The ASUS VX238H offers an extremely fast response time of 1ms considering its price. Moreover, excellent resolution and image quality make this monitor the best option for competitive gamers with a tight budget and those who are just starting their career as professional gamers. In fact, it’s a bit strange that this monitor isn’t marketed as a gaming monitor as it is perfect for FPS games. It has ultra-thin bezel colored in black but it’s also available in a white variant. Besides gaming, the monitor is also great for everyday use and watching movies as it has flawless image quality and various useful and exclusive features.
- 23 Inches Screen
- 1920×1080 Resolution
- TN Panel
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio
- Ports: 2xHDMI, D-Sub, DVI-D (via HDMI to DVI-D cable)
- 1ms G2G Response Time
- Brightness: 250cd/m2
- Aspect Ratio: 80,000,000:1
- Pixel Pitch: 0.2652mm
- Built-in Speakers (2x 1.5w Stereo RMS)
The ASUS VX238H display is made and packed with eco-friendly materials. It is mercury-free and its LED backlight panel is power efficient with usual power consumption of 28W and 0.5W in standby mode. ASUS also provides 3 years warranty and replacement for this monitor.
The ultra-thin black frame and circular but sturdy stand make the monitor pleasant to look at. The ports of the monitor are nicely placed on the back of the monitor giving you an easier way of connecting and concealing the cables.
Its 1ms response time offers flawless gaming experience with an expressive and fluid motion of fast moving objects always present in fast-paced FPS games. The low input lag will make sure that your mouse, keyboard, and controller command are instantly registered and displayed on the screen. These exclusive features of ASUS VX238H will give you the edge over your opponents in competitive games.
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) enriches your video game and movie watching experience as it adjusts the amount of luminance in too dark or bright areas. In games, you will be able to more clearly see objects in dark and gloomy areas while the movies appear more lifelike.
Concerning the native resolution of 1920×1080 of the ASUS VX238H and the pixel pitch of 0.2652 millimeters, you will be able to enjoy the image quality to the fullest. Pixel pitch is the distance between the center of one pixel to the center of another. The ratio of this monitor’s resolution and pixel pitch will allow you to enjoy the image in stunning clarity.
With two HDMI ports, you will be able to hook up both your PC and a gaming console. Additionally, you can connect compatible devices to the VGA port and gain Full HD picture with Blu-ray disc players. The DVI-D port is only possible via the included HDMI to DVD-D cable. Along with that cable, in the box, you will also receive VGA and audio cables, warranty card, quick start guide, power cable and adapter. The monitor is HDCP supported and Kensington Lock Slot secured. We will now move on with the ASUS VX238H review to things that users like about this specific cheap monitor.
What do users like about this product?
- ASUS EyeCare Technology
- Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
- ASUS Trace Free II Technology
- ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio
- QuickFit Virtual Scale Feature
ASUS EyeCare Technology allows you to work or play on your computer for hours without getting eye fatigue or irritations as you won’t encounter any screen flickering. Moreover, the screen is covered with a matte finish which won’t reflect any sunlight allowing you to fully immerse into gaming or working, even when the Sun shines the brightest.
Splendid Video Intelligence Technology includes six different presets from which you can choose depending on your activity on the screen. The presets include Scenery, Game, Theatre, Night View, sRGB and a Standard mode. By a few click via the monitor’s hotkey, you will be able to quickly navigate through these presets, choose the one you need and gain well-optimized sharpness, colors, brightness, and contrast for your desired watching activity.
Additionally, there’s an auto adjust feature available which will automatically set the preferred settings by a single press of a button, allowing you to enjoy beautiful image quality within minutes of unpacking the ASUS VX238H.
ASUS Trace Free II Technology offers stunning 1ms gray to gray response time and low input lag. This will make sure that you don’t encounter any ghosting or blurring of fast moving objects in games and movies. Competitive gamers can use this advantage to the fullest as in many FPS games it is absolutely mandatory to have fastest response time available. You will have far better visibility than other players with slower response time monitors which will make your kill score rise up faster and your gaming more pleasant and fun as everything will run buttery smooth.
