ASUS MX239H Review: Affordable Frameless 1080p Minimalistic Monitor

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The ASUS MX239H is an award-winning monitor thanks to its basically frameless design. The frame of the monitor is only 0.8mm wide and along its classy silver color makes for a beautiful and sophisticated monitor which is nice to look at even when it’s off. With the stunning image quality and color accuracy of an IPS panel along the high-quality built-in speakers, you will be able to enjoy in full multimedia experience.

  • 23 Inches Screen
  • 1920×1080 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 60Hz
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 5ms Response Time
  • Ports: 2xHDMI, D-Sub, DVI (via the HDMI to DVI cable)
  • Other Ports: Audio Line-in, Headphones Jack
  • Built-in Speakers: 2x3W
  • Contrast Ratio: 80,000,000:1
  • Brightness: 250cd/m2
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.2652mm
  • 7 million colors

The screen of this ultra-thin monitor is covered with a matte finish which gets rid of the sunlight reflection. The matte finish gives this already beautiful silvery monitor a touch of elegance to the modern look. Below the monitor are the touch-sensitive OSD buttons which can be used to adjust various usual settings and some unique ASUS exclusive ones including numerous already optimized presets, virtual grids and the TraceFree technology which reduces the amount of ghosting.

With only 14.5mm thin screen of the monitor and 0.8mm narrow bezels, the ASUS MX239H is ideal for multi-display. It’s very light and easy to move around, so if you need to change locations frequently you will have no trouble at all in doing so. The box in which the monitor arrives is very practical and can be reused if needed.

The IPS panel of this monitor meets all the requirements professional designers and photographers may need in order to do their work efficiently. Moreover, the viewing angles of 178 degrees both horizontal and vertical ensure pleasant viewing experience even if you have a lot of people in the room who are watching a movie at different angles and distance.

The ASUS MX239H has a response time of only 5ms which is impressive considering that it is an IPS panel monitor. Many TN panel monitors, which usually have faster response time but lower color accuracy, don’t have much faster response time than 5ms. This means that you will be able to enjoy in watching movies and casually playing video games without any blurring or ghosting of fast moving objects. Additionally, you may overclock the monitor up to 72Hz in your graphics card control panel.

The extensive connectivity of the ASUS MX239H will satisfy a wide and diverse range of its users. With two HDMI ports, you will be able to connect both your gaming console and a PC at the same time. Thus, avoiding the dull and frequent reconnecting and messing with cables.

ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio of 80,000,000:1 and the brightness of 250cd/m2 deliver amazingly crisp image quality with vivid colors. By adjusting the backlight luminance the picture gains sharpness and exceptional contrast in which black and white colors reach their most expressive tones.

The OSD menu is navigated by six touch-sensitive buttons with which you can use the QuickFit feature, auto adjust feature, choose between Splendid presets, select inputs and adjust volume and brightness. Once you’re in the menu you will gain access to all the common settings of the contrast, sharpness, brightness, saturation and other ASUS’ exclusive features.

The DVI port is only accessible if you connect it to the HDMI to DVI cable, which comes along with the purchase of the ASUS MX239H display. Besides that cable, in the box of the monitor, you will also receive a VGA and audio cables, a power cord and adapter, a quick start guide and a warranty card.

What do users like about this product?

asus mx239h review 2017

  • Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
  • ASUS SonicMaster Technology
  • QuickFit Virtual Scale Feature
  • TraceFree Technology

The Splendid Video Intelligence technology provides you with six already optimized presets which you can easily select using the monitor’s OSD touch-sensitive buttons, in order to gain the most comfortable viewing experience depending on your activity on the screen. These presets include Scenery, Theatre, Game, Night View, Standard and sRGB modes. In addition to these, you may also choose between four different color temperatures and three different skin-tones.

ASUS teamed up with the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower in order to create the perfect listening experience along with the viewing one. The 32mm in diameter speakers with built-in amplifier deliver sound like no other monitors do. Although they don’t surpass a standard set of speakers, for a secondary accessory they’re quite satisfactory. Additionally, the speakers don’t expand the power consumption as they usually do. The average power consumption is 33W and 0.5W in the standby mode.

The ASUS MX239H exclusive QuickFit feature allows you to place virtual grids on your screen. These grids are available in layout formats of a letter, A4 and various photo formats including 4×6, 3×5, 2×2, 8×10 and 5×7. By a few clicks in the OSD menu, you will be able to quickly and effortlessly format your documents and pictures. Whether you’re a professional photographer who benefits on daily basis from this function or not, it can still come in handy at some point.

TraceFree technology is an additional option which you can manually adjust to tweak the the monitor’s settings. This feature can be set on a scale from 1 to 100 and serves to eliminate ghosting. However, if you just crank it up to 100 you could encounter corona, which is similar to ghosting but with a bright light. So, keeping this setting at 50-60 will benefit you the most, but you should adjust it according to your own experience.

What do users not like about this product?

  • Touch-sensitive OSD Buttons
  • Lack of ergonomics
  • IPS Glow
The ASUS MX239H monitor has touch-sensitive OSD buttons that are placed beneath the monitor. While this may be a nice aesthetic feature, it can be a little difficult to navigate with. You may end up accidently pressing a QuickFit feature, for example, and then go through the trouble of disabling it while all you wanted to do is to change a preset.

This monitor can be tilted by 25 degrees, but other than that it lacks other ergonomic features such as height adjustment or the ability to be pivoted into a portrait position. The latter especially affects professional photographers who may need to view certain photos in the portrait version. Additionally, the ASUS MX239H IPS monitor is not VESA mount compatible, meaning that if you wish to place it on the wall, you will need to buy a fitting adapter.

In general, the IPS panel monitors are known for their issue of minor light bleeding at the edges of the screen. This is due to the amount of light that is allowed to pass through the panel, as it can turn into the glow. Since this isn’t a manufacturing defect but rather an unavoidable part of the technology it cannot be regarded as a drawback. Besides, the IPS glow is only noticeable in completely dark backgrounds while sitting in a dark room. In video games and movie you won’t be able to notice any undesired glowing.

In contrast to the TN panels, minor IPS panel glow is a tolerable toll to pay as in return you get excellent viewing angles which are a major issue in TN panels. With IPS monitors’ viewing angles you won’t experience any colors contrasting or losing their tint when you look at the screen from different angles and distance. Moreover, IPS panels offer more accurate colors which are needed by the professional designers while the TN panels have a quicker response time which is mandatory for competitive gamers.

Who is this product for?

The ASUS MX239H monitor is ideal for aspiring designers and photographs as they will benefit the most from the color accuracy of the IPS panel. However, casual gaming and everyday use of your computer will also appear much more detailed and vivid with this monitor. With its 5ms response time, IPS panel, various useful features, ultra-slim design and crisp picture quality this monitor delivers high quality for a reasonable price. Professional and competitive gamers will, however, need to look for a monitor with a TN panel and 1ms response time.

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