Asus MX239H Review


Think Twice

The MX239H is a decent monitor in general, but we read reports about breakdowns within a year. This display also has trouble with darker grays, which appear black. Recertified models are available for about $165.

The MX239H display from Asus has some good features and performs well enough, according to reviews, but not without caveats. An expert review in PC Mag says the Acer MX239H produces rich colors (although greens seem a little oversaturated), skin tones appear natural, and text looks crisp and sharp. This is an IPS display, so there are no problems delivering wide viewing angles, and the 5-millisecond response time is quite fast for this display technology. And yet, the Acer MX239H review harps on the MX239H's grayscale performance. Light grays look fine, it says, but dark grays appear to be solid black. Another shortcoming, and somewhat odd at that, is physical menu buttons that are overly sensitive. The expert who tested the display reports that it's easy enough to accidentally skip past the desired menu option.

Acer MX239H reviews posted at user-generated sites such as Newegg likewise consider the buttons to be touchy. Some also complain that their monitors broke down within a year, even as many assert the color is fantastic, the backlight is bright, and there's no noticeable ghosting or lag.

This is a 23-inch IPS monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution. It boasts a 5-millisecond gray-to-gray response time, brightness of 25 cd/m2, and two 3w speakers. The display's connections include two HDMI ports and a VGA port; connecting the monitor to a DVI connection requires an HDMI-to-DVI cable.

The MX239H (starting at $200, Amazon) is a decent display, but doesn't handle darker grays as well as others in the budget class, so its contrast ratio is below par. The super-sensitive menu buttons will bother some buyers, although most users don't deal with those buttons very often. Reports about displays breaking down within a year are more disconcerting. With a price tag just at the Cheapism cap of $200 and stronger competition, these weak points matter.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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