Viewsonic VP2250wb review

£259
Price when reviewed
The Viewsonic may resemble the NEC in appearance, but it betters it in the most important area: image quality. With the neutral but slightly washed-out colours familiar from previous Viewsonic monitors, it offers a good compromise between work and entertainment.

It’s a plain-looking monitor, but the flexible stand ensures it’ll fit on any size or layout of desk: it lifts through 12cm, swivels 60 degrees either side and pivots to portrait mode for long documents. The bezel isn’t too thick at 22mm, and the only design gripe we have is with the control buttons: the menu system is well laid out but the black buttons themselves have barely visible labels, making it a game of annoying guesswork to navigate.

We managed to find the 6,500K colour temperature eventually and were pleased with the bright, sharp picture. Our gradient ramps were free of banding – albeit a little orangey in the red areas – and the contrast tests were passed without notable problem. Crysis certainly lacked the oversaturated punch of the more consumer-end monitors here, but the VP2250wb’s easy-on-the-eye desktop went some way to compensate. The 2ms response time also meant fast motion wasn’t a problem.

Video inputs are limited to DVI and VGA while there are no integrated speakers, but it’s not totally devoid of extras – there are four USB ports for peripherals – and this helps place the Viewsonic very slightly ahead of the similar NEC. But given their high prices, both should only really appeal to those in offices who need a flexible stand. Otherwise there are better deals in the group this month.

Details

Image quality 5

Main specifications

Screen size 21.6in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 2ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 3,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.276mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 170 degrees
Speaker type N/A
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 1
USB ports (downstream) 4
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors none

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA, USB
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 50W
Idle power consumption 1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings 5,000K, 6,500K, 7,500K, 9,300K, sRGB, user
Extra adjustments Input select, info, manual image adjust, OSD language, position, timeout, background, pivot, reset

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 120 degrees
Height adjustment 120mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? yes
Bezel width 22mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 510 x 309 x 388mm (WDH)
Weight 7.300kg

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