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 quality4

Main specifications

Screen size24.0in
Aspect ratio16:10
Resolution1920 x 1200
Screen brightness450cd/m2
Pixel response time2ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio3,000:1
Pixel pitch0.270mm
Horizontal viewing angle170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle160 degrees
Speaker typeStereo
Speaker power ouput4W
TV tunerno
TV tuner typeN/A

Connections

DVI inputs1
VGA inputs1
HDMI inputs1
DisplayPort inputs0
Scart inputs0
HDCP supportyes
Upstream USB ports1
USB ports (downstream)0
3.5mm audio input jacks1
Headphone outputyes
Other audio connectors3.5mm out

Accessories supplied

Other cables suppliedVGA, 3.5mm audio, USB

Power consumption

Peak power consumption130W
Idle power consumption2W

Image adjustments

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

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle5 degrees
Backward tilt angle20 degrees
Swivel angleN/A
Height adjustmentN/A
Pivot (portrait) mode?no
Bezel width25mm

Dimensions

Dimensions571 x 230 x 461mm (WDH)
Weight8.100kg

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