Several 21.5in screens like this Asus VH222H now boast ‘full-HD' (a resolution of 1920x1080), and there's little reason why you can't use such a screen to land a sizzling hi-def experience for a virtual pittance.

The Asus VH222H isn't the last word in case design. The styling is blocky in places, and smoothly angled in others, and the overall effect isn't quite convincing.

Neither does the Asus VH222H's plastic casing look the most durable, although at least it isn't as prone to smudging as more gloriously polished panels. The menu system is fairly easy to navigate, although the buttons themselves are well camouflaged; we often found it tricky to find a button, let alone the right one, and the captions aren't easy to read either.

The Asus VH222H screen sits low on the table, and there's no height adjustment to help out (although it does offer tiltability).

This isn't unexpected, since the Asus VH222H is the cheapest screen of its size we've seen, so you shouldn't expect such fripperies as height-adjustability or pivot.

Or HDMI, for that matter - although the Asus does deliver handsomely here, and the Asus VH222H comes with a full trio of RGB, DVI and HDMI ports. This is to be applauded, and means that the Asus will be instantly at home amongst the variety of digital set-top boxes, computers and games consoles that fill up many of today's homes.

But what of the quality? Well, while not offering the most startling picture, the Asus VH222H still compares well with screens that we see in the sub-£200 market.

Perhaps the biggest problem, as with many TN (Twisted Nematic) screens, is that viewing angles simply aren't very good. If you're not sitting directly in front of the Asus VH222H, the picture deteriorates very quickly. Get past this, and the Asus actually has a very good picture.

The Asus VH222H's colour palette is one of the more varied we've seen on a TN screen, and as soon as you start cycling through the default colour modes (accessed from one button on the front), you'll be struck by the difference in tone between the dull but steady image in Standard mode (perfect for text work, with cleanly defined characters), and the lurid reds and bright tints that pulse through Scenery mode.

You can make significant adjustments to the palette, so it should be straightforward to find an image that suits your tastes. The Asus VH222H is also adept at displaying fast-moving images, making it useful for the gamer on the budget.

Asus VH222H: Specs

  • 21.5in flat-panel
  • native resolution 1920x1080
  • 0.248mm pixel pitch
  • 5ms response rate
  • 20,000:1 contrast ratio (with ASCR)
  • 170/160 degree viewing angle
  • brightness 300cd/m2
  • RGB, DVI and HDMI connectors
  • 515x220x331mm
  • 4.9kg
  • 3-year warranty
  • 21.5in flat-panel
  • native resolution 1920x1080
  • 0.248mm pixel pitch
  • 5ms response rate
  • 20,000:1 contrast ratio (with ASCR)
  • 170/160 degree viewing angle
  • brightness 300cd/m2
  • RGB, DVI and HDMI connectors
  • 515x220x331mm
  • 4.9kg
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

You shouldn't be expecting too much for £145, but the Asus VH222H delivers more than you have a right to expect. The viewing angles could be a problem, but the varied colour palette, high resolution support and excellent connectivity make this a notable screen for the money.

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