ratio is actually the number you should care about, but is not listed for the MS238H.


So, what else comes with the monitor? The accessory bundle consists of the basics to get you connected as quickly as possible after opening the box. It includes a VGA cable, power cord, HDMI-DVI cable, quick start guide, and warranty card. In general, monitors only come with basic necessities so this particular bundle meets our expectations. But we think it would be even better if the bundle included a cleaning cloth to wipe down the monitor from time to time. Nevertheless, keep reading as we go into more detail on the other features this display has to offer.

 

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I love the design on this monitor :D.

Also... Your page one listing the accessories and the specs/features chart say different things :). The chart says Power Cord, D-sub Cable, Cleaning Cloth,Cable Arrangement Link, Stand as the accessories but your paragraph says " But we think it would be even better if the bundle included a cleaning cloth to wipe down the monitor from time to time."

Also why don't they include a hdmi-hdmi cable? :D

Sucks that it can't be mounted on a wall mount or a stand.

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So the touch sensitive buttons always remain lit?
 
That would get kinda distracting when you work alot at night. With my ADD, I have  a hard enough time watching a movie with even the DVD panel lights running on the side! I couldn't imagine working through out the night with those buttons staring at me all the time. At that point in the article with the mounting options, my thought on the price was,... well maybe for $125?
 
Yet like most people have commented on here before, we want monitors will the smallest bezel possible. and having one that has a huge bottom, and lights staring at you all the time is kinda going backwards. Even if it has the absolute best picture.
 
Another issue I would have liked to see was no instep from the frame to the screen. In the first picture it looked nice and flat. But then I noticed in the side view it is like other screens. I would personally like one that has a solid front cover so we don't get dust buildup in those little cracks! Also if they could at least give us an option to have a timer on the front button illumination, and a mounting option? Then the price would sound palatable.

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