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Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D-Capable Monitors Appearing on the Market

July 16th, 2010 · 20 Comments · General 3D News


It seems that Asus is finally joining the 3D monitor market too as it’s first 3D-capable monitors are starting to become available on the market with a price of around $500 USD which may be a bit high. I’m talking about the 23-inch Asus VG236H, a Full HD 120Hz monitor that can be used with the 3D Vision active shutter glasses to display 3D content. The bigger 27-inch Asus PG276H is expected to be available later this year, probably by the end of it and of course this model will also be using a fast 120Hz panel and will be capable of displaying 3D content with the help of active shutter glasses. But back on the Asus VG236H, it is already listed on Newegg with a price of $499.99 USD with Free Shipping and 3D Vision glasses bundled. Checking the global Asus website reveals that there are two variations of the monitor – VG236H and VG236HE, although they seem to be exactly the same, so it just might be the same product, but for different regions named differently…



Specifications of the Asus VG236H monitor:

Panel Size: 23″ (58.4cm) Wide Screen 16:9, TN
Native Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
Pixel Pitch: 0.265 mm
Brightness(Max): 400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio (Max.): 100000:1 (dynamic)
Viewing Angles (CR≧10): 170°(H) /160°(V)
Response Time: 2 ms
Video Inputs: Dual-link DVI-D (support NVIDIA 3D Vision), Component (YPbPr), HDMI
Power Consumption: < 60W operating, < 2W in standby
Monitor stand: tilt +15°~-5°, swivel and height adjustment
Dimension (WxHxD): 550.2x419.5x250mm
Weight: 7 kg

Looking through the specs of the monitor you’ll probably notice that it has 400 cd/m2 maximum brightness and 100000:1 dynamic contrast, another interesting thing about it is the fact that it is apparently a glossy display (not matte display), unlike all others already on the market. If it being with a glossy is a good or bad thing is yet to be seen and I hope to be soon able to test the monitor myself… on and yes the monitor has a height adjustable stand… ;)


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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dave G. // Jul 16, 2010 at 23:22

    It would be worth trading in my Acer monitor for the 27″ Asus when the time comes, even if the resolution and other performance metrics (e.g. ghosting) remains constant.

    I think we still have a while before this segment of the monitor market comes of age. For instance, it doesn’t look like there is any way near-term to pull off higher resolutions with the limitations of dual-link DVI.

    Nor is there any end in sight to the ghosting/crosstalk issue for LCD monitors unless new approaches are applied (perhaps IPS monitors wouldn’t suffer as much as TN). But, again, there is no indication that anything like this is even in the pipeline, as far as what is publically known.

    The big Panasonic plasma TVs appear to be the only truly ghost-free solution available for a while.

  • 2 StarKnight // Jul 16, 2010 at 23:53

    Plasma is the only solution to ghosting (although I’ve noticed a little of it even on Panasonic TVs), unfortunately it seems there is no way to reduce cells size so a 23” or 27” would be unfeasible :-(

    LCD panels so far are all (including TVs) 60Hz panels overdrived to switch at 120Hz but with all the problems we sadly know (burnt colours, ghosting and so on).

    IMHO 3D at home is still very far from an acceptable quality.

  • 3 arnoldschwartz // Jul 17, 2010 at 00:04

    they need to make 120hz specific displays, that can switch in the required 8ms without overdrive, and also dont “sweep scan”, instead perform a buffered whole frame update
    long ways to go yet…

  • 4 josh // Jul 17, 2010 at 00:11

    sounds great! i might have to retire my aw2310 monitor for this glossy monitor (if the glossy turns out to be better looking)

  • 5 Rhialto // Jul 17, 2010 at 01:56

    The day they will refreash a screen all at once and NOT from top to bottom like CRT it will be a lot much better.

    See : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAQh6bREFqM

    I really don’t undersdtand why they have to refresh from top to bottom on a LCD whhile I believe they should be able to send the data to the full screen then make the switch and send the next full frame and make the switch.

  • 6 Nafi // Jul 17, 2010 at 12:02

    Can’t wait for Bloody to start testing this screen. :)

  • 7 Ardov // Jul 17, 2010 at 13:12

    @Rhialto, that would increase the cost at extremely high levels. The controller inside an LCD screen works in serial mode, refreshing the pixels from top to bottom. Now, imagine a screen which refreshes the whole image instantly. That would require a different approach using a parallel microcontroller which refreshes all pixels at a given moment. That means, hard or even impossible to implement circuitry (each subpixel with its own circuit – we are talking about millions of circuits) and highly advanced chipsets with multiple controllers. Manufacturers have reached the limit of LCD technology according to my opinion. It’s time to move on to new display technologies.

  • 8 arnoldschwartz // Jul 17, 2010 at 23:35

    BRING ON SED !

  • 9 0mni // Jul 18, 2010 at 07:02

    I saw one of these at a lan party couple of weekends ago, the glossy made it look prettier than my alienware 120hz. But the price is a hell of a lot more, I think he quoted 600-700+ AUD while my alienware was only $450~ from dell.

  • 10 Dallas // Jul 18, 2010 at 09:15

    Is this monitor HDMI 1.3, 1.4, or two DVI. I just want a computer monitor that is compatible with the PS3 and my computer. The picture only shows one DVI…..so maybe it will work?

  • 11 arnoldschwartz // Jul 18, 2010 at 10:48

    all 3d vision monitors are dual link dvi only for the 120hz mode, they dont have a controller compatible with hdmi 3d

  • 12 wulf 21 // Jul 18, 2010 at 22:37

    well, I used the function of the ASUS website to compare the VG236H and VG236HE, looks like the only difference is that one comes bundled with the 3D Vision kit, the other without.

  • 13 wulf 21 // Jul 18, 2010 at 23:28

    To the whole screen refresh discussion: I don’t think refreshing all the pixels really at the same time wouldn’t be necessary. As far as I understood it, the pixels are currently refreshed at the same pixel-rate as the data is sent to the monitor. Maybe the next frame could be buffered and then the actual refresh be done at a much higher pixel-rate? Of course the 3D Vision driver would need to time the shutter glasses differently then. Otherwise the screen would have to buffer 2 whole frames first to stay synchronized which would increase the response time.

  • 14 Rhialto // Jul 19, 2010 at 05:41

    If monitor refresh from top to bottom but the shutter glasses are instant on/off (and from what I know, not 100% off) then there is a problem, no?

  • 15 arnoldschwartz // Jul 19, 2010 at 12:08

    they already buffer the frame…otherwise the top/down refresh would take much longer than it does now, and overdrive wouldnt work, neither would scaling of lower res…
    similar to plasma, each pixel is addressed by its X and Y line, and crossing both generates an electric field around that pixel, so you apply the voltage serially to each X/Y combination there is.
    having separate wires for each pixel would be just ludicrous

  • 16 arnoldschwartz // Jul 19, 2010 at 12:17

    for more information, go to http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/lcd4.htm

  • 17 Ahmed // Jul 26, 2010 at 14:04

    actually mate the difference between VG236HE and VG236H is that the latter comes with Nvidia 3D vision kit and the first one doesn’t come with any, so in the case you want to purchase another monitor you don’t have to buy the one with the 3D vision kit.

  • 18 Ahmed // Jul 26, 2010 at 14:04

    Oh and here is my resource

    http://www.asus.com/Search.aspx?SearchKey=VG236H

  • 19 what is the price in india , where is the available shops in hyderabad // Jul 27, 2010 at 09:02

    very nice

  • 20 Elessar // Aug 12, 2010 at 19:46

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3842/asus-vg236h-review-our-first-look-at-120hz/1

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