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 quality5

Main specifications

Screen size19.0in
Aspect ratio16:10
Resolution1440 x 900
Screen brightness300cd/m2
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio700:1
Dynamic contrast ratio2,000:1
Pixel pitch0.284mm
Horizontal viewing angle150 degrees
Vertical viewing angle140 degrees
Speaker typeN/A
Speaker power ouputN/A
TV tunerno
TV tuner typeN/A


DVI inputs0
VGA inputs1
HDMI inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0
Scart inputs0
HDCP supportno
Upstream USB ports0
USB ports (downstream)0
3.5mm audio input jacks0
Headphone outputno
Other audio connectorsNone

Accessories supplied

Other cables suppliedVGA
Internal power supplyyes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption32W
Idle power consumption1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control?yes
Contrast control?yes
Colour temperature settings5400K, 6500K, 9300K, sRGB, User
Extra adjustmentsImage position, size, fine tune, OSD position, time-out, background, language, info, reset


Forward tilt angle5 degrees
Backward tilt angle20 degrees
Swivel angle0 degrees
Height adjustment0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode?no
Bezel width15mm


Dimensions440 x 195 x 383mm (WDH)

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