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The power of wide

The power of wide
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First Published: Wed, Apr 11 2007. 12 00 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 11 2007. 12 00 AM IST
The ASUS VW192, one of the newest 19-inch flatscreen monitors in the market, is a good companion for most multimedia needs. A 19-inch monitor is not really necessary for normal use, but for multimedia needs like image or video editing, the extra space a 19-inch offers over a 15- or even 17-inch is considerable.
In case of the VW192, there are a few more features to entice the user. Such as the auto adjust facility that starts as soon as you power up the monitor. Taking in the ambient light conditions and the inherent settings on your computer, the monitor powers up to give you the best colour and resolution settings. This saves you time if you have a computer that maxes out the resolution at more than 1440x900.
We tried the VW192 using a direct serial connector on a Windows XP machine and a DVI to VGA adapter was employed to connect it to a Mac. The colour rendition on the Windows machine was superior than the Mac and to even fit in the higher-resolution Mac, it took some time and adjustment. The monitor also implements ‘Splendid Video Intelligence Technology’ that fine-tunes the colour, brightness, contrast and sharpness of images in different video applications, and offers five preset video selection modes via a hot key and three skin-tone options providing video quality comparable to the best TV sets.
The VW192 is a widescreen monitor with a 16:10 golden ratio and offers a wider viewing angle than most other monitors, making it well-suited for a variety of uses. The monitor also offers 5 milliseconds of response time, making it great for video viewing.
Adding to the package is the presence of two 1-watt speakers. Not much you would say, but in a monitor this sleek, they are barely noticeable. We had to really follow directions in the manual to find them. They are not meant for the audiophile, but they work well for alerts and basic purposes, eliminating the need for external speakers. So, you have already freed up space with a slim TFT monitor and, now, some more because the speakers are bundled. Not a bad deal.
The VW192 not only works well, but also looks good. It has a sleek black finish with the buttons so well placed below the screen that they can be a little tough to find at times. A small but important addition to the design is the cable holder to get rid of tangling cables and wires and keep desks neat. The monitor also sports a cover at the back that helps keep the cables and connections hidden from the naked eye. It may not seem important, but even when adjusting the view of the monitor, which can happen quite often, it’s a bonus not to entangle yourself in wires.
If you happen to be looking for a flatscreen, TFT widescreen monitor, the VW192 is definitely worth considering. There are many options, but the quality that this one displays is simply a cut above the rest.
Price: Rs 13,000 (plus tax)
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First Published: Wed, Apr 11 2007. 12 00 AM IST
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