In my opinion, the most desirable LCD format is a 24in widescreen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. The pixel-pitch is about right to accommodate standard text sizes (no more squinting), and you can comfortably fit two pages of A4 (at 100%) side-by-side on the screen (less scrolling). The large desktop area is also great for editing images, playing games and watching movies.
However, I can’t justify the cost just yet and will make do with my dodgy 19in LCD with its 1,280 x 1,024 resolution and a not so standard 5:4 aspect ratio display area. But, if you really want a widescreen monitor and a little more width in which to operate then this offering from ViewSonic might be right up your street.
At just over £320, the VX2025wm is a well-priced 20.1in widescreen LCD, attractively designed with a matt-black bezel bordered by a silver coloured frame that runs down and around the large rectangular base. This base gives the VX2025wm plenty of stability and a central area in which to keep pens and other small paraphernalia from roaming around your desk. The downside is the lack of a swivelling function. The stand’s neck is also fixed to the base, so raising the display will either require some hefty text books or a wall mount/swing arm attached to the VESA mount – a shame as I found myself looking down at the display rather than directly at it. The only adjustable option on offer is a five degree forward, 20 degree back tilt mechanism.
In fact, the whole design is very “ViewSonic” and little has changed in the X Series range for the last year and half or so. Around the back there’s a removable panel that hides the ports (D-SUB, DVI-I, kettle-type power socket, and audio-in) along with another removable panel that extends down the neck of the stand. Behind this you’ll find two cable grips which lock down the cables for a very neat routing solution. ViewSonic also provides both signal cable types, but it would appear you have to use your own audio lead.
Other than those already mentioned, there are no extra ports such as S-Video, component video, composite, or a TV-tuner. The DVI port isn’t HDCP compliant either, so consider it a PC monitor, rather than a TV substitute. And, if you fancy watching some movies or listening to music, you might as well forget about the internal speakers. These are the quietest I’ve heard for some time, even at full volume. Better get yourself some standalone units, if you haven’t done so already.