Asus VH242H 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor

Introduction and Specifications

With Asus's recent Blitzkrieg of inexpensive Eee PC netbooks and nettops, it might be easy forget that Asus also manufactures a full bevy of components and peripherals from motherboards to graphics cards to networking products. Asus also makes LCD displays, ranging in size from 17-inches on up to 26-inches, which cover a wide swath of feature sets and needs from the budget user to the graphics professional.

One of Asus' recently released displays is the Asus VH242H 23.6-inch widescreen LCD Monitor. The "V" in the product name indicates that it is a "value" model--in other words, it is a budget display. But even with a budget price tag of $249 and using inexpensive thin-film-transistor twisted-nematic (TFT-TN) display technology, the VH242H offers features and performance that you would expect from more-expensive displays. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find many 24-inch or 23.6-inch LCD display at this price point.

Where the VH242H finds places to cut corners is with its lack of an integrated USB hub and a monitor stand that doesn't swivel or offer any height adjustments. But the monitor does include integrated, stereo speakers, as well as separate video inputs for DVI-D, VGA, and HDMI 1.1. Adding to its value, the HDMI input is HDCP compliant, so you can use the VH242H to display protected HD content.

Asus VH242H 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor
Specifications and Features

Pixel Pitch
Color Saturation
Native Resolution
Brightness (Max)
Static Contrast Ratio
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Viewing Angle (CR=10)
Response Time
Analog Signal Frequency
Digital Signal Frequency
Video Inputs
Audio jacks
Stereo Speakers
Power Consumption
Power Saving Mode
Chassis Color
VESA Wall Mounting:
Phys. Dimension (WxHxD)
Net Weight (Est.)
Gross Weight (Est.)

23.6" (16:9 aspect ratio) TFT-TN
72% (NTSC)
300 cd/m2
16.7 million
5 ms (Tr+Tf) grey-to-grey
DVI-D; VGA (D-Sub); HDMI 1.1 (HDCP)
Line-in; Headphone out; S/PDIF out
2Wx2 stereo RMS
Piano Black
Kensington lock
-5° to ~+20° 
5.8 kg
8.2 kg
DVI cable; VGA cable; audio cable; power cord; Quick start guide; support CD; warranty card

MSRP: $249

The VH242H's 1920x1080 native resolution and true 16:9 aspect ratio are well suited for viewing widescreen, HD content. Its 5ms (gray-to-gray) response time, 1000:1 static contrast ratio, and 300:1cd/m2 maximum brightness don't quite measure up with the specs of higher-end displays, but they are still respectable. The VH242H comes with both DVI and VGA cables, but it doesn't come with an HDMI cable unfortunately.

Tags:  Asus, LCD, monitor, Widesceen

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