Asus is trying hard to promote its LCD monitor line up in India. However, it's not going to be an easy task with veterans like Samsung, LG and Viewsonic, which are household names here, and the growing popularity of BenQ and Dell. The mid-range and entry-level market is already saturated but sales are currently at an all time high. On the other hand the high-end segment still looks a little bleak due to low demand for 24-inch monitors and above.
Today we have the recently launched Asus VK266H LCD monitor measuring 26 inches diagonally (25.5 inch to be precise). This is targeted at those who want a large screen for movies and games but don't want to spend too much. There aren't many 26-inchers available in India; in fact Viewsonic and AOC are the only two brands that come to my mind. This means Asus has room to play around with the pricing.
Let's check out the main features before we get to the build and design.
Like any 24-incher and above, the native resolution is 1920x1200 with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The pixel pitch is 0.287mm, same as a 24" monitor but since the screen size is a little more, text is easier to read and you don't have to strain your eyes. The panel used here is a TN in order to keep costs down but may not be a good choice when it comes to picture quality and viewing angles. Response time is a low 2ms (gray to gray) with a static contrast ratio of 1000:1 (20000:1 DCR) and maximum brightness of 300 candelas.
What sets this monitor apart is the assortment of connectors, integrated speakers and built-in webcam.