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Review on ASUS PT201Q 19 5 Inch Digitizer Monitor by Alvin Conforto

Character Artist/Illustrator Review for real world work

(ORIGINAL REVIEW: May 2015) – Updated below. If you are considering using this device, make sure you do some testing before deciding to keep it. I've had 2 defective units which presented issues that are dubious for a modern budget monitor but totally unacceptable for a monitor in this price range. I'm a professional illustrator and I do all my work digitally. . This device promises quite a lot, and for the most part it delivers what it promises. Pen sensitivity is good, as is multi-touch. The place where he stumbles is not on the side of the art commission but in the monitor itself. I've done MANY tests on this unit since purchasing it, testing different settings, programs etc (too much to go into at this point ), but suffice it to say that after 40+ hours of use the problem appeared on 2 different devices. Here's the problem: This is a modern HD monitor sold to graphics professionals. That's how I judge it. I don't compare it with its competitors Wacom, Huion, Yiynova, I just judge it by its specific requirements. The area where it shakes and wobbles a lot is in rendering the contrast between black and white. Sketching for clients in Photoshop CC, Manga Studio and all others inevitably requires you to paint with a black brush on a white background. For some reason, this monitor produces flickering digital artifacts on the screen when black is next to white. You can imagine that this is a fatal mistake for an artist, as it involves much of the interface work that digital art requires, including concept sketches, hard pencil cleaning, and digital painting. Unfortunately, this problem also occurs when writing emails. For some reason it just can't handle anti-aliased black edges and starts to flicker and produce artifacts on the edges of brush strokes, text and ink lines even when the resolution is set to maximum. With low contrast, the monitor itself immediately begins to fail, resulting in flickering effects in black areas and at the edges, resembling burnt or cracked pixels. This happens when rendering in graphics programs as well as when watching videos via DVD or streaming. In fact, wherever darkness meets light, the monitor can't render smooth edges well, and in areas with deep shadows and low contrast between shapes, the pixels themselves simply drop out and start flickering in neon pink and other colors. very strange problem. To be honest, if I foresaw a problem, I assumed it was related to the pen or the drawing process itself. But since at the moment there are such problems with the monitor itself, I will not comment on the drawing until I know for sure if this is a problem for every device or if I just got two marriages in a row. I'll update this review as soon as I know for sure, but for now I'd like to warn those who are considering it. 2 to 4 stars The only reason I'm not giving it the full 5 stars is that there is still some sort of pixel artifact/burn-in in the dark values and low contrast areas. When working realistically and need to capture shadow detail, colors are rendered very accurately. The problem is that even if you move the image, some pixels in the dark areas start to flicker. So it's not the specific pixel on the display that's misbehaving, it's the way the monitor renders those areas that gets a little goofy. It's not a fatal flaw, but it's also not an issue that should be present in a $1,000 monitor in 2015. I have to say it's phenomenal. The stylus tether isn't an issue that you'll notice after using the tablet for more than a few days. After that, everything just disappears like everything else. The pen-to-screen parallax is probably the smallest I've experienced on a large tablet. This is something that is difficult to discount. One of the problems with all tablet monitors is the distance between the pen tip and the cursor on the screen. It's a problem that worries everyone, from the low end to the high end (even the Cintiq). ASUS/Sharp (Sharp originally made this product internationally) have done something special here. There is almost no parallax between the pen and the screen, even at the edge. For professional illustrators, that's a big deal. Workplace. ASUS parallax is so minimal even at the edges that you can actually use the full size from edge to edge. it is with images in the light, medium and dark areas. But if you can get it for the right price, it's really worth checking out. BTW I contacted ASUS and they don't have replacement pins to buy and they said the pins are not covered. Guarantees as they are considered "accessories". Something to consider. I've never broken a stylus, but the thought of not being able to replace it worries me a bit. Multitouch works well. even great. The screen surface is VERY matte. No third-party screen protector is required for this. It's refreshingly anti-reflective. I work under fluorescent lights in my office and ASUS has never had the same glare issues as my Cintiq 22HD. I had to install Photodon's maximum MXG anti-glare film on my Cintiq to be able to work without eye strain/headaches. Asus does not have this problem. They did a great job here. Pointing distance - from one to one and a half inches. Color - I have not yet calibrated it with my XRite color calibrator, but transferring work from this monitor to my calibrated monitor at work has shown no results. significant shift in value or color temperature. I would say that it is almost perfectly calibrated from the factory. Color is probably the highlight of this device. TFT - Some people are quick to dismiss anything that isn't IPS, but ASUS viewing angles are incredibly wide. So much so that I didn't realize it was a TFT screen until I read the specs more closely. There are all sorts of quality levels in IPS and TFT, so don't let that stop you from buying the right device. This TFT is accurate, bright, has rich blacks and wide enough viewing angles that I haven't yet found a working position that creates color banding.

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Pros & cons

  • 19.5 inches
  • Poor quality built-in speakers.

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