AG Neovo U-23 : monitor with a 1920x1080 Full HD resolution

8/5/2012 9:08:22 AM

The U-23 is a 23in monitor with a 1920x1080 Full HD resolution, a good variety of inputs and a USB pass-through port. Unlike most monitors, it has a glass screen. Its glossy finish isn't suitable for office environments with bright overhead lighting, but it brings out the best in the monitor's colors.

It’s not especially hardened, but it is more suitable for environments in which you might need a little extra protection, such as a household with young children.

Description: AG Neovo U-23

Colors aren't particularly accurate. Our colorimeter measured the U-23 at 88 per cent of the sRCB color space, and blues and greens didn't look right. A cold cast made flesh tones look pallid, so the U-23 isn't ideal for watching movies. Most of our test images lacked vibrancy and looked as if they had been shot on an overcast day; Casino Royale's scenes in the Bahamas, for example, were robbed of the warm glow of the Caribbean sunshine.

You can use a calibration tool to rectify the color or you can try your luck with the U-23's menu. It uses touch-sensitive buttons that are marked by simple arrows instead of icons, which initially proved confusing. The up or down arrows, for instance, open the menu, the right arrow selects an item, while an odd windmill icon moves you back a level.

The menu itself is quite basic. You only get brightness, contrast and color temperature controls, and the latter offers a choice of 5400K, 6500K, 9300K or User, which lets you control red, green and blue levels. It was hard to achieve the same results of our calibration by adjusting these values manually, but by setting red to 150, green to 140 and blue to 135, we managed to approximate them.

Description: AG Neovo U-23 ports

AG Neovo U-23 ports

The problem is the U-23 costs $250, and we don’t understand why. Parents might feel more secure knowing their kids can’t poke a finger through the screen, but it isn’t vastly more energy-efficient than other LED-backlit monitors and image quality is nowhere near that of today's IPS panels. ViewSonic's VX2336s-LED has superb image quality and is only $150. Get that, and keep the kids away from it.

Technical data


Price: $249

Verdict: Its glass screen makes it more durable than most TN panels, but more accurate IPS monitors are cheaper

23in widescreen LED: 1920x1080 native resolution, VGA, DVI, HDMI inputs, 3.5mm audio input, one-port USB2 hub, headphone output


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