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ASUS VW198 Widescreen 19-inch LCD Monitor Announced

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1680×1050 High Resolution Widescreen LCD Monitors Satisfy Work and Entertainment Graphical Needs

With high-resolution LCD displays increasingly gaining more popularity, ASUS, producer of high quality LCD displays, today announced the first 19-inch widescreen (19″W+) LCD monitor with WSXGA+ 1680×1050 high resolution. This breakthrough series is able to present finer image quality that is perfect for editing images, watching movies and playing games; and comes inclusive with the exclusive ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio Technology with a high contrast ratio 3000:1 and passes the WHQL tests to be certified for Windows Vista™ Premium version. At the same time, the top-quality VW222 and VW202 series are also available for bigger screen sizes – providing the best choices for high resolution desktop viewing.

19″W+ Format with Higher Resolution 1680×1050
The ASUS VW198 is the first 19-inch widescreen LCD monitor with WSXGA+ 1680×1050 high resolution – the minimum display resolution requirement for operating Windows Vista™ as recommended by Microsoft. It has an increase of 36% in resolution and shortens 15% pixel pitch to deliver finer image quality than normal 19-inch widescreen LCD monitors. With such cutting-edge enhancements, users will be able to perfectly experience high-resolution visual performance and see clearer details on the 19″W+ VW198.

3000:1 High Dynamic Contrast Ratio for Sharper Images
The VW198 series incorporates wide viewing angles, 5ms response time and 300 nits brightness to deliver clear and smooth image quality. The innovative ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio Technology) provides the high contrast ratio of 3000:1 that dynamically adjusts contrast between black and white to create sharper and more stereoscopic images – especially during video and movies. Built-in stereo speakers complete the multimedia ensemble and deliver a video display solution that doubles with high-quality audio experience.

Simple and Exquisite Design
A clean outlook with exquisite details makes the VW198 a stylish piece of decor for any environment. The quasi piano painted and slim front bezel adds stylish aesthetic value, while the silver strip designed hotkeys perfectly combines functionality with decoration. The WV198’s base with concentric-circle lines is easily detachable for wall mounting, and the cable holder helps get rid of tangling cables and wires to keep desks neat. Working or playing on the VW198 is just that much better with these user friendly details.

Optimized Image Quality with Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, found exclusively in ASUS solutions, detects activation and usage of video applications and automatically optimizes image quality for the best visual results. Besides providing five pre-set modes (Standard, Game, Theater, Scenery and Night), this innovative technology also enables the selection of three skin tone options for high-quality images in different video applications. Watching videos and movies with PCs and LCD monitors can now be just as good as on the best TVs – especially with the new high-resolution wide screens.

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ASUS has also launched two other top quality displays for consumers. The 22-inch widescreen VW222U adopts Trace Free Technology with the fastest 2ms response time to display the smoothest image quality, while the 20-inch widescreen VW202T incorporates HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) support and ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio Technology to deliver 2000:1 high dynamic contrast ratio. Both models are equipped with 1680×1050 high resolutions and are certified for Windows Vista™ Premium Version.

Specifications

Model Name VW198T/S VW202T/S/D VW222U/S
Product Segment 19″ W+ 20″ W 22″ W
Optimal Resolution 1680×1050 WSXGA+ 1680×1050 WSXGA+ 1680×1050 WSXGA+
Brightness (Max.) 300cd/m2 300cd/m2 300cd/m2
Contrast Ratio (Max.) 3000:1 (ASCR) 2000:1 (ASCR) 2000:1 (ASCR)
Viewing Angle 170°(H) /160°(V) 160°(H) /160°(V) 170°(H) /160°(V)
Response Time 5ms 5ms 2ms (gray-to-gray)
Display Colors 16.7 millions 16.7 millions 16.7 millions
Built-in Stereo Speaker 1Wx2 1Wx2 1Wx2
Input/ Output D-Sub D-Sub D-Sub
DVI(HDCP support)* DVI(HDCP support)* DVI(HDCP support)*
OS Support Windows Vista™ Premium Windows Vista™ Premium Windows Vista™ Premium
Windows Vista™ Basic Windows Vista™ Basic Windows Vista™ Basic
Windows™ XP Windows XP™ Windows XP™

*Only for VW198T, VW202T, VW222U models
All specifications are subject to change without prior notice. Products may not be available in all markets.

About ASUS
ASUS is a leading provider of 3C total solutions. With a global staff of more than 100 thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the turnover for 2006 was 17.4 billion U.S. Dollars. ASUS has been ranked in Business Week InfoTech 100 for 10 consecutive years, and has been ranked No.1 by the Wall Street Journal Asia for best quality products in Taiwan.

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