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ViewSonic’s VP range has always been about style, features and image quality. The VP930 definitely has the first two covered, but how does it manage in the image quality stakes? Well to be honest, it’s not as good as I was expecting it to be.
Now, image quality can be a subjective thing, and what one person deems to be good, isn’t necessarily going to please someone else. This is why we use DisplayMate to highlight strengths and weaknesses in monitors. Unfortunately DisplayMate did manage to highlight some shortcomings in the VP930. The Dark Greyscale test proved to be an issue for the VP930 where it failed to bring out the low intensity greys no matter how much adjustment I tried.
The problems with greyscales became more apparent as I pushed through the tests, with tinges of green and pink clearly visible on the 64 step greyscale test. The 256 level intensity colour ramp test also showed signs of compression at the low intensity end of the scale. The VP930 also struggled on the colour scales test where the drop off at the low intensity end was uneven – if I tried to bring out some extra detail at the low end, the result was compression at the high end.
To be fair though, these shortcomings didn’t seem to creep into day to day use. I’ve been using the VP930 for the past couple of weeks as my main display and it has performed admirably, even when doing Photoshop work. It is a shame though that previous VP monitors have sailed through the DisplayMate tests without breaking a sweat.
In the box you’ll find both D-SUB and DVI cables, as well as a standard kettle type power lead. There’s also a quick setup guide, a user guide and installation software CD and a disc containing a utility called PerfectSuite.