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

Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review

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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 to get you on the road to stereoscopic 3D bliss. 23" monitors are currently the sweet spot for displays, so it makes sense for companies to introduce new products at this specific size. Do yourself a favor and give the specs a once over. Then, check out the rest of the review to find out what else the Asus VG236H has to offer.

Asus VG236H 23" LCD 120Hz Monitor
Specifications and Features
Display Size
23" Widescreen
Resolution
1920 x 1080 (up to 120Hz)
Aspect Ratio           16 : 9
Brightness
400 cd/m2
Intrinsic Contrast Ratio
1,000:1
Response Time
2 ms (Gray to Gray)
Viewing Angle
170º / 160º (Horizontal / Vertical)
Color Saturation (NTSC)
16.7 M
Connectors
Dual-link DVI, HDMI, Component
Power Consumption
60W On / 2W Power Saving / 1W Off
Speakers
No
Stand
+15° to -5° Tilt, Vesa Mounts (100mm x 100mm)
Dimensions
(with stand)
21.7" x 16.5" x 9.8". (WxHxD)
550 x 420 x 250 mm
Weight
15.4 lbs / 7 kg
Included Accessories

Support CD, Quick Start Guide, Power Cord, Dual-link DVI Cable, NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit, Warranty Card
Warranty
3 Years Limited (Parts/Labor)
Price
$499


Within the box, is a bundle with all of the accessories you'll need to get the display set up quickly. It includes the NVIDIA 3D Vision kit, a dual-link DVI cable, power cord, quick start guides, a warranty card, and driver disks. We normally find monitors with only the basic essentials, but with 3D technology starting to take off, its great to see Asus include the 3D Vision kit with this monitor.

You don't need a powerful computer to run 3D Vision. The minimum requirements consist of Windows Vista or 7, Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor, 1GB memory, 100MB of free disk space, and a GeForce 9600GT videocard (or better). Of course, more eye candy and higher frame rates will require beefier parts.

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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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