Another plus point that I really liked is the 16:10 aspect ratio that allowed me to line up several windows side by side – a real boon when analysing small changes that have occurred in “before and after” image sets.
So in terms of performance there’s little to find at fault with this monitor – it’s a very remarkable bit of kit and it’s the first LCD I’ve seen to equal the colour performance and dare I say power consumption of a CRT. As for design, this is a little more simplistic with only four buttons situated on the front bezel. These cover power, left and right controls for navigation and brightness adjustment, plus menu access and exit. You’ll also find nestled within the OSD a setting for selecting the desired video signal, i.e. four stripes, four tiles, two video signals, or one video signal, plus an on/off function for colour management. Last but not least, the hefty external power supply will need to find a home somewhere around your desk.
As far as I am concerned the ViewSonic VP2290b out performs every LCD I’ve come across to date specifically when image quality is paramount. It’s simply awesome for static image manipulation and when married up to the 256MB Matrox Parhelia HR256 graphics board, there’s little to touch it. And to all the gamers and movie viewers out there you should look elsewhere – it’s simply not intended for you with its 50ms response time. The only issue is cost. At £4,641.25 for the VP2290b and £1761.33 for the Parhelia HR256, this setup is clearly the preserve of the well funded research institute or the individual with more than a passing interest in detailed imagery.
”’Note”’ Stay tuned for an updated price for the whole setup as one bundle.
Score in detail
Image Quality 10