The central column has three cable tidies – as with the previous VP monitors, these do a good job of keeping your cables in check. However, I did find that when I tried to pull a cable free, the tidy came out of the column – it was easy enough to put back in though.
Connection options are generous for a 19in 1,280 x 1,024 monitor. At the rear you get one DVI port and two D-SUB ports – this means that you could connect three PCs to this screen and switch between them. There’s a one button input-select on the front fascia, so you can easily switch between inputs. Also at the rear is a standard power connector and a “hard” power switch.
The silver bezel surrounding the screen is slim and has a nice rounded finish to it. As usual, branding is subtle with a ViewSonic logo in the bottom left corner, the model number in the top right and the trademark Gouldian Finches in the top left.
There are five buttons on the front fascia. The power button is self explanatory, while the 1 button will bring up the OSD, The two arrow buttons will then navigate through the OSD, while the 2 button will make selections. The 2 button also doubles as an input select button, while pressing either arrow button while not in the OSD will bring up the Contrast adjustment.
Unlike many of the super-low response time monitors that have hit the streets recently, the VP930 uses a proper 8-bit panel – that means you’re getting the full 16.7 million colours as opposed to 16.2 million. ViewSonic quotes an 8ms grey to grey response time, which equates to 20ms using the old off-on-off measurement. To be honest though, I don’t really put too much stock in response time – I play a lot of games and I’d be hard pushed to see any difference between a 4ms and 16ms display. In fact I played several games on the VP930 and it performed brilliantly, but to be fair that’s not what the VP range is all about.