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Popular especially among graphic designers and photographers, monitors with IPS panels (in-plane switching) provide high colour fidelity and stable viewing angles. This panel technology is utilized by Asus in the affordable VS229 and VS239 series, which include monitors in 22- and 23-inch format. Offered for around 150 Euros, only marginally more expensive than TN panels, which are cheaper from the outset, these displays promise a much better image quality.

The 22-inch monitor offers full HD capability with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (16:9 format) and an HDMI input. In addition, the VS229H features VGA and a digital DVI connection. Except for the tilt function, the screen does not provide other ergonomic adjustment options. Visually, the plastic housing shows an impressive black piano finish coating, a chrome arm and a carbon-coloured shiny base.

In the following review, the Asus VS229H will be subject to our test course in order to determine what the TFT monitor is made of.

Scope of supply

Weighing about 5 kg, the Asus VS229H, coming in a sleek box with a carrying handle, is easy to be transported. In addition to a power and a VGA cord, a DVI cable is also included with the monitor. An HDMI cable for the transfer of conventional video signals (PAL) and high-resolution video signals (HDTV) is missing and must be purchased in an accessories shop on demand.

In addition to a multilingual booklet on the three-year manufacturer's warranty, we find enclosed to the monitor a quick start guide in the form of a flyer in more than 30 languages. A detailed manual can be downloaded from the manufacturer's internet page as compressed PDF document.

Optics and mechanics

The black glossy finish of the frame is complemented by an oval-shaped arm in chrome finish. Centrally in the lower part of the frame, the Asus logo is positioned, whereas the grey lettering IPS HDMI adverts the special features of the monitor on the left. Arranged on the right, we find the symbols for the almost invisible control elements that are located underneath the front frame.

High-gloss finish in black, chrome and carbon: front view.

Also made from high-gloss plastic, the elegantly curved arm shimmers chrome-hued and even in dim light shadowy reflects the surroundings. The circular base is decorated with a radial pattern, the visibility of which decreases towards the edge. The bottom of the base is reinforced with a metal plate. At the installation, it is easily attached to the support arm with a screw, which with the help of a small bracket can be tightened manually without a tool.

While the tilt of the monitor can be adjusted by about 5 degrees forward and 20 degrees backward, drill holes for a VESA-compatible wall mounting are also available. For that to happen, the support arm, which is attached with four screws, must be removed. Inside, it is reinforced with a small metal pipe, giving the monitor sufficient stability.

Striking reflections on the base. Slim and elegant stand.

Unfortunately, the shiny surface attracts fingerprints and dust like a magnet. As our test reveals, small micro-scratches will crop up after prolonged use. As the inside edges of the panel frame do not gleam, disturbing light reflections fail to appear, at least in this part.

If you adhere one hand to the stand, the tilt of the Asus VS229H can be adjusted well. The push buttons at the bottom of the front frame can also be easily operated, even if the monitor shows noticeable incline in the process. Though the lightweight construction appears somewhat filigree, it is completely stable.

The power supply unit is integrated in the VS229H. With ventilation louvres at the top and the bottom, Asus allows an air flow through the entire display housing, thus ensuring adequate ventilation. In addition, Asus has incorporated some small air vents in the side edge of the display frame.

Rational ventilation concept. Ventilation louvres above and below.

Alongside with a power cable, a VGA and a DVI cable are enclosed to the monitor. The DVI cable turned out to be little convincing, however. After single use, a pin loosened, making the cable no longer usable. Because of that, the monitor was not able to receive an image signal.

Smart: easy to install. Annoying: faulty DVI cable after single use.

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