The Good Speakers are better than regular monitors. Excellent build quality. A decent amount of input for the price.
The Bad Color accuracy is off. The sharpness is too high not to change it. The performance of HDMI 1080i is not great.
The Bottom Line The VH232H is great for build quality, but it stumbles upon image quality. Color accuracy is not its strong point, sharpness is set too high and movie viewing via HDMI is not the best; but if you just want to play the main games, it may fit your account.
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In the uncalibrated format, Dell was not the worst we’ve seen, but it wasn’t great either. Note that we have disabled the dynamic contrast ratio for these tests.
|Black level (cd/m²)||0.34|
|White level (cd/m²)||315.69|
Non-calibrated CIE chart The white triangle is the color space of the monitor, the dark is the sRGB that it is trying to match.(CBS Interactive screenshot)
Outside the box, the Asus doesn’t look too bad. Let’s see if we can improve things a bit.
|Black level (cd/m²)||0.22|
|White level (cd/m², target 140cd/m²)||112.19|
|Gamma (target 2.2)||2.09|
CIE Calibrated Chart(CBS Interactive screenshot)
Typically, the red and blue discrepancies are resolved by 30% gray and then adjacent to the straight line. To fix this, we need to shift and tighten control, something that can only be found on much more expensive monitors.(CBS Interactive screenshot)
Even for the limited control that the VH232H gives us, it resisted accurate calibration all the way, from fine-tuned contrast, to too little red in the lower 40% shade of gray, to a blue sag between 20 and 60%, too blue every time we hit 100%. While this is unlikely to affect gamers at all, those who have accurate colors should avoid this monitor.
Although the monitor may have an HDMI port, it does not guarantee that it will display the image as expected. We plugged in the PlayStation 3 and checked for 24p as well as a Jeder and ran a HQV Blu-ray test to see how well it handles interlaced source and noise.
|24p capable||Understands YUV|| Mission Impossible III
Scene 11 judder test
| Mission Impossible III
Scene 14 judder test
resolution loss – stadium
|Total score (out of 100)|
1080i content was terrible for VH232H; we only recommend progressive content. 24p is not supported.
Viewing angles were made using the Canon 40D in spot metering, with only shutter time adjusting for good exposure.
TN color inversion on the lower vertical viewing angle occurs as usual in the VH232H.(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)
Backlight uniformity was measured by placing the HCFR in free mode, displaying a fully white image and recording brightness along a 5×3 grid on the screen. This should be considered as a guide only, since the uniformity of the backlight can vary from one unit to one.
Everything looks fine, except for a slightly lighter right lower part and a darker mid-tip than expected. In practice, the difference is hard to see.(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)
When all the lights are off and a black image is displayed, there is a slight light at the top and bottom of the panel, as expected in this price range.
It is important to note that the effects of light bleeding are likely to vary from monitor to monitor, regardless of size.
The panel itself is deep enough, and the frame is a piano black, which means that during bright scenes you may notice the screen display on the panel, which for some will be distracting. Asus slightly mitigated this effect by cornering the inner panel; however, matte black would be a more reasonable choice.
We measured energy using a Jaycar digital energy meter. It is important to note here that due to the limitations of the meter, the measurements are limited to 1 W or more and reported in 1 W increments.
All measurements, brightness and contrast of the screen were set to 100 percent and the test image was displayed.
|Maximum power draw||39W|
It’s a pretty heavy draw, but it seems to be keeping in mind the size of the screen.
Asus covers the VH232H with a three-year warranty, picking up on the spot. If you have bright sub-pixels 30 days after your purchase date, you can return the monitor to another one; however, dark sub pixels are excluded from this warranty. After this period, you will need three bright sub-pixels or five dark sub-pixels to qualify for a warranty replacement.
The VH232H is great for build quality, but it comes across as image quality. Color accuracy is not its strong point, sharpness is set too high and movie viewing via HDMI is not the best; but if you just want to play the main games, it may fit your account.