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ViewSonic VX2250wm - Controls, OSD, Power Use and Speakers
Aside from its physical power button the VX2250wm's controls are all touch-based and marked rather blatantly on the front of the bezel, though at least this makes them easy to see. Thankfully, the four touch-controls are well-spaced, logical and very responsive indeed, with the lightest contact registering instantly. The first 'button' calls up the OSD and exits menus, while the second selects and doubles as input switcher. The up and down 'buttons' call up the volume and brightness/contrast menus respectively.
ViewSonic's slightly dull OSD is at least easy and reasonably intuitive to use, though it could really have done with a splash of colour to relieve its three-tone blue, white and black livery. All the basic adjustments are present, including an sRGB mode, various colour temperatures, the option to turn dynamic contrast on or off and an ECO mode.
However, it's not nearly as extensive a selection as found on some rivals, with the main caveat being its lack of picture mode presets. To some users this could be a blessing in disguise as such modes tend to be poorly configured by default, but if configured properly they can become very useful.
Being LED backlit helps the VX2250wm to be very frugal. After calibration it averaged 15W in normal usage and with Dynamic Contrast activated maxed out at 19.1W. Activating its Eco Mode, meanwhile, resulted in an impressive maximum power consumption of 13W.
We rarely get good performance from integrated monitor speakers, but the 2W stereo speakers in this ViewSonic put on a surprisingly impressive show. That's not to say they can match even a budget pair of standalones or the integrated efforts of an all-in-one such as the MSI Wind Top AE2220 Hi-Fi, but for a display this thin and light they produce some half-way decent bass and a high volume level. This means the action in films comes across with adequate oomph, though a slight muddiness across the range means you're still better off using external speakers or headphones.
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