Grey to gray response time means that when pixels are changing colors, they change from one shade of gray into another, rather than from black to white; thus eliminating ghosting. Although such change is invisible to the human eye, you will still want to have the fastest response possible as in competitive FPS games everything counts.
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio of stunning 80,000,000:1 and brightness of 250cd/m2 provide perfect picture even in the darkest and brightest scenes in games or movies. Such contrast ratio allows for better adjustment of backlight luminance which makes for clear visibility of objects in too dark or bright backgrounds.
QuickFit Virtual Scale is an exclusive ASUS feature which can be used to place virtual grids on the screen. These grids include frequently used formats for documents and images, making certain business related and everyday uses much easier to do. The dimensions for photos include 8×10, 5×7, 4×6, 3×5 and 2×2 inches. There’s an additional format for letters and the ability to align a grid over your screen.
What do users not like about this product?
- No VESA mount
- Lack of ergonomics
- TN’s panel viewing angles
- Clunky OSD buttons
The ASUS VX238H is not VESA mount compatible. In order to place the monitor on the wall, you will need to purchase a separate fitting adapter or you could do some tweaking and creative crafting yourself. Furthermore, the stand is not detachable which makes the monitor not quite ideal for displaying it on the wall.
This 60Hz monitor can be tilted by 25 degrees, however, it lacks other ergonomic functionalities. Nonetheless, its circular stand makes it easily swiveled if you need to rotate it and its great 23 inches size makes the lack of height adjustment rarely missed.
TN panels are known for their issues of viewing angles where colors would contrast and lose their tint when looked at from different angles. However, the viewing angles of 160° vertical and 170° horizontal along the monitor’s ability to be tilted, will allow you to comfortably watch movies while lying on the bed at decent distance and angle.
In contrast to TN panels, IPS panels suffer from occasional backlight bleeding but provide perfect viewing angles and more accurate colors but it makes them much more expensive. Still, for a very affordable price you will be able to enjoy beautiful image quality with great resolution and response time and easily manageable viewing angles.
The OSD buttons of the ASUS VX238H are placed underneath the screen and are a bit clunky to use but considering the ultra-thin bezel, they’re acceptable as the monitor wouldn’t look as nice if the buttons were right on the bezel. Once in the settings you will be able to quickly navigate and adjust your preferred options and won’t have to use the buttons anymore.
Some of the reviewers complained about the wobbly stand but we found the stand to be quite sturdy despite its looks. Additional complaints were referred to the speakers, but keep in mind that speakers on the monitor were always intended as a secondary accessory. The speakers aren’t visible on the screen and provide decent sound if you’ve no other choice. The ASUS VX238H monitor has an audio line in and headphones jack which will appeal more to the users than the built-in speakers, anyway.
Who is this product for?
This quite affordable monitor will mostly appeal to competitive FPS players who’re looking for a gaming monitor with 1ms response time that doesn’t cost much as 144Hz gaming monitors. People who just wish to watch movies and enjoy the everyday use of their computer will also be entirely satisfied with ASUS VX238H. However, professional designers and photographers who need accurate colors will have to pick another monitor with an IPS panel.
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ASUS VX238H Review
Design - 7.5/10
Display - 7.9/10
Performance - 7.9/10
Price/Value - 9.2/10
All in all, you will hardly find a better monitor for gaming than ASUS VX238H for under $200. It's a perfect size, has great resolution and picture quality and offers a surprisingly rapid response time of 1ms. Competitive and aspiring FPS gamers with a limited budget will not be disappointed. Additionally, it's great for everyday use and watching movies. Professional designers and photographer will, naturally, have to settle for a different monitor with an IPS panel such as VS239H-P which is also budget-friendly. This monitor is also available in a shiny white color - ASUS VX238H-W.