When you’re writing for a technology publication on a regular basis one runs the risk of becoming blasé about technology. However, when you take a step back it is remarkable how far things have come even in a couple of years. One of the first reviews on TrustedReviews was a Viewsonic VP211b, a 21in LCD display that blew Riyad away back in September 2003. In that review Riyad observed that 1,600 x 1,200 was the highest resolution that a single DVI port can handle, whereas now it’s 1,920 x 1,200. Back then, a 24in widescreen was an enormously expensive and exotic beast, whereas now its relatively affordable. So is there now any point getting excited about a 4:3 screen? The answer in this case is a definite yes.
The Viewsonic VP2130b is part of Viewsonic’s professional range. It’s a very smart unit, set in a black bezel that isn’t too thick as with some displays, which lends itself to multi-monitor set-ups. The model number is at the top right, the Viewsonic Toucan’s at the top left and the logo at the bottom left.
It has a diagonal viewing area of 21.3in and a native resolution of 1,600 x 1,200, making it a perfect replacement for large 20in+ CRT screens. I can certainly vouch for this as until quite recently my home display was a 22in Mitsubishi Diamondtron CRT screen and though it was great to have a screen that size I was getting pretty tired of the fact that it covered most of my desk.
That said, while the screen itself is only a few inches thick the screen with still take up a fair amount of desk space, simply because of the large spread out stand. However, a screen such as this is still a far less imposing presence on your desk than even a smaller CRT.
There also aren’t many CRTs that rotate, pivot, tilt, and go up and down – none in fact I would say. One thing that was odd though was that the stand wouldn’t sit entirely flat on the desk with the rear two spokes lifting slightly off the ground. This meant that I couldn’t move the screen with one hand as I had to hold onto the stand to keep it fixed on the desk.