Asus VS228DE Review
The Asus VS228DE is a cheap and compact 22-inch 1080p monitor for your home or office needs such as browsing, document processing, watching videos or even light gaming. This aging model doesn’t have the cutting-edge features or designs of today’s greatest monitors, but the down-to-essentials product still has a lot of staying power on retailer’s shelves. Let’s see why the Asus VS228DE still has enough steam to entice customers to avail of this low-priced product.
Asus VS228DE Specifications
- Screen Size: 22 Inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Twisted Nematic (TN)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time: 5ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes 2 x 2 Watts
- Stand: Height – No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+20°)
- Stand: Swivel – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity: D-Sub, 3.5mm
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 21.24″ x 15.21″ x 7.87″
- Weight: 8.38 lbs
Design and Features
The Asus VS228DE is a barebones monitor when compared to its contemporary competition, a fact which becomes apparent as soon as you gaze on this product. The bezels are about an inch thick on all sides which can become a distraction, especially for a display of this size. At least, the matte black finish feels nice to the touch and does not attract dust and fingerprints too much. From the front, you can see the Asus logo along with labels for each OSD button which sits under the bottom strip.
Even if the VS228DE is an aging model, it is surprising that this product holds one of thinnest side profiles we have seen, making it a compact and ideal monitor for office desks. The small profile would help keep limited spaces clutter-free and maximized, although the round-shaped base could have consumed less if it was square. The stand is wobbly and only allows tilting for ergonomics, but you can remove it and attach the Asus VS228DE to a wall mount or articulated armature.
Both the size and the price of the Asus VS228DE makes it ideal for multi-monitor setups, but this model’s I/O port is only limited to a D-sub slot. Nowadays, you can’t find multi-ported GPUs with more than one D-sub receptacle. You can use adapters, but most of the time, these gadgets will cause issues in the picture output of any monitor. Finally, the VS228DE comes with a pair of built-in speakers which are too weak for any media applications. You have a 3.5mm port for audio, but we think you’re better off with a decent 2.0 speaker set or a USB headset.
Display and Performance
The Asus VS228DE features a 21.5-inch TN panel with a 60Hz refresh rate and a sluggish 5ms response time. The screen has outdated specs, but you can’t ignore the 100.13-pixel density which is fantastic for office-related visuals such as text and images. You can’t expect color performance which is similar to the upmarket models from Asus. For the most part, colors and contrast are ok if you consider the price tag on the Asus VS228DE, but they do appear to be a bit undersaturated from time to time.
For gaming purposes, the Asus VS228DE is highly non-ideal. Even if this product has a TN panel, it’s outdated 5ms response time is dismal for games. In our Overwatch tests, the pixel density did provide a crisp and cleaner image when compared to a standard 24-inch display, but there was noticeable ghosting most of the time. The slow pixel transition of this monitor causes this, so we cannot recommend this product for FPS fans.
At least, the Asus VS228DE has a lot of spunk regarding brightness. Out of the box, the monitor’s backlight is set to around 90%, so we suggest users should lower to a comfortable level since it can hurt your eyes at some point. Uniformity is excellent across the screen; we did not see any uneven backlighting from corner to corner. The Asus VS228DE shines only in browsing and document processing, which ideally makes it an excellent and cheap staple for the office or small businesses.
The Asus VS228DE has been around for quite some time now, and from what we have seen, its performance for entertainment purposes is dismal. Of course, were comparing it to some of the best the market has to offer, but that does not entirely mean you should ignore this option if you don’t want to spend over a hundred bucks.
The 1920 x 1080 resolution in a 22-inch display works wonders for office work and browsing, plus the compact sizing makes this ideal for small desks or even a dorm room where a full-sized table can’t fit. Gamers should look elsewhere for something like the HP Pavilion 22CWA, a product in the same price bracket but with excellent visual performance in a compact and sleek package. But if you are looking for a cheap display solution for your office, browsing, or as a secondary display, the Asus VS228DE is a utilitarian option.