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4.0 out of 5 stars First Review, 8 May 2013
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This review is from: Asus VS229HR 21.5-inch Widescreen IPS Monitor (1920x1080, 5ms, VGA, HDMI, DVI, Headphone Jack) (Accessory)
I am doing the review as noone else has done one so to aid others.

This is a e-IPS monitor using a 6bit+FRC panel. It isnt on the specs so mentioned it.

I have an existing e-IPS monitor to compare it against.

The existing e-IPS is a first gen e-IPS with a 8 bit panel, traditional backlight. This new asus uses the new LED backlights.

I put side by side the same computer game on both monitors. Also compared both for tv streaming.

Its fair to say FRC has clearly come a long way as the colours look much more superior and accurate on the asus VS229HR then I expected. The contrast ratio is superior to older LCD's because of the LED backlights, they allow better whites with darker blacks and its very evident compared to my older monitor.

It does come set too bright and vibrant tho, i changed it down to standard mode, contrast 75 brightness 65 and user mode color temp with smart view off.

The downsides that are evident are.

Stand is wobbly and with low non adjustable height, if its too low for you then will need to put on top of something to make it higher. However the stand is also light and easy to unattach.
The viewing angles are not perfect and even poor for an IPS, my older existing IPS has next to no loss of viewing quality off angle. The asus vs229hr has a dim bar that appears when standing up so off height, its nowhere near as bad as TN screens so still superior to TN but its not as good as my existing IPS screen.

With the cost at £120 this screen is very good value, its comparable to TN cost but far superior to TN. I picked the screen as my existing monitor only has 2 inputs (I now have 3 devices to use), my old screen also lacked a HDMI input and wasnt 1080p so i got this to sit alongside it and is currently used by my PS3. My older e-IPS was over £240.

So I hope others find this useful.
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