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Whereas 24in displays were once the preserve of well heeled enthusiasts, cheap 24in, 16:9 aspect TN based panels have made them more affordable and accessible to regular consumers. Asus' VW246 monitor is yet another addition to this category, so let's see how it holds up.
Like most budget displays these days, the VW246H comes in two parts, the base and monitor-plus-stand, which simply click together. The design is essentially the same as that of the Asus VW223B we reviewed last year. This means that (as usual) you get a glossy black bezel, though the display's back and base are matte, with the latter sporting a ripple-texture surface.
At a mere 16mm thick, the bezel on the VW246H's is nearly as thin as that of its smaller sibling - except at the bottom where it is 25mm to incorporate the monitor's controls. Small icons above the controls make them very easy to recognise and while the tiny blue LED on the power button can't be turned off, it's unobtrusive enough not to matter.
Overall, the VW246H is a functional but largely unimaginative piece of styling that won't offend but won't excite either. If it's a little panache you're after the likes of the Samsung monitor range, or perhaps the BenQ V2400W, will be of more interest.
Triple video inputs are pretty much par-for-the-course these days and the VW246H doesn't disappoint, offering HDMI, DVI and VGA. There's a rudimentary clip at the back of the stand for cable management, which is no more fragile than usual. Not as much of a given is a 3.5mm stereo output in addition to the usual input, allowing you to hook up external speakers rather than using the monitor's ones. Asus also gets points for including both VGA and DVI cables, where some manufacturers still only supply VGA.
Getting onto the OSD, it's rather small and slightly morose, lacking visual flair. Though it feels a little cramped, it's very usable thanks to one of the better layouts we've come across. There are few sub-menus, so nothing is buried, tags are informative and layout logical. Only the slightly awkward directional controls, which are placed either side of the 'menu' button, hinder navigation.