2011 has seen large-screen monitors tumble in price, thanks to the aggressively-priced efforts of folks like Hazro and their HZ27WC. The VP2765-LED doesn't use this panel technology, however, instead opting for an Advanced MVA display.
This latest-gen tech from AU Optronics attempts to improve upon the viewing angles of previous-gen VA panels to offer a good, fairly cost-effective alternative to e-IPS. And of course much better colour performance than cheaper TN models.
For the most part, it works very well. Viewing angles are near-perfect, with none of the ugly, major contrast shift you'll see in entry-level monitors. Colours do become a tiny bit washed-out when the VP2765-LED's screen is viewed from an angle, but performance is easily good enough to make crowding a few people around this 27in monster for movie-watching or game-playing perfectly viable.
The best performance comes from viewing the screen straight on. Viewed like this, colours are rich and natural, contrast is great and blacks are fairly deep. Crucially, there's also very little of the backlight bleed we saw earlier in the year in Hazro's IPS monitors. And it doesn't suffer from the reflection issues that plague glass-fronted screens.
There are naturally some image customisation options, accessed using an OSD operated using the five buttons that sit subtly under the front of the monitor. We found using them a little fiddly, but as most people set up a monitor to a single favoured configuration, it's no biggie. There are the standard colour temperature modes (sRGB, 9300k, 7500k, 6500k, 5000k) plus manual RGB adjustments and sharpness, brightness and contrast dials. Within the manual setup menu there's a dynamic contrast mode, which as usual claims a gigantic, and ridiculous, ratio figure - of 20,000,000:1. Complete nonsense of course, but the standard contrast is good.
The backlight is LED, which keeps power consumption down. A key downside of the screen tech used here is that the response time is not particularly quick when compared to TN and IPS screens. Viewsonic states a 25ms response time on its website, and the results of this are quite clearly visible when tested, with clear trails resulting from movement under high contrast. If you want an FPS gaming monitor, this isn't perhaps the ideal candidate, though it'll still suffice up to a certain level.
The VP2765-LED is aimed at graphics professionals rather than gamers, which helps us to forgive the slower speed. We do still wonder whether these graphics professionals would be happy with a 1080p panel, when many 27in models offer higher resolutions. Granted, you'd need to spend a couple of hundred pounds more to enter those big leagues.
This limitation does mean that the VP2765-LED is stuck in a slightly awkward position. The AMVA panel offers good performance, but will that be enough for the pros? And as it's significantly slower than an IPS monitor, we doubt whether it'll attract many gamers looking for an upgrade from the TN doldrums. Still, if your needs based around graphics or photography, and you can't stretch to the £550 of something like the Samsung S27A850D, we found the image quality less problematic than the Hazro HZ27WC thanks to its less troublesome LED backlight.
Viewsonic's VP2765-LED is aimed at graphics professionals and uses a AMVA panel rather than the IPS screens used in many trendy products of late. However, you don't lose out much in image quality, with vibrant colour, good contrast and great viewing angles. The 1080p resolution feels a little low given its intended audience, and response time is a little slow for the gaming crowd, but excellent build and the high-quality panel make it worthy of a place on the audition list.