The Asus VW266H 25.5" at the Movies
If you were looking for a big, multi-purpose screen that wouldn’t break the bank, here is where the wheels might come off your wagon. For anything but the most casual use as a movie display, the VW266H just won’t cut it. Sitting still in a dark room, the bezel glare is at its most noticeable.
The screen’s matte finish, which serves it so well in the office, doesn’t offer the blacks and grays you need to really enjoy a movie. It also bleeds a lot of light from the edges which is very distracting when watching a movie in letterbox. Remember that normal 1080 is 16:9, computer screens are 16:10, so you have 1200-1080 = 120 lines to black out – or, in this monitors case, to light grey out along the edge and get darker as you move in.
HD Trailers I downloaded from iTunes like Earth, Ocean, and Terminator Salvation. Salvation generally looked good (except for the light from the edges which was oh so annoying in dark scenes), and you can use the 266H to settle a bet on the exact number of whiskers Christian Bale has in close-ups (don’t adjust the brightness while he is on screen: he got really, really, mad at me). The other two, particularly in underwater scenes, often looked rather grainy. If you watch a lot of movies on your computer, or plan on using the Asus VW266H with an HD tuner, look elsewhere.