ASUS VN248H – 23.8 inch IPS
IPS (In-Plane Switching) screens are now highly affordable. Stylish designs and good pixel responsiveness have enabled these monitors to become highly desirable for home users. The ASUS VN248H makes use of the latest generation of ‘AH-IPS’ panels to deliver pleasing all-round image performance. Unlike most comparable monitors, which feature a black border flush with the panel and a super-thin plastic outer border, this model appears to feature a single 10mm dark grey matte plastic bezel as shown below.
One distinguishing feature of this monitor is the ‘248’ prefix which indicates the screen’s viewable area can be rounded to 24” rather than 23”. ASUS specifies a 23.8” panel size which is an IPS panel from LG Display only seen so far on this monitor and the LG 24EA53VQ. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 and response time given as 5ms grey to grey with configurable ‘TraceFree’ overdrive. The screen surface is thought to be of the light matte anti-glare variety; less grainy and allowing more vibrancy than many regular matte surfaces, including those used on older IPS panels. A WLED-backlight is used to give approximate sRGB coverage and 250 cd/m2 typical maximum brightness. A new feature introduced onto various 2013 models from ASUS and also included on this one is something called ‘VividPixel’. This can be set between 0 (off) and 100 (full) in increments of 25 and is designed to inject extra sharpness and saturation into the image which some users might enjoy.
The inputs include 2 MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) capable HDMI ports, VGA, 3.5mm audio input (line-in) and output (headphone jack). There are also some simple low-powered built-in stereo speakers. The screen provides tilt as the only ergonomic feature (20 degrees backwards and 5 degrees forwards), but the monitor can be VESA mounted as shown below. Other features to note, as seen at the rear, are that the control buttons of the monitor are tactile rather than touch-sensitive, placed at the back of the monitor.
Further information can be found on the official ASUS website. Some other related models are also mentioned on Energy Star’s website. Most interesting, we feel, is mention of a number of VN248Q models which feature DisplayPort. There is also a VN248QE variant mentioned – a possible successor to the VG248QE? The ‘main model’ is now available for around £180 in the UK (and Europe), $199 in the US and on other international markets.