I’ve always liked the ViewSonic VP range of monitors – they achieved an impressive balance of great screen quality, pleasing design and well considered ergonomics. In fact the design and ergonomics of the VP range were second to none, which was surprising considering how long ViewSonic kept the design static. But now the VP range has been updated, with the VP930 being the first of the new breed to make its way into the TrustedReviews lab. Of course the big question is, how does this new model compare to the outgoing one?
The most obvious change is the stand. The VP range always used a trademark stand incorporating two large angled feet pointing towards the user. This made for a very steady base, while also not taking up masses of desktop space. The new design still has two feet pointing towards the user, but also has two corresponding feet pointing the other way – the result is a kind of X shaped footprint. I imagine that the new design is meant to offer greater stability, and there’s pretty much no way that this screen will topple over no matter what angle you push it from. However, I can’t say that I ever had any problems with previous VP monitors falling over.
The main column design has also been changed and the screen now slides vertically up and down two rails – the previous VP monitors used a telescopic central column to facilitate vertical movement. I loved the dampened vertical movement on the old VP monitors, but the movement on the VP930 is even lighter – you can literally move the screen up or down with the pressure from one finger.
The panning motion is also superb – you can turn the screen around in almost a complete circle. ViewSonic quotes a 270 degree movement for the panning, but it definitely seems to be more than that in use. You can pivot the screen into a portrait mode too and ViewSonic has maintained its OSD party trick – the OSD will switch from landscape to portrait as you move the screen.