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Pros: -Incredible response time. Did not know you could get such raw responsiveness on an IPS display. Absolutely CUTS through frames on any games. With vsync off it feels more responsive when i move my mouse than my 21.5" inch asus 2ms response time TN monitor does. I am impressed with this monitor.
-No image ghosting
-Flawless colors (makes you wonder why TN monitors are still made today)
-No light bleed
-No pead dixels
-Bright backlight (even at 100bright/100contrast the colors are still flawless and deep)
-The speakers are bad (yes listed that one as a pro because built in monitor speakers are usually HORRIBLE) The sound quality of the speakers in this monitor are LIGHTYEARS better than my asus 144hz monitors built in speakers. That asus's speakers literally has the sound quality of those greeting cards you open in the store.
-100X better colors when pairing this thing up with my PS3/X360 console compared to my expensive 24" ASUS 144hz 1ms monitor ever did. i think asus monitors have an issue with gaming consoles as they just look washed out. You should see how washed out my ps3/x360 looks when i plug it into all three of my different asus monitors it looks like something is physically wrong.
Cons: -I first ordered this monitor because it originally said AMD ADAPTIVE SYNC in the specifications tab. If you look at user questions people ask what the freesync range is. (then someone later pointed out thats impossible for this monitor to support freesync because it lacks a displayport and freesync requires a displayport to work)
Newegg since removed the false advertisment. But i would have never ordered this monitor otherwise because i already have a much better 23" acer H6 ips (this monitor is good but that monitor is pure magic because it uses a glass surface and colors on glass displays are simply magical)
-Feels cheap. It really does. Its like a hollow piece of empty plastic. The stand is stable and holds the monitor up solid on my desk but its still a plastic hollow plate and i would prefer it to be heavier or some sort of finished plastic. You know that feeling when you used to smack an old TV on the side and it had that kind of hollow feeling? Thats what this monitor feels like. Hollow like you can throw it into the air and it would float for a while before hitting the ground
Other Thoughts: (i know i will get some flack for this but this monitor actually retains a moving image with more clarity than my 144hz asus 1ms response time monitor does as that suffers from microscopic image ghosting believe it nor not) Yes of course the 144 frames per second is generally smoother but thats not what im talking about.
Whenever i get a new monitor (i use a LOT of monitors each year) i do a simple image ghosting test where i load up BF3 or BF4 and i look forward and just hit A and D and just strafe left and right to see if the very fine blades of grass lose any clarity. And this monitor quite simply did not blur the fine blades of glass when my 144hz asus did a very small amount.
-Antiglare surfaces absolutely destroy image depth, color accuracy, flourescent lighting ranges, and slightly blur pixels together. Comparing a glass to an antiglare monitor simply looks like the antiglare monitor has not been finished in the factory yet.. Like something is missing. Glass just completes the image and brings it to life (all old tvs and monitors had rounded glass as a standard because without glass you just are left with an unfinished paper surface)
I just dont understand why antiglare monitors do not have glass first THAN an antiglare coating. Otherwise you are just using an untreated/unfinished monitor.
But with all that being said i will remove no stars as this is the best an anti-glare monitor could possibly be.
Pros: OK right off the bat i will tell you the #1 most important thing to me is image responsiveness and how fluidly a 3D image is rendered. I obsessively test for image ghosting and i have been through multiple different TN monitors over the past 6 months trying to find one that did not become fuzzy during motion. But they all let me down.
I almost just threw in the towel and just continued using my old CRT monitor because i had just accepted the fact that flat screen monitors just could not achieve the depth and responsiveness that i desired. And i had it ingrained in my mind that IPS monitors were just made for people who use adobe. So i never even considered trying one.
But the irony is that from best to worse my monitors with the least image ghosting is 1.Acer H6 IPS (zero image ghosting) 2. Asus vh226h 2ms 60hz (very little barely any image ghosting) and 3. ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms (GTG) HDMI was ironically the most washed out and prone to ghosting/ motion fuzziness.
I literally feel like i have never gamed until NOW. I now have a refueled motivation to re-explore ALL my old games just to see how they look with a REAL MONITOR for the first time in my life.
The new IPS display is rendered so responsively and fluid with such great depth that there is absolutely ZERO image ghosting.. The image is rendered so flawlessly that it does not even seem like this monitors technology would physically allow it to even experience a "ghosting" even if i tried as hard as i can. The image renders so buttery smooth that when i pan the camera around objects in games they render in an almost BULB like effect like i can just reach into the monitor and grab them.
its just so funny how i purchased a monitor with 5ms response time (i would be too scared to buy a monitor with that high response time a year ago) but the funny thing is that this is by far the most responsive monitor ive ever used.
(WARNING IF YOU PLAN ON TURNING VSYNC OFF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A BAD TIME AS THE IMAGE SCREEN TEARS IN LIKE 4 DIFFERENT SPOTS AS WITH ALL IPS DISPLAYS)
Ok now when i used this IPS display for the first time it was just instant. Within 1 millisecond i realized that this is what i want. And its not just the colors that won me over its the entire archituecture/technology of how the image is displayed looked COMPLETELY different than TN panels. Its hard to describe but the image is very wholesome and homogenous/even.. It truly looks like a CRT monitor. Its not a digital slurry of bleached pixels that are TN panels.
This is the monitor i have been spending my whole life searching for and i finally have found it.
