Thankfully, such issues don't detract too greatly and as a design the VX1940w is smart and uncomplicated. A lack of height adjustment or swivel is a shame, but few monitors of this size feature this kind of adjustability. Otherwise, the slim black bezel, silver highlights and glossy black stand combine well to produce a monitor that has some sense of style, but without resorting to gaudiness.
This should ensure it's at home in many environments, be it the home or in an office. An anti-glare finish also supports this versatility, ensuring none of the reflectivity of high contrast glossy finishes. ViewSonic has also been wise enough not to waste time and space on speakers, which only helps the monitor maintain its sleek and simple look.
Just below the ViewSonic lettering and inset into the silver rim you'll find the OSD control buttons, which remain consistent with previous ViewSonic monitors. The same is true of the OSD itself and though it isn't the most advanced visual representation, it remains one of the easier to navigate OSDs among PC monitors. Naturally, you can adjust Contrast and Brightness, while colour presets are thorough thanks to a selection between sRGB, 9300K, 7500K, 6500K (default), 5400k and user defined colour settings. On the whole everything that's needed is there, which is all one can ask.
But, what of performance? When first firing up the VX1940w, initial impressions are fairly promising. It looks sharp, with relatively clean whites and very crisp and clear text. Viewing angles are also more than adequate, with only some very minor colour shift and loss of contrast on the horizontal axis and none of the nasty shifts in colouration sometimes seen in very cheap TN panels. Things aren't quite as impressive on the vertical axis, but this is fairly typical of LCD screens anyway.
From general use it's clear this is a perfectly capable but unspectacular display. Colours are neutral rather than outstanding, but for the most part it produces colours accurately and with sufficient definition. A photographers dream it isn't, but for the majority of users it's adequate and shouldn't disappoint during typical computing tasks.
Unlike some cheaper monitors it also boasts a decent backlight. There is some very minor bleed from the extremities, but nothing that's too evident even while watching video where it's most likely to irritate.