The VX2025wm’s main difference is of course the widescreen aspect ratio and the 1,680 x 1,050 native resolution that comes with it. Now I’ll be honest with you. To me, this sort of resolution doesn’t really give you much of an upgrade from a 17in LCD especially when you consider the vertical resolution. A 17in LCD has a native vertical resolution of 1,024 pixels, where as here it’s 1,050 pixels – not a whole lot more. The 20.1in diagonal sounds big, but stand it next to a 4:3 20in LCD and the picture postively looks small.
In other words, I can best describe using an LCD with these specifications as akin to using a 17in LCD with a few extra inches on the sides. The standard font size looks almost the same, and believe me, there are many users out there that will complain that the “font is too small” (yes, one can increase the default font size, but this does not always work for websites with fixed pixel sizes coded into their cascade style sheets).
Moving on, setting up the VX2025wm is pretty easy thanks to a simple to use OSD and the five big robust buttons that run horizontally below the ViewSonic name badge. The button labelled “1” is for entering/exiting the OSD; the up and down buttons are used for menu navigation, adjustments and shortcuts for the volume levels; and button “2” lets you choose between the video inputs, mute the sound and select or implement any options or changes, respectively.
You have a good selection of picture adjustments too. Under both an analogue and a digital signal you can adjust the brightness and contrast, and use the presets for colour temperature (9300K, 6500K, 5400K, sRGB). For the more adventurous the RGB levels can be fine tuned individually. However, be careful with the contrast control as a high setting will invariably introduce a pinkish colour cast into the picture. Curiously, a sharpness mode is listed too, but is unavailable in this unit regardless of which video source you’re using. Other settings include preventing the non-native resolution warning from popping up, as well as making the OSD semi-transparent, moving its position, and setting its time-out.