Summary: I bought this monitor to replace the 17" LCD in our computer room. I wanted a larger desktop so I could view documents side by side, and play my X360 at night without disturbing the family. This is a copy of the review I posted on the 'egg in June '09. While the review basically stands the same today, keep in mind the LCD market is always changing so what was competitive in 2009 will be less so in 2010.
Summary: The brightness and clarity compare favorably with the monitor I purchased with the Dell Dimension 4500 several years ago. The major problem with the ASUS VH226H is that all of the people and scenes are stretched horizontally and there does not seem to be an adjustment for this wide screen. I would appreciate any help with this and would have not purchased it had I known what it would do to images. It does, however, show DVDs at normal widths. So I can live with it.
Summary: I like this monitor, displays HD movies and good for gaming as well. I have two 24'' monitors. Comparing this to my Acer G24, I still prefer the color on G24 because they are different in depth. For example the green on the Asus monitor has a slight more yellowish feel compared to my G24 while gaming in Warcraft III DoTA. But, just a matter of personal color preference. This monitor is awesome anyways!
Summary: I used to have another 1080p 22 inch monitor but it was VGA input only, so I wanted to have a digital signal and the HDMI for my DVD. The other monitor that I had is so cheap that is not even sold on the States (AOC F22) and to be honest with you, I think I like the other one more, is just that this one is so brigh and has so much color that I still don't get used to.
Summary: I just returned mine for the sleep mode issue and got a Acer H243H . It was a little more $$ (I also got the 24" model) but what a difference in quality. Sensor touch menus, pic quality, packaged better, etc Here was my Sleep Issue with ASUS: When I shut down my computer (turn completely off) the monitor goes to sleep mode (amber light)....after about a minute, the light turns blue and message "DVI No Signal" comes on and off..I'm using DVI connection.
Summary: I have used many different monitors over a couple of decades using PC computers. My first one, was very crude by today's standards. This HDMI ASUS VH226H is a 21.5" monitor that has it all from full 1920x1080 hdmi, to DVI, to a d-SUB vga and a modest audio. There is a earphone jack provided too. I never purchase monitors for a speaker and these are just a last stop choice for audio that is most likely a 5.1 speaker output system on most computers these days.
Summary: Very large screen area and high resolution for the price. Contrast ratio is pretty awful, so I wouldn't suggest it for games (at least not any games that have shadows). Very few people seem to wind up w/ dead/stuck pixels, but Asus does not appear to have a zero tolerance dead-pixel policy for this monitor. So anyone who does get one w/ dead/stuck pixels (like me) is pretty much out of luck as far as a manufacturer's warranty goes.
Excellent product. Not sure about their rebate program.
Manuel Guzman "pidge", Amazon
29 May 2009
Summary: (Intro)I have a two year old and as such, I can't play some of the more violent video game console titles that I used to before he was born . Either my son is awake and so I can't have him see me fight aliens and world war II enemies or he is asleep and so the sound of the game is too loud that it will wake up while he is taking his nap.