"A nice monitor for 2D/3D games on the xbox360"4.0 starson by los_lantis
-3 years warranty
-2x HDMI ports
-Built in stereo
Cons: -Initial settings are over pumped
-No way to adjust volume from the monitor
-Personal experience: This monitor (which Asus is going to replace) came with significant and higly noticeable backlight bleeding on the bottom left corner.
-A lil unstable
Summary: This is my first 3d and IPS monitor, and I had it for 5 days now, I use it mostly for gaming with my xbox 360 and I previously used an lcd TV.
It isn't easy to find an IPS monitor at this price with so many features: 2x HDMI ports and Built in stereo are great as you can easily set any device you want (althoug the monitor itself doesn't seem to have any kind of volume regulation).
Anyway I'll talk for what I know best = gaming. I'm no technician, but I've been playing any kind of online game on the 360 for 6 years, so I know what I'm talking about. The first thing you notice is that you can see many shades of colors you could hardly notice before, the blacks are really dark, and the overall picture quality is quite stunning. For what it might interest you it's present such a thing called "ghosting", but to me is worthless to even worry about as it won't affect your gaming experience in any way, even when playing FPS, and you have to posses a super human/machine sight to even notice it, so gosting = forget about it, really.
The monitor is very easy to set with the 360, as all the necessary options set automatically, when you start a game in 3d mode it's often in a mode called "side-by-side", and on 3d Tv's you'll have to go in the option menu and set this mode to see the game in 3d. Also some newer games auto set everything as you start the 3d mode (ex: Batman AC). Just remember that you'll need an 1.4 HDMI cable, which is the newest standard and it's high speed which is required for optimal 3D.
When setting the 3D mode one of the most important factor I've noticed for an optimal picture quality is the monitor position, and since it's very flexible this is another point at his favor. I've noticed the best picture quality for me was with the eyes centered on the monitor at the highest vertical angle.
Talking about games in 3D I've tried: Crysis 2, COD Black Ops , Batman Arkham City and Gears Of war 3.
- Crysis 3D wasn't anything exceptional, COD on the other hand was much better with a much more intriguing sense of depth, both were in side by side mode.
- Batman AC requires a special mention, as it is very easy to set on 3D (you just set the 3d option in the game's menu and it comunicates the monitor what to do)and it was really great. The picture quality is absolutely identical at the normal 1080p mode and the whole 3D experience just feels right. Also I noticed a much larger viewing angle compared to other games, and all te shapes were always as sharp as the could have been. This was the best Overall 3D game for me.
- Gears Of war 3 was also in side by side mode, and amongst all is the one wich had the deepest 3D, and it really impressed me. You can really see through objects and judge the disance from one another, the only problem is that, because of the nature of passive 3D technology and the size of the screen, the resolution in this particular game is reduced quite significantly, and you can't see sharp objects without a distortion effect. Still, great 3D effect.
For this I would say that the 3D experience is pretty much dictated by the content, and on the asus VG23AH it impressed me (again, this is my first 3D monitor).
Other games I played wich were not in 3D (ex Battlefield 3) compensated with stunning picture quality. And although it's stunning, the monitor initial setting's colors may have been over made, but the cinematic effect is still great.
One of the things I miss from having a TV is the remote control, as it was really much more comfortable to switch ports and adjusting audio without leaning towards the screen every time.
Also I watched some movies and still, great picture quality. I also tested the 2D>3D convertion on an episode of Lost, and although it wasn't great, it was "interesting" (notice that 2D>3D convertion isn't something you are really looking forward to).
Anyway it's a very nice monitor for Gaming, comes at a good price, and I have no problems recomending it over the LCD many people still have. If you already have an LCD/LED tv hower , and you want to switch only for the 3D and the IPS panel, you might want to think twice. As I said this monitor came with a high backlight bleeding problem which I noticed on the first day and I immediately contacted Asus for a replacement which I'm going to receive, so you might want to check it out. I just hope the replacement won't have the same problem.