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The 22-inch market is one of the most saturated monitor segments right now with a lot of choice ranging from average entry-level monitors to models that support full HD and offer HDMI inputs as part of their package. While this kind of choice is never a bad thing, it can sometimes lead to hilarious results as in a bid to stand out a lot of companies end up designing products that are tall on promises and short on performance.
Does the Viewsonic VX2262WM fall into this category? Read on to find out.
As reviewers,we have always respected Viewsonic, when it came to simplicity of design and careful attention paid to ease of use with regard to its LCD panel. However when it comes to the overall design of the VX2262 it seems that design team simply had a 3 year old kid draw up a sketch and they implemented it. Viewsonic with the VX2262 has attempted to address the lifestyle segment of monitors, which is a fairly lucrative business nowadays. These monitors aim to deliver a different sense of styling as compared to conventional monitors, with custom coloring and above average performance. The VX2262 however delivers neither!
Firstly in a bad move, Viewsonic has adopted a fully glossy body for the entire monitor which makes it a fingerprint/dust/smudge magnet. We spent a couple of days of regular use with the monitor and found it in no time to be as dusty and smudged, as a mirror that has been lying in an attic unused for a decade. What also spoils the clean cut rectangular look of the LCD panel, is an extremely wobbly stand that can give a punching bag a complex. This makes the monitor extremely unattractive to use as even a simple bump of your computer table, can get it to start wobbling!
Another thing that defies any logic is the fact that for some inexplicable reason, the company has put a strip of "mauve" on the outer rim of the bezel of the LCD panel and its base. The color makes it look like something a “metrosexual” would prefer. While we are all for self grooming, when this topic starts broaching peripherals such as this... it’s time to draw the line. The company could easily have introduced a more subtle touch of red or even gold... it would have looked better than the travesty that this monitor sports.
Another major design flaw, is its odd positioning and height. Unlike a lot of other panels, that offer a smaller stand and allow you to customize the viewing angle as per your preference, the VX2262 offers you neither. It has a higher than average height and lacks any tilt customization. This causes problems to people of average height as they would have to tilt their neck 20 degrees, to stare at the center of the screen. While this may not be a problem for some, a few hours of staring at this screen had my neck cramped.
Our final inspection of this fashion disaster before moving on to our performance testing was to check its OSD responsiveness. Here the VX2262 was thankfully ok. The OSD and its associated buttons were quick and responsive and the menu did not suffer from any lag.
For a lifestyle product, Viewsonic certainly has certainly gone for the kill with regard to its specifications. The VX2262 as its nomenclature indicates is a 22” LCD panel with a native resolution of 1680x1050, a DCR of 20,000:1 and a response time of 2ms. Connectivity options include VGA/DVI. These are fairly healthy specifications; however the LCD panel failed to live up to expectations and turned out to be an average performer.
The very first thing did we did to test this LCD panel, was to check out its performance in games. Here the monitor with its 2ms response timing, simply sailed through our tests without issues. We tested it with COD 4, WoW: Wotlk, Crysis Warhead, and found no ghosting present anywhere. The DCR was bang on target too, delivering some decent variation whenever there was an intense action scene.
Our next series of tests were a little more comprehensive. For this we used Displaymate. The sharpness tests we ran on the monitor provided no surprises. The text was clear and crisp. The next level of tests we carried out was on the monitor’s gray scale. Here too, the VX2262 had a few issues. For some strange reason, during the running of these tests the monitor would go into standby mode. It took 3 reboots, changing of 2 DVI cables before we finally managed to get a result. This turned out to be above average. Our color tests revealed the monitor to display rich and vibrant colors without any bleeding with a slight performance bias towards the red aspects.
The contrast and brightness level tests were an area the monitor ran into trouble again. During our tests we had the sudden appearance of dead pixels all of a sudden in some places and over bright pixels in other places. We changed our GPU to eliminate any problem at source, but continued to observe this problem. Ultimately after the monitor had sufficiently warmed up, after a few hours of use this problem disappeared. At this point the monitor’s contrast and brightness levels, we found were strictly average.
Our final test was to test, the SRS HD that the monitor packs in. This is a test, we wish we had avoided. It was like listening to nails on a chalk board. Exaggerations aside, the sound quality can be best described as "blank noise" with no concept of bass or treble or any range of mid-frequencies. Avoid using these at all cost!
At the end of this rather long review, we find that the VX2262 is a disaster that could have been avoided. It is rather badly designed, offers strictly average performance in relation to its LCD panel and has a bad set of audio speakers. Its only saving grace is its price tag of Rs. 12,500. We suggest you look at Samsung T220, in case you are in the market for a snazzy looking monitor that actually delivers.