ASUS introduces IPS and VA monitors to their ‘Designo’ ML range

The ASUS ‘Designo’ range of computer monitors received much positive attention for the ostentatious and unique styling but the underlying (TN) panel technology left a bit to be desired in some areas. ASUS are set to revive the series with the ML229H (21.5″), ML239H (23″) and ML249H (24″). The ML229H and ML239H feature IPS panels whilst the ML249H features a VA panel. We would imagine this is due to the currently prohibitive price and availability of 24″ IPS panels – the Designo series was always about the right mix of price, style and performance. All of the monitors will feature a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 250 cd/m2 stated luminance and benefit from wider viewing angles than their TN counterparts (178 degrees stated). Like former members of the Deisgno ML series they feature WLED backlights and should therefore offer a colour gamut approximate to the sRGB colour space. The ML229H and ML239H (IPS panels) should be expected to provide the biggest real-term boost in colour reproduction and viewing angle performance whilst the ML249H (VA panel) should offer outstanding static contrast (~3000:1), enhanced viewing angles and superior colour reproduction compared to their TN-driven brethren. The ML249H has a stated response time of 8ms grey to grey whilst the ML239H and ML229H feature a 5ms grey to grey response time – but as always, take these figures with a pinch of salt. What you can be more certain of is that all of Asus’ new Designo ML monitors will feature two connectors – D-Sub (VGA) and HDMI 1.3 (DVI-D connectivity supplied by HDMI – DVI cable). Retail availability is expected very shortly but specifics on pricing of the ML239H and ML229H are not yet available. The ML249H has an expected US retail price of around $250.