When companies launch new lines they usually christen them with two or three new products, but NOT ViewSonic! To celebrate the arrival of its ‘VG series’ the company has announced no less than 10 LCDs to fill it. So here – in my very best simplification – is how they shape up:
At the entry level we have the 17in VG721m (above, left) and VG730m and 19in VG921m and VG930m (above, right) which have standard 5:4 aspect ratios and 1280 x 1024 native resolutions. The 17 inchers share 600:1 contrast ratios while the 19s bump that up to 700:1. Similarly the brightness of the little guys is 280cd/m2 verses the VG921m and VG930m’s boosted 300cd/m2. 8ms response times are shared all round.
Where both the 17in and 19in ‘30m’ models differ from their other halves is the additional digital connectivity compared to the 21m edition’s standard analogue connectors while the 30m’s stands are not limited to tilting but also encompass a 360 degree swivel and 80mm height adjustment.
Stepping up a notch we come to the 19in VG1921wm (right) and VG1930wm (left) - the ‘w’ standing for widescreen. Again these are 19 inchers and though they share the same brightness and contrast ratios as the previous nineteens they sport far more user friendly 1440 x 900 native resolutions and a 5ms response time. The same rules regarding the connectivity and adjustable standards also applies here to the 21wm and 30wm.
Standing out on its own is the VG2021m. This is a 4:3 aspect 20 incher with 1400 x 1050 native res, 500:1 brightness, 300cd/m2 brightness, an 8ms response time, analogue connectors and tilt only stand which should suit those odd few who have irrational arguments against widescreen.
Finishing things off we come to the big boys with the 20in VG2021wm and VG2030wm (above, right) and flagship 22in VG2230wm (above, left). As the product codes suggest they are widescreen monitors and each is equipped with a 1680 x 1050 native resolution and 5ms response time. Both 30wm editions have the digital connectivity and 360 degree swivel stands. Funnily enough the 20 inchers have higher contrast ratios (800:1 verses 700:1) and brightness (300cd/m2 verses 280cd/m2).
The entire VG series goes on sale immediately with prices starting from £163 and rising to £337 (including VAT). Next time perhaps take things a little more gradually, eh boys…?