NVIDIA 3D Vision w/ ASUS VG236HE 3D Display Review

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In some cases, making a decision on a brand of component to go with is rather difficult. With ASUS being a major well respected company when it comes to enthusiast-class gaming, and offering a 120hz 3D Vision ready LCD the decision was simple. The ASUS VG236HE is a 23″ 1080p 120hz 3D Vision ready LCD at a great price. 
ASUS VG236HE Product Specifications:

  • 23″ (58.4cm) 16:9 Wide Screen
  • 1920×1080 Native Resolution
  • 400 cd/m2 Brightness
  • 100,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • 170°(H) /160°(V) (CR≧10) Viewing Angle
  • GTG 2ms Response Time
  • 120Hz Refresh Rate
  • HDCP Support
  • Dual-link DVI-D, Component (YPbPr), HDMI Inputs
  • Swivel, tilt and height adjustments

The ASUS VG236HE is a 120Hz LCD monitor that is required for flicker-free stereoscopic 3D gaming. In combination with the 3D Vision kit, this gives 60Hz per eye when in 3D mode. On paper this appears to be an excellent monitor, and in many ways is just that. The color accuracy once calibrated is quite good for a TN panel, and did better than expected placed next to an Apple Cinema Display in this regard. Before calibration however there were some large variances due to the VG236HE being a high-brightness display designed for 3D gaming. The added brightness is greatly appreciated when in 3D mode however, as the 3D Vision active shutter glasses block some of the light. Add to all of that the assortment of input’s, both digital and analog and it just gets even better.

One thing that sets this screen apart for better or worse is that it has a glossy screen, instead of the more typical matte screen used on most monitors. While the vibrant colors and brightness due to this surface were wonderful, the reflections and glare during the day were an issue at times. This tends to be a personal preference however, and following NVIDIA’s recommendations you should use 3D Vision with little to no external light in a dark room for best results. My only other complaint about this monitor is the lack of a pivot adjustment. While not used for the intended purpose of this screen, it would increase the usefulness of this monitor in day to day use greatly.

Given that most of my complaints on this monitor are personal preferences, this is an excellent monitor for 3D gaming and should definitely be considered when looking into purchasing this type of setup. With a street price of around $320 shipped, the ASUS VG236HE is a great price for a 23″ 120hz 3D ready display.

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