ASUS MX239

Frame­less Beauty

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // SHARMINE ISHAK

Th­ese days, dis­plays are not only be­com­ing more stream­lined in de­sign, but bezels are also get­ting thin­ner. And that’s a good thing, es­pe­cially if you’re look­ing for some­thing that looks stylish, but doesn’t take up too much space on your desk. For trendy users look­ing for such mon­i­tors, ASUS has just un­veiled the all-new MX239, a dis­play that looks good and de­liv­ers strik­ing color clar­ity. We take a closer look at this new model.

Housed in a glossy black cabi­net, the 23-inch MX239 is sup­ported by a sturdy round base with an arm that can be tilted up to 25 de­grees; al­though it doesn’t of­fer height, swivel or pivot ad­just­ments. With no bezels on the side or top, ex­cept for a sliver of plas­tic hold­ing the panel in place, this mon­i­tor is classy and el­e­gant. The lower bezel is thick, how­ever, mea­sur­ing at nearly an inch and sport­ing a brushed me­tal fin­ish. Here, users will find the power but­ton and nav­i­ga­tion but­tons for con­trol­ling the mon­i­tor’s func­tions in­clud­ing pic­ture pre­sets, bright­ness, sat­u­ra­tion, as­pect ra­tio and sharp­ness. There is even an Eco mode set­ting.

In terms of dis­play hard­ware, this mon­i­tor is equipped with an AH-IPS (Ad­vanced High Per­for­mance In-Plane Switch­ing) panel that is ca­pa­ble of res­o­lu­tions up to 1920x1080, which is great for HD con­tent. More than just a screen, it also packs a pair of 3W speak­ers, which are co-de­vel­oped by Bang & Olufsen for users who want au­dio right out of the box.

For con­nec­tiv­ity, I/O ports are all lo­cated on the back of the mon­i­tor. For video, the MX239 is equipped with two HDMI ports and one VGA port. Au­dio-wise, there are two ports, one in­put for con­nect­ing au­dio from the PC for out­put via the built-in mon­i­tor speak­ers, and an­other for con­nect­ing head­phones; for use in pri­vate lis­ten­ing ses­sions.

When it comes to au­dio per­for­mance, the built-in speak­ers are loud and clear; per­form­ing well above aver­age, al­though they can be a lit­tle bright. They are good for ca­sual use; whether for watch­ing videos on­line or play­ing games, al­though we would still rec­om­mend con­nect­ing a pair of head­phones to the mon­i­tor or at­tach­ing ded­i­cated speak­ers for bet­ter over­all sound.

Vis­ually, the MX239 im­pressed us with its ex­cel­lent color re­pro­duc­tion, which is to be ex­pected from an IPS-based mon­i­tor. Reds and blues are vividly ac­cu­rate, al­though greens can be slightly over sat­u­rated. The strength of greens does not af­fect skin tones, how­ever, as we did not no­tice any in­ac­cu­ra­cies. Over­all, im­ages have well­bal­anced col­ors and look nat­u­ral, with no ghost­ing dur­ing fast­paced ac­tion scenes. Text was also crisp and smooth, while dark scenes in our test videos showed good con­trast and strong blacks.

A very ca­pa­ble IPS mon­i­tor, the MX239 has rich col­ors and strong con­trast ca­pa­bil­i­ties. With two HDMI ports, users can con­nect this dis­play to both, a con­sole and a PC at the same time, and en­joy a com­plete au­dio-video ex­pe­ri­ence out of the box with­out the fuss of com­plex set­ups.

The ASUS MX239 comes with two HDMI ports, one D-Sub port and two au­dio ports for in­put and out­put

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