ViewSonic VA1916w review

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ViewSonic monitors have performed solidly in recent PC Pro Labs, and the VA1916w is no exception. It shares the usual ViewSonic styling, with a curved black body and a silver strip running along the bottom edge, and this model has an odd, stepped stand that catches the eye.

ViewSonic VA1916w review

The control buttons are sensibly placed front-centre, and if only ViewSonic moved to more meaningful labels than the rather confusing “1” and “2” we’d have no complaints with its usability at all.

Image quality is pretty much as we’ve come to expect from ViewSonic, with smooth gradients, almost perfectly neutral greys and decent contrast. The dynamic ratio of 2,000:1 makes for plenty of detail in movies and games, too, provided you don’t mind the dynamic range swinging up and down when the colour composition of the on-screen image shifts dramatically.

Colours are accurate, although a little washed out and muted for our tastes – others offer more saturated colours that we found better suited to gaming. But the black level on our test screen was excellent, and this didn’t come at the expense of detail or brightness. Gradient ramps showed even distribution and we could make out the lightest greys on a white background.

You don’t get any integrated speakers and it’s a VGA-only monitor, which is why it lags a little behind some of the others this month in its features rating. But at £94 (exc VAT) this is a good all- round screen and a decent alternative to the award winners.


Image quality 5

Main specifications

Screen size 19.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1440 x 900
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 700:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 2,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.284mm
Horizontal viewing angle 150 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 140 degrees
Speaker type N/A
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A


DVI inputs 0
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support no
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors None

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 32W
Idle power consumption 1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings 5400K, 6500K, 9300K, sRGB, User
Extra adjustments Image position, size, fine tune, OSD position, time-out, background, language, info, reset


Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 0 degrees
Height adjustment 0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no
Bezel width 15mm


Dimensions 440 x 195 x 383mm (WDH)
Weight 4.000kg

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