You might already have guessed that there is little adjustability available here, with only tilt on the menu. But we won’t criticise ViewSonic too much for this, since it’s common at this price point and screen size.
The screen’s chassis, meanwhile, is shallow and smoothly curved, and VESA mounting holes at the rear are covered with discrete rubber plugs. Thus the VX1962wm looks fairly attractive from the back too, though its cables aren’t hidden. Speaking of which, cable management is rudimentary, with the usual weak plastic clip providing just about enough room for two wires to be routed through it.
Connectivity is fairly standard, consisting of VGA, HDCP-compliant DVI and 3.5mm audio to feed the monitor’s twin 3W speakers. To its credit, ViewSonic provides cables for each of these.
As already mentioned, the bezel is narrow even along most of the bottom, except for a bulge displaying the ViewSonic name, a small round blue LED which doubles as the power button, and the control buttons along the bottom edge. Before we get onto those, I just want to quickly mention the ViewSonic logo. Found in the top-left corner, the three birds are in my humble opinion by far the friendliest logo in the technology industry, and certainly the most colourful (they’re Gouldian Finches in case you were wondering – ed.).
Anyway, back to the buttons, these are of the physical kind, and are marked by unobtrusive icons at the monitor’s front. In fact, these are so unobtrusive that you’ll need very good light to even see them in. Thankfully, thanks to a logical layout you won’t need to. The first two buttons act as select and back, while the next two scroll between options. They also act as shortcuts, with the first calling up the OSD, the next switching between inputs, the next calling up volume, while the last grants access to brightness and contrast.
Funnily enough, considering the Iiyama ProLite E2207WS was the most recent monitor I’ve reviewed, this ViewSonic features an (initially) very similar OSD. It’s basic and small, but colourful and fairly logical. Options are quite extensive , including the usual adjustments such as sharpness and colour balance. But by far the most interesting ones are to be found under Manual Image Adjust.
Here you can switch Dynamic Contrast between the native 3000:1 and dynamic 6000:1, though as ever these figures should be taken with a generous helping of salt. You’ll also find aspect ratio controls, which allow you to switch between 4:3, Fill Aspect Ratio (intelligent stretch) or Full Screen (to be avoided since it might ‘cut bits off’ the image).
The most unusual adjustment concerns response time, which you can switch between Standard, Advanced and Ultra Fast. Ultra Fast takes the VX1962wm down to the usual 2ms gery-to-grey time, but there are cases where reducing overdrive is a good thing, as especially on 6-bit TN panels it can adversely affect image quality.