Asus is a well-known name in the world of computers for offering the best technology at reasonable prices. Their monitors are some of the best ones around. Asus offers its monitors in various sizes and resolutions. Asus has a monitor in all price ranges.
The Asus VB178D-J is their latest in the square LED series. It is powered by the ASUS SPLENDIDTM Video Intelligence Technology which Asus claims “carefully evaluates every pixel in every frame and dynamically adjusts them according to conditions most favourable to the human eye”. It is available priced at around Rs. 7,000/- in the online market.
KEY FEATURES / SPECIFICATIONS:
· Brand: ASUS
· Model: VB178D-J
· Series: Square LED
· Screen Size: 17.0" (43.2cm) 5:4
· Resolution: 1280 x 1024
· Viewing Angle: 170°(H) / 160°(V)
· Brightness: 250 cd/m2 (250 nits)
· Contrast Ratio: 50000000:1
· Response Time: 5 ms
· Display Colours: 16.7 million
· Display Type: LED
· Analog Signal Frequency: 30~83 kHz(H)/ 55~75 Hz(V)
· Digital Signal Frequency: 30~83 kHz(H)/ 55~75 Hz(V)
· D-Sub: 1
· Connectors: D-Sub
· Input Video Compatibility: sRGB
· Dimensions: 377 x 386 x 210 mm
· Weight: 5.1 kg.
· Power Consumption: <15W
· Power Supply: 100-240/50/60Hz
· Stand Adjustments: Tilt +20°~-5°
ü Excellent video performance.
ü Narrow frame design with great visual performance.
ü SPLENDIDTM Video Intelligence Technology.
ü User-friendly design.
ü Mercury-free LED-backlit panel.
û The almost square aspect ratio is not perfect for watching movies.
û Some apps and games may not be compatible with the almost-square display.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Asus VB178D-J Monitor
· VGA cable
· Power cord
· Quick start guide
· Support CD
· Warranty Card
The Asus VB178D-J is a square display mounted on a raised circular base which allows for 5° forward and 20° backward tilting angles. It is surrounded by a narrow frame thereby affording great viewing angles. The circular base is removable to allow for wall-mounting of the monitor.
The display panel is not reflective and reflections are not distracting at all. The key controls are conveniently placed below the display. They provide easy access to the monitor’s menu and other adjustable controls. It also features a Kensington security lock. The monitor comes in an attractive black matte finish and has a sleek design.
The Asus VB178D-J 17 inch LED Monitor is powered by ASUS SPLENDIDTM Video Intelligence Technology which evaluates and dynamically adjusts pixels according to conditions most favourable to human eyes. The Splendid Video Intelligence Technology optimizes video performance and image fidelity by enhancing color, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. Six present video modes (Scenery, Theatre, Game, Night View, sRGB, and Standard) can be selected via a hotkey.
It also features ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio) Technology which provides a high contrast ratio of 50000000:1. It can dynamically adjust contrast between black and white, and create sharper and brighter images, especially during video and movies. The almost square ratio is not an ideal one to watch movies as there will be big black bars above and below the video. Also, some games might not render correctly in this odd aspect ratio. The monitor displays 16.7 million colors and has a quick response time of 5 ms for delivering smooth video display.
It has a mercury-free LED-backlit panel which delivers crisp colours and deep blacks. The almost-square aspect ratio manages to give more real estate on the screen for productivity tasks that require more than one application open on the screen at one time. Even with all these features, the typical power consumption is less than 15W.
See Also: ASUS VX207 19.5 Inch LED Monitor Review
Overall, the Asus VB178D-J is a beautiful-looking competent monitor that works really well. It is jam-packed with useful technologies which all work together harmoniously to provide a smooth and polished user experience. Of course, not everybody will appreciate the almost-square aspect ratio of the monitor. But those who do will find that this monitor delivers beyond their expectations
· Performance: 4 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.