ViewSonic VP191s – 19in LCD Monitor - ViewSonic VP191s Review

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You can also pivot the screen into a portrait mode – ideal for editing long documents, and since pretty much every graphics card driver supports pivoting now, it’s an easy feature to take advantage of. That said, ViewSonic also supplies pivoting software in the box, which is nice. Here you can also see one of ViewSonic’s party tricks – the dynamic OSD. Basically, whether you’re in landscape or portrait mode, the OSD will remain the right way up – a clever little feature and one that other monitor manufacturers should take note of.


ViewSonic has also been smart enough to bundle both DVI and D-SUB cables in the box, so you’re covered, no matter what graphics card you happen to be using.


Subjectively the VP191s produces a fine image, and I’ve used it both for standard desktop duties and for editing digital images. The viewing angle is also superb, with no colour shift or wash out in both the horizontal and vertical planes. That said, firing up DisplayMate did highlight a few problems, the most obvious being significant compression at the high intensity end of both the 64 step greyscale test and the colour scales test. However, after a bit of fiddling with the brightness and contrast levels, I managed to completely eradicate this problem and the VP191s sailed through the DisplayMate tests with aplomb.


But it’s not just static image quality that’s important with this monitor, it also sports a very low 8ms response time. This makes the VP191s appealing to gamers and anyone who wants to view fast moving video on their monitor. Personally I’ve never been a great believer in low response times, but as response times have started to drop below 16ms, even I have started to notice the benefit. Firing up the motion tests in DisplayMate showed a similar performance to that seen on the NEC MultiSync LCD1970GX, which is no bad thing. In fact, I’m actually considering upgrading my old 18in TFT at home now – I recently started using a 1600dpi gaming mouse from Logitech and I can definitely detect some lag when I’m playing fast first person shooter games like Counter Strike: Source.


It’s probably the NEC LCD1970GX that’s the main competition for a display like the VP191s, but they’re different beasts in many ways. The most obvious difference is the high-contrast gloss coating that the NEC sports. This makes games and video playback look superb, with strong vivid colours that almost come to life, but the downside is that some users could find the extra reflectivity distracting for day to day Windows work. The ViewSonic on the other hand is perfect for everyday work, but doesn’t quite have the same visual impact when you fire up a game.


Price wise, there’s not too much to separate the ViewSonic and the NEC, with the former available on the street for around £350, and the latter setting you back just over £370, so choosing really comes down to features.


I think if I was buying a monitor that was primarily going to be used for gaming, I’d probably go for the NEC LCD1970GX, but if you’re after something that’s going to be used as an all round display, while still being good for games the ViewSonic VP191s probably has the edge.


”’Verdict”’


The ViewSonic VP191s is a well featured 19in TFT monitor with a response time low enough to keep most gamers happy. Image quality is impressive, once the display is set up correctly, allowing this screen to excel in pretty much all areas. The market is hotting up in this arena, but it’s clear that the VP range can still hold its own against the ever improving competition.

Score


Score in detail

  • Image Quality 9
  • Value 8