Enter the Asus VW246H monitor. With a true HD maximum resolution; 2ms response time; 300 cd/m2; 1000:1 contrast (20,000:1 dynamic); HDMI, VGA and DVI connectors and built in speakers (which no one uses anyway).
Suddenly, I have too much screen real estate. I can open 2 Word documents side by side. Visual Studio looks great, with no need for horizontal scrolling to see all code. Movies look amazing. The 2ms allows for games to play at full 60 fps, without adverse effects.I even considered connecting my Xbox 360 to it (would you believe my 32” LCD television has smaller resolution than this monitor?).
This monitor definitely changes the way I manage my Windows on screen – less need to minimize, or alt+tab, more drag-n-drop. But it also dictates some distance (you can’t sit too close to such a big monitor, otherwise you find yourself looking from side to side to catch the content), which creates a problem since your keyboard remains in the same place, and your arms are not getting longer .
Some problems I have with the monitor are the viewing angle - making the color look dimmer from certain vertical and horizontal degrees, and the horrible on-screen menu, driven by 4 ill-marked buttons. Speaking of buttons, they are quite plastick-y and the on/off button tends to stick.
Overlooking those finishing touches, the visual quality (which is the main reason I bought the monitor) is superb. With 5 automatic viewing modes and plenty of manual options, you can set the image to fit your objective brightness, contrast and color saturation. I would have liked to see a feature that would allow me to save those settings, as I do find myself having to repeat setting them every once in a while (and as stated earlier, the OSD is not that great).
I bought the monitor for $279 at Newegg.com, only to find out a week later it was replaced by model VK246H – essentially the same monitor, only with a 1.3 MPixel web camera.
I give the monitor 3.5 stars. It’s a good 24” beginner screen, but next time I’ll put in an extra $100 and get a Samsung or a Dell.