Monitors are a little less susceptible to fads than many areas of tech. They're not immune, though - 3D and packing in headline-grabbing IPS panels without necessarily supplying the image quality associated with such displays are the main offenders of the moment. The Viewsonic VP2765-LED stays clear of all such nonsense, offering great image quality and excellent build at a very reasonable price.
This is a 1080p 27in monitor that exudes seriousness and solidity. Its styling is simple, with a look less sumptuous than the Samsung SyncMaster S27A550H and much less shiny than the Iiyama E2773HDS. If your computer room is a temple of chrome and glass surfaces, this monitor is probably not for you. It's finished in lightly textured matt black plastic, avoiding fingerprints much more successfully than the many glossy designs out there, but it's practical rather than beautiful.
That's not to say it doesn't have its own particular "look", though. The giant stand of the VP2765-LED gives it a very imposing presence and makes sure it takes up a lot of desk space. This three- toed foot is around 40cm from front to back. It'll refuse to be crammed into a tight corner, but gives the monitor immense stability, which is further boosted by the hefty 8.5kg of this beast.
The functionality of the stand it excellent too. It lets you swivel the monitor around, move it up and down so that the bottom of the screen's between 8.5cm and 23.5cm from the surface it's on, and tilt the screen back and forward, five degrees forward to 20 back. The screen can also be turned 90 degrees, for portrait viewing. So while some space is needed to accommodate the VP2765-LED, it's very flexible about how it sits. Like an immensely long-limbed person who's also a Yoga pro.
The construction is all-plastic, but feels very strong. Textures used throughout seem to want to push this ideal too - the corrugated-style ribbed finish on the stand and almost leather-effect texture of the back scream "prod me, I'm hardy as nails." Function is valued over form here, but the execution of its form is no bodge job. There are four powered USB 2.0 ports on the monitor, two on the left edge and two on the back, and three primary connections alongside. You have VGA, DVI and Display port sockets to choose from. We'd ideally have liked to see a standard HDMI port or two alongside, but as the Display port is there, it's a minor quibble.
There are few feature frills here - no internal speakers, no 3D and no HDMI switching to give the VP2765-LED home cinema cred. But you can feel the additional pounds of its £330 price in the build. There's no mistaking it - this is a top-quality monitor.