Impressions and Subjective Analysis

Packaging for the VG246H is definitely a step above the drab cardboard boxes all my other monitors have come in, but honestly it’s probably not going to be something you keep around. Still nicely done though.

Inside is lots of styrofoam - the 3D Vision Kit comes cleverly nested in a small recessed area off to the right and gets protected the same way as the display. Carefully placed inside is the display itself, the monitor base, a few accessories bags for cables, a manual and getting started guide, and the warranty.

Assembling the display is easy, but not quite as polished of an undertaking as the other stands I’ve used. You lay the display flat on a desk or table (which is a bit scary, since you could scuff or scratch the important bits you're going to be staring at), and then screw the base into the display arm using a supplied nut which folds down, letting the assembly rotate.

That screw there holds the arm to the base.

The part that’s scary is releasing the height adjustment lock, which is literally a pin jammed in the mechanism, preventing the spring loaded height-adjustment arm from extending. There’s an awesome diagram in the manual which pretty much says it all.

There’s also a yellow warning sticker right above where the pin is too. Thank goodness. Seriously, pull that pin out carefully, and only when you’re ready, or the monitor base will literally smash into your chest, or... other sensitive bits like that diagram above. Not fun.

Other display arms also usually have a height lock with a button of some kind, locking the display in its lowest height position. That makes it easy to transport the whole display assembly without having the base extended all the way and hitting your knees the whole time. Unfortunately, the VG236H lacks one of those - pick the display up, and the base will be sticking all the way out in its maximum extended position. Honestly, this is is the only truly major oversight on the entire display that I have some issue with.

The nice part about the display base however is that it swivels 150 degrees in each direction, which is awesome. The stand also tilts, and you get about 4 inches of height travel.

Tilt: -5 degrees to15 degrees

To be honest, the display arm feels a bit flimsy, but gets the job done just fine. The assembly is nicely balanced as well, not requiring much force to rotate, tilt, or adjust height. There’s no locking mechanisms for any of those three axes of adjustment, however. 

Height Travel

Again, most of the monitor’s plastic bits that face you are glossy plastic, and do show fingerprints. Curiously enough, the back of the display is standard textured matte plastic. I’m left wondering why the whole thing couldn’t be this way. The base of the display is also glossy, as is a bit of the height adjustment arm.

There’s a cable guide on the back, if you use those.

Additionally, the display is VESA mount compatible (the arm it ships with is screwed in there), so you can roll your own stand if you choose like I usually do.

Overview and Specifications Controls, OSD, and Viewing Angles
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  • mino - Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - link

    .. reasonable 1920x1200 ..
  • dingetje - Saturday, August 7, 2010 - link

    I will immediately get one....when 1920 x 1200 models are available.
    A 1920 x 1080 screen is just not acceptable for me, even when it's 120hz goodness.

    Looking forward to more 120hz screen reviews....thx
  • Taft12 - Saturday, August 7, 2010 - link

    How long can you hold your breath? I don't think 1920x1200 is coming back on the market ever again.
  • ZoZo - Sunday, August 8, 2010 - link

    You may have to wait a long time.
    It appears that 16:10 is being abandoned.
  • DarkUltra - Sunday, August 8, 2010 - link

    For now, yes but if there is a market for it it will hopefully return. The 23" 16:9 we have at works is just too wide for me; the 1920x1200 24" my father have is really much higher, it can fit an entire Windows 7 double-sized task bar and a ribbon menu more than 1080.
  • martin5000 - Saturday, August 7, 2010 - link

    16:9 is absolutely horrible for computers. Its so disappointing that this is the current trend.

    Glossy is also terrible, maybe the colours do look a bit more vibrant, but at the cost of not actually be able to see the screen unless you're in the perfect light conditions, no thanks!
  • medi01 - Saturday, August 7, 2010 - link

    I second that. Basically it's all about marketing:

    1) glossy screens probably look better in shops
    2) X inches monitor with 4:3 ratio has 12% more pixels than 16:9 => it's cheaper to produce
  • Mr Perfect - Saturday, August 7, 2010 - link

    I imaging that being able to put "FULL 1080P HD!" on the box doesn't hurt sales either.

    So, to recap, change this into a 16:10, matte finish, IPS panel.
  • BansheeX - Sunday, August 8, 2010 - link

    You're both nuts. No aspect ratio inherently gives more resolution than any other. Case-in-point, 3200x1800 is a 16:9 resolution that is much higher than 1600x1200 (4:3) or 1920x1200 (16:10). The reason 1920x1080 is so common for 16:9 is mainly the result of established manufacturing processes and 1:1 scaling of HD material.
  • Quidam67 - Sunday, August 8, 2010 - link

    I genuinely don't understand why some people are showing such a strong reaction against 16:9 monitors. I must be missing the point, or is it really just the slightly different aspect ratio + slightly less pixels that has them all worked up?!?

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