On the front there’s one large silver power button, with the status light just below set into a black strip. This black strip is quite a nice touch, and provides a little balance to the otherwise entirely white exterior. OSD controls are situated on the outside of the right edge, with icons on the front. The buttons are noticeably more spread out than on older ViewSonic models, and are consequently easier to operate by touch alone.
Another key feature of this display is the inclusion of a 1.3-megapixel camera at the top, while there’s also a built-in microphone to the left of the power button. This makes it ready for video calls, video messaging and Skype, while the inherent adjustability of the display makes it easy to align when using the camera. It’s never going to be a defining feature, but it’s a useful thing to have and tidier than having a web cam hanging off the top of your monitor. The camera itself is of decent enough quality, though there is some minor flicker to be seen. The microphone, however, struggles to pick up speech from a normal seated distance without Mic Boost turned on. As such the audio quality is rather muffled, and for regular video messaging a proper headset would be essential.
This ViewSonic uses a TN panel, the cheapest of the various LCD technologies used on consumer products. As a general rule these panels boast good response times, but suffer from mediocre viewing angles – and this is the case with the VX2255wmh. A claimed 5ms off-on-off response time will please the box tickers, but colouration suffers at relatively minor angles and brightness drops off considerably beyond 45 degrees.
Other aspects of the panel specification are solid, but hardly outstanding. A quoted 700:1 contrast ratio is fairly average, as is the 280cd/m2 brightness rating. Connection wise things aren’t out of the ordinary either, with D-Sub and an HDCP capable DVI for video, a Line-in for audio and a headphone jack located on the right edge below the OSD control buttons. The audio quality from the headphone jack is pretty decent, though it’s placement on the right is somewhat misguided since the great majority of headphones have wires leading into the left cup. As result when using the headphone jack wires will trail across your keyboard, which is hardly ideal.
Package contents includes UK and European power cables, a VGA cable, DVI cable, Line-in cable with audio and microphone connections, a USB cable for the camera, Quick Start Guide and monitor drivers on CD. Nothing is missing that ought to be in there, and ViewSonic has been wise enough to make all the cables white to match the monitor. It’s worth noting that out of the box every surface of the glossy plastic finish is protected by clear plastic sheets, which must be removed individually. These obviously protect the monitor very well, but removing them all is rather time consuming and makes setting up the display a bit of a faff – better safe than sorry though.