The Asus PA238 ships in a full colour black box with several images of the product on the sides. The box dimensions are 671x386x253mm.
The bundle is impressive. Asus supply a DVI cable, VGA cable, Displayport cable, USB cable, audio cable, quick start guide, support CD, warranty card and cable ties.
The Asus engineers supply calibration results, as each screen is individually tuned in the factory before shipping.
The monitor is shipped in ‘portrait' mode with the stand prefitted. Asus protect the monitor between two really thick pieces of Styrofoam which are sculpted to the exact shape of the screen. They simply pull apart.
The PA238Q looks very similar to the bigger PA246Q, with the stand already attached. It is not a slimline model and Asus have clearly opted for a chunky, almost industrial appearance for this range of products. It feels extremely strong however, and the stand mechanism is one of the best we have seen. The monitor and stand weighs in at 5.5 kg and measures 548.8×495.7x201mm.
Asus promote the product range top left of the panel, with the product name and panel resolution clearly noted. Bottom right ‘HDMI' is written into the chassis. Top right is a removable sticker which highlights the main specifications and key selling points. Bottom right is the interface panel, which we will look at shortly.
We really liked the stand that shipped with the PA246Q, and this one is just as good. Offering full height adjustment to suit a variety of environmental conditions. The stand can also be completely removed for VESA wall mounting.
The stand offers a full swivel option for fine adjustment on a desk. It is strong enough to handle the rotated axis, without tipping over.
It can also pivot on the vertical axis to cater for various seating positions.
The I/O panel has support for HDMI (1.3) , D-Sub, DisplayPort, DVI-D. There is also an Earphone jack : 3.5mm Mini-Jack (for HDMI & DisplayPort Only). USB Port(s) : 1 x upstream, 4 x downstream (2 on side, 2 at rear). At the left of the panel is a power switch and connector port.
We wish more manufacturers would adopt a similar stand, because it really is one of the finest on the market, built from metal with a strong, yet smooth movement. It is always reassuring when a monitor ships with an impressive stand, such as this.