Asus Designo MS246H

The MS246H works well if you're trying to reach a certain design aesthetic — just be aware that with this aesthetic comes a lack of adjustability options and frustrating menu buttons.


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Design

We always fret when a company brings in a stylish monitor — the trend has been that the design is great, and the performance hideous as the manufacturer focuses on the pretty, and not the functional.

Hence when the rather attractive Asus Designo MS246H crossed our desks, we were ... apprehensive. The 23.6-inch, 1920x1080 recalls a panel PC — the type that sits on your desk, with no neck to speak of. The style in this case is due to the stand that props up the screen, a hollow circle that pivots so the screen has tilt adjustment. The mechanism works quite well, giving a surprising amount of granularity to the adjustments. If you find the circle isn't giving you enough support on the surface you've put the MS246H on, a clear plastic wedge can be attached to keep things a bit more stable.

While the back of the screen is a pearl white, the front is glossy black, with a white strip under the monitor itself. A big, concave button is featured on the right which is touch sensitive. When touched, it lights up with a power icon and the screen powers on. There are five unmarked circles to the left of this, which are revealed as touch buttons when the labels light up as you turn the screen on.

Problem is, they shortly disappear, leaving the user to guess which is which. There's no way to light the labels up again without hitting a button, and this doesn't just light up the labels for that first press; it treats it as a legitimate press of that button, resulting in the user accidentally changing settings just to see labels. Not very clever.

In the OSD, Asus' Splendid profiles are here as always — we've never been fans of preset image profiles, but it offers Standard, Theater, Game, Night View and Scenery Modes. Colour temperature is offered in Cool, Normal, Warm, sRGB and User modes, while the usual brightness and contrast settings are your remaining image manipulation options over a digital connection. Dynamic contrast ratio (which Asus calls ASCR, or Asus Smart Contrast Ratio) is turned off by default in standard, as is sharpness and saturation over a digital connection. Asus also allows tweaking to its Trace Free feature, essentially its response time accelerator, at five different increments should you run into any troubles. Aspect ratio control is also present, but there's no 1:1 mapping: only Full (stretch), 4:3 and Overscan.

The monitor accepts HDMI and VGA inputs, and has a 3.5mm out jack for sound that's transferred over HDMI — there are otherwise no other inputs apart from power, which a small external power brick is plugged into. Accessories-wise, Asus bundles a VGA cable and DVI to HDMI cable.

Performance

Being a TN-based panel, viewing angles aren't the greatest, with colours shifting to brown on the horizontal at around 45 degrees off from centre, and verticals shifting even more rapidly. Fast motion games and movies proved to be fine, while DisplayMate showed some surprisingly good gradients both in greyscale and colour. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 worked fine; however, the monitor was unable to play back Blu-ray movies on the PS3 when 24Hz output was enabled.

Ultimately, the MS246H works well if you're trying to reach a certain design aesthetic, and unlike other "designer" monitors it doesn't command a ridiculous price — just be aware that with this aesthetic comes a lack of adjustability options and frustrating menu buttons.

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kim
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kim posted a review   

The Good:slim, stylish,

The Bad:it has to0 co0l and asum result... :)

its really Luminous weapon base for gammers... i have been using this since last 3 months and enj0ying fast response games at high end resolution... 1920*1080p.......:) i should preffer to get this LCD...for gaming nd hd videos....

Trollhardy
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Trollhardy posted a review   

The Good:Price, slim design, one of the better TN panels

The Bad:Menu buttons go dark, trigger settings when woken up

Just unboxed and set it up. Running full 1920x1080 over old vga plug. Looks perfect. No drivers needed - resolutions just appeared in XP. Text looked a tiny bit blurry at full HD res on initial setup, but adjusting 'phase' in the menu to 100% made it perfect. Not a hint of softness now. You wouldn't have that problem over a digital plug like HDMI or DVI (depending on model) I think. For the money I'd say it scores a good 9 out of 10. Also, patterns and gradients look great - one of the better 6 bit panels.

 

JaTT posted a comment   

The Good:Superior DesgiN , Eye Candy , My gf loves da ring style stand

The Bad:1080p quality is shady,viewing angles r bad, never sits @ 90 Degree angle

da colors r okie but not the top 1080p quality. my samsung monitor got better crips picture.Bottom line if u just want a good looking moniter and don't care about picture quality too much just buy this one .
if u want better colors and want da same design asus LED monitor then you should be looking @ MS238H.its 23" but lot better and its all black.

archana
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archana posted a review   

ASUS MS246H is equipped with an innovative ring inspired stand that incorporates the Ergo-
Fit Technology for Easy angle adjustment with just a finger.

 

jane1010 posted a comment   

Will it work as an external for a macbook?

 

it geek posted a comment   

The Good:nice attractive design

The Bad:HDMI resolution problem, annoying control buttons

Their is problem with HDMI display, HDMI port cannot display full screen resolution.

 

it geeks posted a reply   

I found the problem, my video card not support it. I have changed to a higher performance video card and it fix it. In conlusion, you must be aware of the video card you using make sure to compatible with this monitor.

Shree
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Shree posted a review   

The Ultra-Slim Digital Visual Artpiece
Your eyes are drawn to its unprecedented design—a fusion between the contrast of black and white, and the harmonious relationship of a line and circle. In itself, it is a work of art that accentuates any living space.

 

KS posted a comment   

The Good:everything

The Bad:nothing

great no problems

KP
9
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KP posted a review   

The Good:Great specs,price,good resolution & great looks i like this & i m using this lcd right now......

The Bad:wall standing not good & some minor faults

over all this lcd is great,no dout.i this asus play good role right now,i like asus products & this lcd is great in all...............


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User Reviews / Comments  Asus Designo MS246H

  • kim

    kim

    Rating10

    "its really Luminous weapon base for gammers... i have been using this since last 3 months and enj0ying fast response games at high end resolution... 1920*1080p.......:) i should preffer to get this..."

  • Trollhardy

    Trollhardy

    Rating9

    "Just unboxed and set it up. Running full 1920x1080 over old vga plug. Looks perfect. No drivers needed - resolutions just appeared in XP. Text looked a tiny bit blurry at full HD res on initial set..."

  • JaTT

    JaTT

    "da colors r okie but not the top 1080p quality. my samsung monitor got better crips picture.Bottom line if u just want a good looking moniter and don't care about picture quality too much just buy ..."

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