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Viewsonic VX2233wm LCD Monitor
The 22-inch widescreen monitor is very popular already, because it goes hand in hand with the requirements of gamers and multimedia buffs alike. We all want a slightly bigger, full HD screen to fulfill our visual urges. Viewsonic is a prolific brand with desktop monitors being their forte, but still every new model has to be reviewed and compared to see if it is consistent in its quality and performance. Thus we have their VX2233wm LCD Monitor in our test center today, lets see what it has to offer...
Design and Features
This model bears a similar design to recent models by Viewsonic, which is a full gloss black frame, continuing to the oval stand. The edges are more or less straight ruled but not sharp, with the bottom panel having a slightly arched edge. Viewsonic logo is embossed in silver in the center, with a trapezoidal shaped LED right below. The latter glows in an intense blue hue when the monitor is powered on. Besides these aspects, the front view is plain and bare. Right panel has the operational buttons: 4 silver colored push buttons in all.
The frame fits on its stand very easily in a sturdy clamp fit with a decent level of sturdiness, although it jerks a bit if you nudge it. The monitor can tilt up and down, but not swivel left to right. The connectors available are one DVI-D(with HDCP), one VGA in and an audio 3.5 mm input. There are stereo speakers available in the form of a 2 x 2 watt pair.
The viewable size of this monitor is 21.5 inch diagonal, while the native res is 1920 x 1080, 16:9 aspect ratio. Response time is 5 ms, while brightness is rated at 300 cd/m2. The contrast is rated at 1000:1 static, and 18,000:1 dynamic. The panel, we are assuming to be a TN panel judging by price, viewing angles etc
We connected the monitor via the DVI-D to our test rig and set the res to max (1920 x 1080). The first steps were to play test patterns and calibrate the screen for optimal display. To do that one has to always access the on screen UI, which in this case popped up at the center of the screen. We prefer it to come up on the side, near the buttons itself. The parameters available are basic; not too much tweaking is possible. We used the color preset of 6500 K, as sRGB was looking too dull.
Initially we found out some disappointing things about the monitor. Extreme whites do not pass the grayscale test, as they all merge into blocks and there is not much separation and detail in near higher white zones.__STARTQUOTE__There is not much backlight bleed, thus no ‘cloudiness’ along the corners of the screen.__ENDQUOTE__ Even full black bars rotating on dark background (that’s one of our tests), did not display so satisfactorily. Thus the contrast is not so good here. There was not much coloration and tinges in the grayscale, so there is definitely purity in the grayscale, that’s a good point.
There is not much backlight bleed, thus no ‘cloudiness’ along the corners of the screen. We watched Blu Rays of both Tropic Thunder and Ratatouille. Besides, MS office is always on, for monitor testings. In games we played Prototype, (just can’t get enough of it). The motion performance of this monitor is really good, we did not have trouble with minute fonts and fine detailed parts. Motion blur was actually hardly noticeable.
The price of the Viewsonic VX2233WM is MRP Rs. 12500/-, and MOP Rs. 10499/-. It is a decently priced if sourced at MOP, but still the monitor should have been brighter, with more intense vibrance. It surely has a very neutral and straight up quality in the color performance, plus motion, sharpness and detail aspects are very good, above decent. Thus this one goes down the middle.