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ASUS VA249HE Eye Care Monitor with Full HD VA panel

As this weighty thread on our forum demonstrates, this is considerable interest in monitors that are comfortable to use for extended periods of time. The vast majority of models have now adopted flicker-free backlight, with additional features such as Low Blue Light (LBL) settings designed with viewing comfort in mind. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback about VA models such as the BenQ GW2470H when it comes to viewing comfort. The ASUS VA249HE is a similar product in most respects and is specifically marketed as an ‘Eye Care Monitor’. Aesthetically it is unfussy, with matte black plastic used extensively (no glossy fingerprint magnets materials). The bezels are single-stage and quite slim, without a significant panel border – what you see is what you get, in other words. The bottom bezel is thicker and has a brushed texture to it. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by downwards-facing pressable buttons, towards the right. There are front-facing white printed buttons labels.

An unfussy front

The monitor uses a 23.8” 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) VA (Vertical Alignment) panel, more than likely the AU Optronics M238HVN01.0 AMVA+ (Advanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment ‘Plus’). This is accompanied by a 60Hz refresh rate, 3000:1 static contrast and 178°/178° viewing angles. As explored in our panel types article, you can expect colour consistency and viewing angle performance to be somewhat weaker than models with IPS-type panels that may specify similar viewing angles. A light matte screen surface is employed, keeping the screen free from obvious ‘smeary’ graininess, and true 8-bit colour is supported without FRC dithering. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used (~sRGB colour gamut) to enhance viewing comfort, with an adjustable ‘Blue Light Filter’ LBL control featuring to further aid this. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified (as usual, approach with caution), whilst adjustable Trace Free pixel overdrive is included for some flexibility in terms of the pixel responsiveness. The ‘GamePlus’ on-screen crosshair and timer also features on this model.

The rear of the monitor includes 100 x 100mm VESA holes, allowing you to mount the monitor to a more flexible stand or mount that is compatible with that mounting standard. The included stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility. The ports are down-firing and include; a few basics; AC power input (internal power converter), HDMI and VGA. There is also the VA249NA which offers DVI-D instead of HDMI. Given the specifications and the straightforward passive conversion between HDMI and DVI, this isn’t a particularly critical difference. There is also a K-Slot outside the port area.

An unfussy rear

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Currently no price or release date is set. We will bring you further news on this model when we have it and might consider a review if a sample can be made available.