And why have i been so stupid to purchase MATTE finishes all this time? If you put a matte screen protector on an iphone the image becomes blurry. Maybe thats why all my other monitors never looked clear like this one.. because those were all matte. Glass is like.. The only way to go. This monitor IS glossy. And thats good.
Cons: Worst OSD setup i have ever seen in my life. I almost came to tears trying to change the brightness/contrast. I had to take a piece of paper and write down the order in which i pressed all 6 of the buttons just so i could remember how to get back to the image adjustment page. Asus monitors have much easier OSDs to control.
metal neck of the stand comes in the box and it is basically a small metal black brick (im surprised it was so heavy and metal and not plastic) but yeah it is very heavy and big and it takes a LOT of force to get it to SNAP into the back of the monitor securely. Basically you have to push with all your might just to get it to snap in..
And quite simply i did not want to push on a monitor with all my might so i simply pushed it in as far as i felt comfortable with. It is in very strong even without it making the click sound and i think i would need muscles just to take it back out again.
But this monitor is very stable on my desk and people who say this monitor has a cheap stand need to get their opinion glands checked because they are factually incorrect.
Other Thoughts: 23 inches is the sweetspot as 24 inches makes pixels look a bit too blocky.
My conclusion of this whole ordeal is take advertised response times on TN panels with a grain of salt (or perhaps its just the poor lighting/architecture of TN panels that make the ghosting more apparent?) The depth and color accuracy of this monitor make it almost seem like it would be impossible for ghosting to occur.
Pros: Ok so I have been using a 21.5" ASUS VH226H 2MS G2G LCD monitor (non LED backlight) for the past 7 years and that thing is the closest i have come to the color reproduction and performance of a CRT monitor. The colors were deep, the blacks were true BLACK (if i had a black wallpaper on that old monitor you would not be able to see where the monitor was in a dark room because the blacks were so deep and on point) and that monitor only required a small amount of backlight to achieve the perfect colors. In order to get similar colors on this new monitor i have to turn it up so bright it looks like i am facing the sun.
Before you think i have a defective monitor just remember i have two and i know someone who owns it as well. So i know for a fact the monitors i am using are not defective. They both work as they are supposed to and they both come from different stores (one newegg and one from a store i cant type in the name of) so don't bother trying to discredit my review. I am quite tech savvy and i can confirm i am running in 144hz mode (it does make a noticable difference in games at least in terms of general perception)
So in my mind my old asus monitor had 2ms response time right? And that monitor had NO motion blur or motion fuzziness at ALL on 60hz. In fact, the moving picture was so crisp on my old 2ms monitor that i could spin around the dragon in HEAVEN3D and it rendered in almost a BULB-like effect where it felt like i could reach into the monitor and grab it..
So i figured in my mind that 1ms response time would be 50% faster to the point of being almost hyper-realisticly buttery smooth right?.. not only is this new monitor not smooth. But this monitor is legitimately fuzzy and actually prone to minor image ghosting.. Literally i paid $300 just to avoid this. Even as i scroll through text on web pages you see the black text update against the white background and it looks distracting.
I am like the master of OCD when it comes to image responsiveness. I strive for an almost realtime image. If you think its not possible to make an image any more responsive than this monitor you are dead wrong. It is possible for displays to be completely blur-free and i have seen many of them. Just look at an of the new tablets or many of todays smartphones for example. You can play any 3D game and turn the camera really fast and the image will retain PERFECT clarity even rendering 2048x2048 resolution at 60fps. This monitor suffers from very fuzzy motion. Fact.
Cons: Whenever i test out a new monitor or new TV i do a simple test to check for response time, i strafe left or right in any HD first person shooter game and i observe the image to see if it loses any clarity. if it loses minor clarity its ok. If you literally see colors change as a result of the pixels blending together that is BAD. If you stand still in BF4 for example everything looks incredibly crisp than you strafe left or right everything looks like it just got 4X FXAA enabled on it for a second. This monitor simply blurs from motion and becomes sharp again once you stop. Its actually so bad there is almost a vignetting effect around the corners of the monitor.
But i kid you not.. Besides that.. This monitor is the most wishy washy, oversaturated, overly-backlit bleached looking putrid monitor i have seen in the last 7 years hands down. There is no way you could call this thing a monitor. The colors look like cotton candy with a back-light so strong it just completely bleaches all the colors. It's more like an HDTV than a computer monitor. And Right now as i look at this monitor the center is white, the top right corners are yellow, the windows background (which i remember being a dark blue on my last monitor) looks like transparent washed out blue chalk. Its just not a very even or quality monitor.
On my old asus VH226H i dont think i adjusted the gamma,contrast,brightness once in the last 5yrs.. All games just work perfectly. Never in my life have i had to adjust gamma through my video control panel and i see asus responding to all these reviews suggesting to do so? Uhh i think not. I have been through dozens of monitors and they can all be calibrated directly without having to make display driver adjustments.
On my old monitor i used to use reshade and force ambient occlusion in many games and it looked amazing. With this monitor its just so wishy-washy i dont even use sweetFX because games simply do not look good at all. They look so.. flat. I cant even see the ambient occlusion effects honestly. Its like no matter what the backlight is dominant first over the color reproduction leading to washy picture quality.
I will upload the video to youtube (google scalz420) of the numerous nit-picky issues with this monitor
Other Thoughts: The speakers are quite insulting to me as an asus customer considering my $170 cheaper (and better) asus monitor has better built in speakers.READ FULL REVIEW
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