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As for connectivity, the PW191 is equipped with both a D-SUB and DVI-D port together with a line-in jack to feed the display’s unsurprisingly tinny and mediocre 2W stereo speakers. A headphone jack is also situated next to the line-in, but one mounted in a more accessible position would have been preferable. The other gripe is the external power brick. It’s a personal thing, but I like my work area clear of clutter, so this addition on top (or below) my desk is an unfortunate feature. All the ports are hidden behind a small removable cover and unlike some manufacturers, Asus is to be congratulated for supplying all the necessary cabling.
With a high degree of adjustability, and a reasonable feature-set what were those two aspects I referred to earlier? Well it’s all to do with the panel itself. First, it’s a glossy one, which Asus refers to as the “Color Shine glare-type” panel. I love that name as it makes no attempt to disguise the affect of this type of LCD optical filter. Colours are made to “shine” through – not necessarily accurately – but it definitely enriches the colours. And while most manufacturers try to emphasise the anti-glare properties of their LCDs, Asus says it’s a “glare-type” panel – and believe me, in all but the darkest of rooms the PW191 is a reflection-phile. Still, it all comes down to how you use your monitor. This shiny optical filter does give the PW191 a certain CRT/TV-type look and gamers/movie watchers tend to like the enhanced vibrancy. However, image editing professionals tend to despise the reflections.
The other aspect is all to do with resolution. Natively, the PW191 has a resolution of 1,440 x 900 pixels. Now if you’re looking to upgrade, most of us want more desktop real estate in which to work in. However, this resolution doesn’t do it for me unless you really want widescreen and don’t mind a restricted vertical working space.
With only 900 pixels in the vertical plane (assuming you’re working in a landscape orientation), I find the PW191 quite simply too narrow and in fact a downgrade from a 17in or 19in LCD with 1,024 vertical pixels. Most of us work in an up/down fashion and in my opinion the less vertical scrolling I do the better. As such the PW191 is a victim of its own resolution, but its saving grace is its pivot function.