Asus MK241H review

£336
Price when reviewed

Asus’ premium MK241H is a monitor that wants to do it all. It comes with a decent set of 2W speakers, a 1.3-megapixel webcam integrated into the top of the bezel, along with a dual-mic setup for superior quality, a choice of HDMI or DVI inputs to suit your needs, and even a headphone port for gaming when everyone else is asleep.

Asus MK241H review

It’s undoubtedly a gamer’s TFT, with ludicrously oversaturated colours that make Crysis look like nothing we’ve ever experienced. It has a strong red push, which makes brightly lit movies look stunningly warm – our HD clip of Cars really jumped out at us – and it’s certainly noticeable that its 450cd/m2 brightness rating is the highest in this Labs.

Darker scenes in movies don’t fare so well, though, with shadows becoming murky and people looking like they’re permanently blushing. The desert sand in one of our test photos appeared orange, and our greyscale gradient ramps showed purple and green tinges, as well as some banding.

That’s easy to fix, thanks to the simple and clear OSD, and for once we did actually see merit in a couple of the preset picture modes. The dynamic contrast (boosting it to 3,000:1) is less intrusive than many we’ve experienced, and we got the best results by switching to User colour mode and tweaking things manually.

When we first saw the MK241H we were delighted by its strengths, but the launch of Samsung’s SyncMaster 2493HM at a very similar price unfortunately steals a lot of Asus’ thunder. Gamers will love it, but for others the Samsung is a far more rounded TFT for the cash.

Details

Image quality 4

Main specifications

Screen size 24.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1200
Screen brightness 450cd/m2
Pixel response time 2ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 3,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.270mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type Stereo
Speaker power ouput 4W
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 1
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 1
Headphone output yes
Other audio connectors 3.5mm out

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA, 3.5mm audio, USB

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 130W
Idle power consumption 2W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings Cool, normal, warm, sRGB, user
Extra adjustments Picture modes, trace free, saturation, sharpness, input select, volume, aspect ratio, OSD language, position, timeout, info, reset

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle N/A
Height adjustment N/A
Pivot (portrait) mode? no
Bezel width 25mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 571 x 230 x 461mm (WDH)
Weight 8.100kg

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