Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review - HotHardware
Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review

Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review

There is a big push for various 3D technologies in the current market. Whether you're a fan or foe, the industry is pushing forward with 3D at a torrid pace. Recently, we had a chance to test 3D Vision Surround from NVIDIA and came away impressed by the experience. It was only a matter of time before we got our hands on more hardware featuring the technology though, and Asus stepped up to the plate without missing a beat.

Today, we're checking out the latest 3D capable monitor to hit the market, the Asus VG236H. The VG236H display from Asus is a 23" widescreen panel that features a 120Hz refresh rate, 1920 x 1080 resolution, and an NVIDIA 3D Vision kit...

Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review

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I've always been a fan of Asus monitors. $320 for this monitor sounds great!  Even the $550 Alienware monitor isn't that awesome but for $320  (Acer's is 399 or 299?) that is a great buy.   I didn't even know this thing was coming out.  Looks like I found my replacement for my Samsung 2233RZ.

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I don't know. If this was an LED monitor then I'd be all for it but since It's not I may go with the Zalman 3D monitor since it actually offers 3D without forcing you to buy a 3D Vision kit.

http://www.zalman.co.kr/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?Idx=219

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@taylor

That monitor looks like crap... It may be LED but the contrast ratio is low, and it claims 3D but it's only a 75hz monitor... that is not up to Nvidia's minimum required hz. This monitor does it's own 3D conversion... which I suspect is not very good.

This Asus monitor is pretty sweet... however I would like to buy it without the 3D vision kit.

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TaylorKarras:

I don't know. If this was an LED monitor then I'd be all for it but since It's not I may go with the Zalman 3D monitor since it actually offers 3D without forcing you to buy a 3D Vision kit.

http://www.zalman.co.kr/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?Idx=219

The problem is, Nvidia's 3D technique is similar to the one being adopted by Samsung and Sony and their 3D TVs will be compatible with 3D Vision whereas the proposed ATI solution requires a person to buy only a Zalman monitor.   I don't exactly know anyone who would line up to buy a Zalman monitor over other brands.

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Unitl I saw Taylor's link... I didn't even know Zalman MADE monitors lol

That's not saying much for their monitors lol

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crowTrobot:

TaylorKarras:

I don't know. If this was an LED monitor then I'd be all for it but since It's not I may go with the Zalman 3D monitor since it actually offers 3D without forcing you to buy a 3D Vision kit.

http://www.zalman.co.kr/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?Idx=219

The problem is, Nvidia's 3D technique is similar to the one being adopted by Samsung and Sony and their 3D TVs will be compatible with 3D Vision whereas the proposed ATI solution requires a person to buy only a Zalman monitor.   I don't exactly know anyone who would line up to buy a Zalman monitor over other brands.

I would. Basically the whole "buy shutter 3D glasses" thing seems like a ploy to spend more money for something that really doesn't make a difference really. Like I keep saying, I don't know why we can't use our RealD glasses on 3DTV's because basically the TV's can do 120HZ and unless there is something that is preventing RealD from being used on TV's, I don't see what the problem is with RealD on 3DTV's.

 

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The shutter glasses a pretty cool tech and the 3d I watched looked pretty good... but I wouldn't want to watch it for a prolonged period of time.

The glasses are too heavy and not incredibly comfortable.

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SHINNY! :D lol and YEA! i can run this with minimum requirement... :). I love the sleek design (from the front) on asus products.

"This Asus monitor is pretty sweet... however I would like to buy it without the 3D vision kit."

Who wouldn't? :D. I never thought of upgrading to 3d so i never really looked at the kit, but i just realized the glasses need to be charged -.-...

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That's a main problem. Unless a program that can can show Polarized (non 3D Vision) 3D is installed then people will lineup to buy a NVIDIA card and 3D Vision just to jump into the 3D experience and I am not a fan of those glasses that require you to charge them every few days or so.

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I'm not a fan of any of this 3D garbage at all any ways... so I intend to avoid Nvidia's 3D vision and all the other crap on the market.

Unless it is given to me for free... then I will have no complaints ;-)

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That a little to much for a bulky monitor.

These High Definition 3D monitors are more than likely going to be the standard as early as next year. So I am sure they will be under the $200 range and have refresh rates hovering over 120Hz.

I agree that I would like to see more compatibility with other 3D systems before jumping on the bandwagon, and rushing to to get and expensive fad....only to have buyers remorse before the box gets thrown away.

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I'm just wondering when the PC market will finally get local dimming LED backlit LCD monitors???

 

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- That a little to much for a bulky monitor.

Ho there! This is not just a bulky monitor, it's a double-pumped 120hz flat panel. CRT zealots can finally recycle their old and washed out monitor (ok mine is still nice) for a supe rresponsive and smooth panel. Fast FPS games get much better with 120hz, well anything that moves faster than 60 pixels per second. Reviewers of these "3D" monitors find even desktop use a better experience: Smooth and responsive mouse cursor movement and smoother window animation.

If your FPS is variable, or you can get more than 60fps, 120hz is an improvement. V-sync tearing is almost gone. Much less sample-and-hold smearing, fourfold less RTC artifacts.

But there are a lot of second generation 120hz monitors that have glaring problems, like white halos around graphics (acer), way too much text sharpening (acer), blurry scrolling and cursor movement (alienware 23"), input lag (acer)

 If you wanto own people online at TF2, Quake, Unreal even fast RTS games you need a 120hz before them.

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^yep, 120Hz gaming is the way to go.  The "3D" fad on LCD monitors wouldn't have taken off IMO if it didn't have 120Hz mode when 3D vision is not turned on and future LCDs/LEDs are going this direction anyway so eventually all monitors will eventually be compatible with Nvidia's 3D Vision.

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If you need to look for more specs about this monitor go the company's website and check the specs. I got the monitor myself and I'm very satisfied with it, but the contrast ratio is wrong it's not 1000 : 1^^

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I've just bought one of these, and the 3d effect is very impresive. My Rig is nothing special

AMD Phenom II x4 3.6 4 GB ram 460 SE card Win 7 64 Ultimate and i am able to run 1080P @ 120hz without glitching on most of my games . The newer titles seem to work best.

BTW the contast ratio is Intrinsic ( True contrast) and not Dynamic which is a bit of B S used by marketing people to by because its stated a 30000:1 and peoble like to buy big numbers

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