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

Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review

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Even before turning on the monitor, we found the VG236H aesthetically pleasing. The VG236H features a shiny, black bezel and matching stand that would fit in any environment. But there's no mistaking the mission of this display, with a large 3D logo printed in the center of its circular base and a thin red stripe accenting its perimeter. As with all glossy items, periodic dusting and fingerprint removal will be required to keep it looking its best.




One of the first things we noticed about the monitor is its glossy screen. In general, glossy screens provide a richer, more vibrant display than matte screens usually offer, but at the cost of increased glare and being more prone to attracting fingerprints. While each type of screen (glossy vs matte) has its advantages, consider your environment and personal preference when shopping for a monitor. With that said, we didn't run into any problems with glare during our testing and the screen is free of fingerprints up to now.


 

From the side angle, the VG236H looks a bit clunky. The base measures almost 10" deep and the monitor stands over 20" high, fully extended.

The display features a height adjustable stand that raises 4 inches (100mm) and tilts from -5 degrees to 15 degrees. In addition, it swivels on its base from left to right for 150 degrees. Both the monitor and stand actually move when you turn the display, as the base has a bottom plate with rubber strips on which it rotates on. 



HDMI, Dual-link DVI, YPbPr Connections

On the rear panel of the monitor, there are three options for connectivity--HDMI, DVI, and component jacks. 3D Vision requires the use of dual-link DVI on this monitor, so keep that in mind during installation. Unfortunately, the monitor does not provide a DisplayPort connection. 

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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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