The Asus VH242HL-P is one of only two monitors we tested with a stand that tilts, swivels, and is height-adjustable. The 23.6-inch display is based on a six-bit TN panel with FRC and a native resolution of 1920x1080.
The monitor’s default setting prevents changes to brightness and contrast, so we switched to User Mode to tune the monitor when using DisplayMate. Red, green, and blue were all set to 100 percent here, but the entire display nonetheless over-emphasized blue. We also ran into a problem with the gamma measurement test, which indicated a serious color-tracking error. We finally put the monitor into sRGB mode and sacrificed brightness control in the interest of color accuracy.
Call us old-fashioned, but we like the reassuring tactile feedback that the Asus VH242HL-P's mechanical switches provide.
The VH242HL-P exhibited a nicely uniform black level with very little backlight intrusion, but we observed blooms of intensity in the corners and in the middle of the screen while displaying high-intensity blue and cyan as well as low-intensity green. Compared to the rest of the field, DisplayMate’s high-resolution digital photographs looked markedly more subdued on the Asus display. But the VH242HL-P did a spectacular job of displaying text; even nine-point serif fonts were clearly legible.
We didn’t encounter any dead or discolored pixels in our review, but buyers should note that Asus’s three-year warranty kicks in only if there are more than five of the former or three of the latter.