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