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Other Thoughts: Correct something in my previous review. The description does in fact say it comes with 2x HDMI cables, I was only looking at the product photo which clearly didn't show any, so there's that. Sorry to the guy I doubted, you were right, the description has an error, there aren't any HDMI cables included, only VGA and HDMI to DVI (as well as power and audio).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great viewing angles, very sleek, bezels aren't very large, came with all cables advertized (see other thoughts), 2 HDMI ports. It's an IPS display, colors looks great (if you mess with settings, see other thoughts). I DEFINITELY recommend this monitor, it looks good with some tweaks.
Cons: Lacks anything other than HDMI and VGA. I would have liked to see DVI or even Display Port, just for more options. The speakers are okay, maybe if you want to skype with someone they'll work fine, but they aren't amazing for games, music, or movies really. They are usable, just not amazing. Works for occasional YouTube vid, but just use headphones.
There IS an issue with colors, at least for me. They look really off, and the presets look bad, my fix that works for me is in other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: To the guy who is disappointed that it didn't come with two HDMI cables: read the description again, it doesn't. It comes with a VGA and an HDMI to DVI cable (which, if your using this for you computer, you should be able to use most likely).
ALSO, about the color problem. Asus has some presets in the monitors on-screen display, and none of them look good without a lot of tweaking. On some, the blacks aren't deep enough, in others contrast is too high etc, and you cant change any of these in the options on some presets.
I use this for games, and out of the box everything looked washed out on the "game" preset to me and other presets were equally funky. So if you want to know my settings, (requires Nvidia GPU) here they are:
REMEMBER THIS IS TO MY TASTES, FOR GAMING, but may work for you:
In the on-screen display menu:
-Standard mode (in "Splendid" tab, this is important)
-Saturation: 50 (unchangeable)
-Color temp: Normal
-Skin tone: Natural (unchangeable)
-Leave other unchangeable stuff
-Vivid pixel: 0 (annoying sharpening, some people like it)
Now in Nvidia control panel:
(under Display and then Adjust Desktop Color Settings)
-Tick "use Nvidia settings"
-Digital Vibrance: 72% (because you can't adjust saturation in Standard mode on the monitor, which is washed out)
-Hue: 0 (don't mess with this)
-Digital color format: RGB (see below for more info, important!)
-Content type reported: Desktop program (I just leave it on this)
OK, so Nvidia cards have a problem with RGB, so you need to download a fix or it wont work right and blacks will look bad. Google "nvidia rgb fix" and it will be the first link, or go here to DL: http://blog.metaclassofnil.com/?p=83
Use the tool, restart your PC, and it should have full range (0-255) RGB now.
These are the settings I use, and I like them for gaming. Colors look way better than before, especially in Skyrim. Fell free to tweak it to your liking of course, tastes are different, it's just I've found that to work best.
Thanks for reading, I hope I helped someone out.
Display Name: Peter G.
Date Joined: 07/21/12
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