- Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 38.7 x 44.5 cm ; 4.2 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 5 Kg
- Item model number: VH198T
- ASIN: B002WSPAKI
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 17 2010
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #655,949 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
ASUS VH198T 19-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor (Black)
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- Led monitor - up to 40percent energy savings
- 5 ms response time
- 10000000:1 contrast ratio
- Designed to deliver both high definition digital video and multi-channel digital audio
- Splendid Video Enhancement Technology
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ASUS VH198T Save the Earth and Shrink Your Power Bill with VH198T. Mercury-free LED monitor delivers ultra-sharp images with great power savings. LED monitor, Green Power Efficiency up to 40%, 19" Wide, 10M:1 ASUS Smart contrast Ratio, DVI, VGA, 5ms Response Time.
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Also, the box says this monitor is an LED, but the included paper manual says it is an LCD and the ASUS website says it is an LCD in one place and an LED in another. I'm still not sure what it is.
-The following paragraph applies only to the use of this monitor in reference to the xbox 360, and will likely be of value only to those wondering about compatibility/issues/ect between this monitor and the 360-
For those wondering, the xbox 360 (at least the new slim, not sure about the original) supports the 1440 x 900 resolution. If you want to connect the xbox 360 directly to the monitor, you will need an HDMI to DVI adapter, and if you want to use the monitor's built in speakers -which do suck but still work- then you will need a stereo Female RCA to Male 3.5mm/1/8in stereo adapter. Also, note that the new slim Xbox 360's have a tab on their proprietary A/V connector which prevents both HDMI and their A/V connector from being plugged in at the same time, which depending on your particular setup you may actually need to get sound. The solution is simple, hack saw the tab off, and there you go, you can get video from the HDMI to the monitor and sound from the A/V connector. If you are afraid to hacksaw the tab, you can always opt to buy a third party A/V connector for the 360 with the tab missing sold for this very purpose, but it would be the exact same thing and much cheaper to just get rid of the tab (if you do use the A/V connector for your sound, it might be worth making sure the yellow RCA leftover can't touch anything grounded, not sure if it would hurt it or not, but can't think of any good reason to let it do so since it likely has voltage applied to it, maybe not much voltage.. but...). Lastly, you may want to set the "reference level" of the video output of the 360 to "Expanded." This will send the monitor more color information than the default "Standard." If I recall correctly, you can find this option by pressing the Guide button, going to Console/System settings, Video (this is also where you will need to adjust the resolution as well, since the Xbox defaulted to I believe something like 600x480, which did not look good at all). I also found that ASUS' "Scenery" mode and "Theatre" mode looked the best to me personally.
In my opinion, this monitor is the perfect size for gaming. Large HDTV's are great for football, movies and such, but are a serious disadvantage when it comes to gaming. Pro/Semi-pro/Serious gamers do not play on large monitors/TV's for this reason. So I don't see this as a budget monitor for a gaming rig, but a perfect sized and beautiful monitor that completes a gaming rig. Don't waste your money buying a significantly larger screen if you intend to use the monitor solely for gaming, and for the price I would imagine you would be hard pressed to find a better and more solid buy. Like I said, I bought this for gaming, and I am very pleased with the size and quality. For what it's worth...
[ Pros ]
Picture: Vibrant, rich and deep colors, high contrast ratio, very bright and very sharp, no stuck pixels when it arrived and 3 years later. Movies turn out very nicely, document and spreadsheet review is a breeze, and I am most pleased with the gaming. I've played Starcraft 2, Quake 3 and Quake Live, BattleField 3 from the PC, and many Halos, Borderlands, Gears of War, Black Ops, from my xbox 360, and all have played very smoothly and rendered beautifully.
Response and input time: The specs say it is 5ms. But I was really impressed at how smooth the response was, after playing on several other LCDs with 5ms and experiencing both horrible and mediorce input lag. Others who've played on it have also commented on its input and responsiveness. For very fast-paced FPS games like Quake, and Halo, and RTS games like Starcraft where I average about 200 efficient actions per minute, and am constantly switching screen positions and using bound keys, it is imperative that the commands are responsive, and smooth, and this monitor has performed admirably in this regard.
Video inputs: Has DVI and VGA and generously supplies cords for both. Those inputs are all that I needed and wanted for a monitor that's not an 1080 HD. An HDMI and display port input would be nice, but are ultimately unnecessary.
The look: Matte finish on the screen surface prevents glare and reflection. The monitor's profile is thin, it doesn't take up a lot of room on my desk, and is not too heavy, but is sturdy and not cheap-looking.
Very good quality for price point.
LED: Energy-saving feature which minimizes power used, and it runs very cool.
Easy to use and set up: Adjustable tilt on base, detachable base, plug and play. (No height adjustment feature but that is easily fixed with sticking a book or something underneath.) The stand is sturdy.
[ Cons ]
Angled top - hard to mount a webcam
Speakers - I've generally used headphones or a soundsystem/independent speakers, although the speakers in the monitor come in handy in a pinch. They are ok in quality and volume and located in the back (non-intrusive).
No input button - I've had both my desktop computer/laptop and my xbox 360 plugged in to DVI and VGA respectively and it's always a little bit of a hassle to remove one and plug in the other to have the monitor recognize and switch sources. Not a huge issue, but one missing convenience that I suppose is justified by the price tag.
[ Other thoughts ]
ASUS makes great monitors, and their brand is one that I associate with good quality. I'm taking a large step and purchasing their ASUS VG248QE 24-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor, with 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time, which costs $100 more (now that I can afford it) but I plan to continue to use this screen as a dual monitor.