Introduction and Specifications

The ASUS line of LCD monitors continues to impress us with their lineup of features, performance and low price. The new VW266H display is a 25.5-in offering with a 1920×1200 resolution that includes HDMI, component, DVI and VGA inputs with support for coaxial digital audio output or you can use the integrated 2-channel speakers. All of this at an incredible price as well!
I can remember back in early 2000, when a consumer thought about ASUS, they were thinking about motherboards and only motherboards.  It wasn’t until 2003 that we first reviewed a different ASUS product; it was a Radeon 9800XT graphics card.   Today you will find ASUS in brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy selling things called Eee PCs in a market known as netbooks.  What?

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ASUS has continued to expand its array of product offerings including sound cards, mobile phones, barebones servers and, as the title of this review might lead you to conclude, LCD monitors.  Today we are going to take a look at the largest ASUS-branded monitor available, the VW266H that comes in at just under 26-in. 

Let’s take a quick look at the specifications before jumping into the rest of the review:

Specifications (from asus.com)
TFT-LCD Panel
Panel Size: 25.5“ Wide Screen
True Resolution: 1920X1200
Pixel Pitch: 0.287mm
Brightness(Max): 300 cd/㎡
Contrast Ratio (Max.): 20000 :1 (ASCR)
Display Color: 16.7M
Viewing Angle (CR≧10): 170°(H)/160°(V)
Response Time: 2 ms (Gray-to-Gray)
Video Features
Trace Free Technology
SPLENDID Video Intelligence Technology
SPLENDID Video Preset Modes (5 modes)
Skin-Tone Selection (3 mode)
HDCP support
Color Temperature Selection(5 modes)
Audio Features
Stereo Speakers 3Wx2 stereo RMS
Convenient Hotkey
SPLENDID Video Preset Mode Selection
Auto. Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Volume Adjustment
Input Selection
Input / Output
PC Input: DVI-D/D-Sub
PC Audio Input: 3.5mm Mini-jack
Video Input: Component(YPbPr)/HDMI
AV Audio Input: HDMI
Audio Output: SPDIF
Earphone jack: 3.5mm Mini-jack
Signal Frequency
Analog Signal Frequency: 28~83 KHz(H)/ 50~85 Hz(V)
Digital Signal Frequency: 28~83 KHz(H)/ 50~85 Hz(V)
Power Consumption
Power Consumption < 60 W
Power Saving Mode < 2 W
Mechanical Design
Chassis Colors: Black
Tilt: +20°~ -5°
VESA Wall Mounting: 100x100mm
Security
Kensington lock
Dimension (WxHxD mm)
Phys.Dimension(WxHxD): 597mm x 462mm x 230mm
Box Dimension(WxHxD): 693mm x 528mm x 206mm
Weight
Net Weight (Esti.): 7.9 kg
Gross Weight (Esti.): 11.1 kg
Accessory
DVI cable
VGA cable
Audio cable
Power cord
Quick start guide
support CD
warranty card
Regulation Approval
Energy Star®, UL/cUL, CB, CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI, Gost-R, C-Tick, VCCI, PSB, J-MOSS, RoHS, WEEE, WHQL
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You can get a good feel for what to expect on this display by looking that ASUS-provided table above.  For one, this “26-in” monitor is in fact only 25.5-in diagonally measured.  This is a trend we are finding more and more common on LCD monitors and LCD televisions as you will likely see things like “47-in class” displays listed now that indicate a slightly smaller overall screen size.  The resolution of 1920×1200 is matched with a 2ms gray-to-gray response time rating and a large assortment of available inputs for a monitor at this price.



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