ASUS MX259H Review: Budget 25-inch IPS Frameless Monitor

asus mx259h review

Are you looking for a gaming monitor that comes with some great technologies for graphics and sound, and that too, at a genuinely reasonable cost? If yes, then the Asus MX259H monitor can be the right choice. This is one of best monitors under 200 USD right now.

This is my first IPS monitor but its benefits are visible immediately. First things first, I used the ASUS Splendid feature to change the color mode to sRGB, which reduced the brightness to a normal level without affecting the colors. Then, I used the Trace Tree feature to reduce it, which made my display almost free of ghosting.

These were only initial calibrations I made and was then leaning back in my gaming chair to enjoy playing amidst those real looking scenes of foliage in Far Cry 3. It’s that easy to enjoy playing on this monitor!

Presenting: Flawless Build

The monitor has extremely even backlighting and has no dead pixels when unboxed. It is quite bright and needs calibration, just like other gaming monitors. There is also no backlight bleed issue with this monitor. Just a single screw is enough to attach the silver base, which is quite stable. Even if kick the desk, it is not going to tremble the ASUS MX259H monitor. Initially, it might not look solid but it is a sturdy aluminum piece nicely supporting the screen.

Presenting: Ergonomic, Ultra-slim, and Inspired Design

Well, I was pleased to see that this monitor is Good Design Award winner for its ergonomic and ultra-slim design with a robust sundial-inspired stand. The panel is tediously thin, residing at almost 2 cm. You will admire the edge-to-edge frameless screen with the bezels measuring only 0.8mmin thickness. Such a subtle but graceful design is further highlighted by a sundial-inspired stand. The display is the closest one with the panel thickness of around 1 cm at sides, and 1.5 cm atop.

In fact, at the thinnest point, it is only 15mm thick; which reduces space consumption. The outcome is a charming flush panel without any jutting out edges. Further, the subtle physical form is also great for pushing the monitor to the back of your desk. The screen boasts matte finish and anti-glare coating to keep reflection away and delivering a clear view even at different angles. Speakers are on the sides, while the ports are around the accessible rear.

Unlike several other monitors, the touch controls are perpendicular to the monitor, meaning they are beneath the bottom right side and not on it. This pattern of arrangement makes it easier to connect with peripherals and other monitors. Using the controls conveniently may take some time but they are highly responsive. The On-Screen display (OSD) is quite fluid.

Presenting: Lifelike and Flawless Picture Quality

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This is exactly where the proprietary contrast ratio of ASUS works wonders. Known as the ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR), the ASUS MX259H monitor has a native ratio of 80000000:1. This ratio determines the nature of the color that is visible.

With such a high ratio, the black appears darker and the white looks brighter. In simple words, the colors on this screen appear true to life to make the display immersive.

Another aspect contributing to the good quality of pictures is the AH-IPS A+ panel with a wide view at an angle of 178°. It works by minimizing the issue of color shift on the vertical plane and horizontal plane. Obviously, this adds to quality pictures from any direction and in any environment. Well, AH-IPS is the most modern IPS technology, aiming to deliver increased color accuracy as well as energy efficiency. These benefits are certainly appealing to any player or professional worker.

An IPS panel delivers a clearer and more immersive visual than an equivalent TN model. Still technically, the tradeoff can be in terms of the response time. Now, this is a concern when it comes to choosing a gaming monitor. The response time of this ASUS monitor is 5ms, which is a bit more than those 2ms models. Well, for me, this translated to joyful gaming minimal blurring or ghosting. While screen tearing can be an issue due to the absence of an adaptive sync technology, you still get vibrant colors and real look without flickering.

You also enjoy quick movements while watching sports and playing medium, fast-paced games, without losing any frame. Better viewing also comes by choosing one of the right preset models out of 8 on offer.

Presenting: Eye-friendly Technology

This is ensured by the ASUS Eye Care technology, embedded in terms of flicker-free rendering and ultra-low blue light in this amazing ASUS MX259H display. There is no need to doubt here, as this monitor has received TÜV Rheinland-certification for these two features. TÜV Rheinland laboratories is a global provider of services related to safety and technology.

The certified blue light filter saves your eyes from the damaging blue light. A hotkey dedicated to this filter makes it easy to access the filter settings. Further, no flickering means your eyes will no longer strain, even if you play or work on the monitor for a prolonged period. Thanks to the certified flicker-free technology that reduces the risk of strain and other damaging conditions.

Presenting: Premium Engaging Audio

Several popular monitors for gaming are popular but they are infamous for their mediocre speakers. However, this ASUS monitor ranks very well in this field thanks to the exclusive audio technology of SonicMaster. The technology unites advanced hardware and software for a highly refined acoustic experience. In simple terms, you enjoy crystal clear, lifelike surround sound, better bass, and clearer vocal distinction at a louder volume range.

It seems unbelievable as to how this slender monitor embeds powerful and bigger speakers for giving smoother output. There is also a built-in amplifier for better sound reproduction. So, now you get a superior sound quality with outstandingly stunning graphics. There is now no need to buy a new set of speakers.

Specifications

  • Screen: 25-inch Full HD LED with 1920 x 1080 resolution and frameless edge
  • Weight: 9.5 pounds
  • Backlight: LED
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Contrast Ratio: + Smart Contrast ratio of 80,000,000:1
  • Panel Type: IPS with anti-glare coating and matte finish
  • Viewing Angle:178° horizontally and vertically
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.288 mm
  • Response Time: 5ms Grey-to-Grey
  • Brightness: 250cd/m2
  • Color Depth: 16.7 million
  • Speakers: 2 x 3W Stereo RMS with Bang & Olufsen ICE power
  • Ports: 2 Dual HDMI, 1 VGA (D-sub), 3.5mm PC audio jack, and 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Stand:No VESA mounting support, tilting ability (5 to 20°)
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Security: Kensington lock
  • Eco-friendly and Energy Efficient: Yes, Energy Star
  • Certifications: BSMI, UL, J-MOSS, CB, VCCI, WEEE, C-Tick, WHQL, CCC, PSE, RoHS, cUL, FCC, GOST-R

What Customers Are Saying

Most customers on Amazon are happy to have a stable stand, minimalistic design, superb color reproduction, deepest black, even led lighting with little backlight bleed, good speaker quality, and dual HDMI input. What disappoints them is the slow response time, no height or volume adjustment, no wall mounting ability, and no display port or USB hub.

A customer has stated that the picture and colors are ideal and make the PS4 shine, as it runs maximum 1080p/60 frames. Similarly, another customer recommends this ASUS MX259H monitor to anyone, especially creative designers and Mac users looking for a sophisticated design and competent display.

Conclusion

Well, it is great to see such a form factor, advanced and powerful sound, and immersive graphics as very few 25-inch monitors in the market support this. It is obvious that you hardly get such a great combination in this range. Further, the technological features are something that can attack anyone’s attention while shopping.

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