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4 out of 5 eggs Great Monitors, but be Cautious When Using the HDMI Input 12/25/2012

This review is from: ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000000:1 (ASCR)

Pros:

I now own five of these monitors. I use three on one system and two on another. The first three I have had for over a year. The last two I have had for over a month. I still find these monitors to have the best combination of color, brightness, contrast ratio, fast response time, and price.

LED backlit monitors are really the way to go. You get even lighting across the entire display.

Since these displays have a matte (non-glossy) finish, there is no reflections on the screen from things in the room.

Three year warranty with rapid replacement and free 2-way shipping is standard on these monitors.

Cons:

There is an issue if you use the HDMI input on this monitor. This took a lot of research, many phone calls to ASUS, and a lot of trial and error to resolve. Here's the deal. ASUS designed this monitor so that when you use the HDMI input it will try to default to what's called a TV resolution at 1080p, 1920 x 1080 resolution. In this TV resolution setting the colors are a bit grayed out (faded). If you read the reviews of people using the HDMI input, you will see this is a common complaint about the color. In the nVidia control panel, on the computer, in the resolution selection box there will be a list of resolutions under an "HDTV" heading (only shows when using the HDMI input) and a list of resolutions under a "PC" heading. The highest resolution available under the HDTV heading is 1080p, 1920 x 1080. The highest resolution available under the PC heading is 1680 x 1050. If you use any of the HDTV resolutions you get the faded colors. If you use any of the PC resolution you get the correct colors, but you won't be able to get the full 1920 x 1080 resolution. There is a simple work around that I found for this, and it is what I use to correct this problem. If you want/need to use an HDMI cable, use an HDMI to DVI adapter on the monitor end so that your HDMI cable can be plugged into the DVI input on the monitor. The monitor will now think that it is connected via a DVI cable, even though the other end of the HDMI cable is connected to the HDMI output of the video card. You will now be able to select the 1920 x 1080 under the PC resolution and have the full resolution along with the correct, non-faded, colors.

The vertical viewing angle is limited. Once your eye level starts getting above the top of monitor and you are looking at a downward angle to the display, the display starts to look dark and the colors look polarized. If the monitors are above eye level, and you are looking at an upward angle towards the display it looks fine.

The included monitor stand is short and wobbly. The only available adjustment is a slight tilt.

No DisplayPort connections.

ASUS tech support is one of the worst that I deal with. No matter what ASUS product I call about, it is very difficult to get someone with any knowledge on the phone. I have been given wrong information more times than I have been given correct information, even by their tier 2 and higher tech support levels.

Other Thoughts:

When I first reviewed these monitors, after my initial triple monitor purchase, I rated them at three eggs because of the faded colors when using HDMI. Now that I have been able to correct that color issue by using an HDMI to DVI adapter I am rating them at four eggs. There is still no other monitor I would by over these at this price point, hence the reason why I bought two more of them last month.

ASUS really needs to publish the information about the limitation when using the HDMI input on these monitors. It would help so many people who ran into the same problem I did.

There are a lot of people that don't think cable quality matters or advise others to buy cheap cables. Please don't. The cable quality really matters. If you use a cheap video cable (especially a cheap HDMI cable) you run the risk of lower picture quality and bandwidth limitations. If you ever see a monitor get periodic red dots (i.e. red snow) and/or sometimes blacks out and then turns back on a few seconds later, this is caused by a cable that doesn't have sufficient bandwidth to support the signal that is being passed through it. When the bandwidth is being choked the monitor receives a lot of signal errors and can't process the signal correctly. This is what causes the monitor to eventually reset itself.

System Information:
ASUS Maximus V Formula
Intel i7-3770K
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti FTW+ 3GB
2 x 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1866
Mushkin Atlas mSATA 60GB SATA3 MLC SSD for SSD Caching
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.2 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1
2 x ASUS Blu-ray Burner
Thermaltake Black Widow 850W PSU
Cooler Master HAF XM Mid Tower Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
2 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlit Monitor

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