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ViewSonic VP2770-LED review

Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Excellent image quality out of box
  • Fully adjustable
  • Good connectivity

Cons

  • Outdated OSD
  • Non-backlit touch controls

Key Features

  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS/PLS panel
  • Height, swivel, pivot, tilt
  • DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, VGA, 3.5mm audio
  • Integrated USB 3.0 hub
  • Factory calibrated presets
  • Manufacturer: ViewSonic
  • Review Price: £579.00

Intro

There are many factors that go into what makes a good monitor. Once you decide on a size and budget you have to look at the panel type, resolution, connectivity, adjustability and extra features. Just one step below 30-inch screens often costing over £1,000, 27-inch IPS displays with a fantastically-high 2,560 x 1,440 resolution are the cream of the affordable crop.

Coming in at around £580, the professionally-oriented ViewSonic VP2770-LED costs around £20 more than Samsung’s rival S27A850D (SA850 27in), but does offer greater adjustability, more connectivity, and uses a later-generation panel that’s been factory calibrated.

In fact, on paper ViewSonic’s entrant has it all: an LED-backlit, 10-bit IPS panel, tuned presets, more video connections than you can shake a very long stick at (even VGA!), a built-in USB 3.0 hub, and full adjustability including tilt, swivel, height and pivot. Even the included cable selection is generous, and ViewSonic throws in a 3-year warranty to boot. Does this make its VP2770-LED the bargain it appears to be?

ViewSonic VP2770-LED - Design and Build

The VP2770-LED is a monitor that means business, and as such doesn’t make any apologies for its business-like looks. Every bit of this monitor is covered in lightly textured matt black plastic, meaning it’s easy to maintain and doesn’t particularly show off fingerprints or dust.

ViewSonic also gets brownie points for making the entire bezel relatively thin and perfectly uniform, with its logo imprinted quite subtly and an unobtrusive blue power LED. While the VP2770-LED’s chassis will never be a showcase like that of the designer Samsung Series 9 S27B970D, that’s not what most high-end monitors are (or should be) about.

Build quality throughout is good. The plastics used are thick and there’s no creak or give anywhere, except for one small panel in the stand leg’s centre that’s hardly likely to come into contact with anything. Assembly is easy and secure, only requiring the base to be attached to the stand with a simple thumb-screw. A holding pin needs to be removed to allow height adjustment.

ViewSonic VP2770-LED - Adjustability

When it comes to adjustments, the VP2770-LED is playing to win. It offers the usual 25-degree tilt and a very welcome 90 degree pivot, in addition to superb swivel in both directions. What gives the VP2770-LED an edge though is its incredible height adjustment, which takes the bezel’s base from 10cm at its lowest point to a whopping 25cm off your desk. Mind you, most high-end 27-inch displays can be adjusted much lower, but we far prefer the extra height.

Adjustments on this ViewSonic are not quite as smooth as on some rivals but offer a reassuring solidity. Just be careful to ensure the screen is positioned high enough when attempting to pivot.

ViewSonic VP2770-LED – Connectivity and Cables

Connectivity is likewise top notch. On the video side of things you get to choose between DisplayPort, HDMi 1.4, dual-link DVI and even VGA. There’s a 3.5mm jack to output audio from HDMI, which is great when hooking up a gaming console or media player. Thankfully, ViewSonic hasn’t wasted space and money trying to integrate speakers. Finally there’s a four-port USB 3.0 hub, which is always a nice addition – especially since dedicated USB 3.0 hubs are far from cheap.

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ViewSonic provides pretty much every cable you might need with its VP2770-LED monitor, including VGA, DVI, DisplayLink, and USB 3.0.

Evan Fotis

December 14, 2012, 10:30 pm

2560x1440 is 16:9 not 16:10 as mentioned.

"ViewSonic used to have a reputation for making some of the best LCD monitors around"

not for a very long time since the CRT era that is. Eizo, Nec and Quato offer the very best.

The Whispering Lad

December 15, 2012, 3:34 pm

I have NEC232Wmi... and it is AMAZING as far as the LCD's go...

Alien Antler Farm

December 15, 2012, 7:52 pm

First page states 10-bit colour, 2nd page 8-bit. Which is it?

TechVegan

December 18, 2012, 5:08 pm

Thanks for your comment! It's listed as a 10-bit monitor but is actually an 8-bit panel with FRC to support 10-bit colour. Review amended to clarify that.

TechVegan

December 18, 2012, 5:11 pm

Arrgh [facepalm] Thanks for pointing out my brain-slip there.

If only, wouldn't mind 2560 x 1600 pixels :)

Actually even in the LCD era ViewSonic made some of the best gaming monitors and some decent semi-premium models :)

Definitely the brands you list are the "very best", but not exactly consumer level.

Jason Engelsman

January 24, 2013, 12:20 pm

@Ardjuna Thanks for that great review. Do you know when the dell Review you mentioned will be complete also will you take note of the of the other Dell version U2713H (its about £100 more expensive than the U2713HM. Also will there be review of the Asus PB278Q. Really battling to decide at the moment.

Thanks again.

TechVegan

February 14, 2013, 12:00 pm

Thanks for the thanks Jason, glad you liek the review :)
Unfortunately no exact ETA on that Dell yet, though I'm currently reviewing a very exciting 27in IPS 3D screen from AOC and will follow up with the Dell S2740.

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