Upon connecting the VX2255wmh and firing it up, initial impressions were low key. Just in general use it’s clear that this isn’t the most vibrant of displays, with an ever so slightly muted, washed out appearance. At the very least, though, it wasn’t badly calibrated or radioactively bright like the Dell 2707WFP or 3007WFP-HC were. This meant the only real calibration required was adjusting the brightness and contrast to get it just right.
This required entering the OSD, which is best described as functional. ViewSonic doesn’t seem to have updated the basic layout or appearance for a great deal of time and it does look a little dated compared to some. Still, regular ViewSonic customers will appreciate the consistency and it’s not pointlessly showy as some have become.
The full gamut of predefined colour temperatures of 9300k, 7500k, 6500k, 5400k and sRGB are available to select, while you can also adjust the colour as you see fit. Another useful feature of the OSD is a non-native warning, which tells the user when the display is set to a resolution that isn’t its native 1,680 x 1,050. Experienced users need not be concerned, it can be turned off, but for less experienced users it’s a nice touch – the support staff will certainly appreciate it.
Playing HD video content on the VX2255wmh proved a mostly pleasurable affair. Motion was predominantly smooth, with no appreciable ghosting during action scenes. Though by no means outstanding, the image produced was sharp and detailed enough to be pleasant to watch. Considering the price and target market one can’t ask much more than this, and general consumers should enjoy what they see.
If any specific complaint can be made it must be made of the black levels. Though not terrible, darker scenes tended to be slightly washed out and as such more challenging scenes lacked a little depth and atmosphere.
For gaming we first fired up Trackmania Nations, a fast and colourful racer which is both a good test for gaming performance and an after-hours office favourite. Again, the ViewSonic dealt with the motion very well though it wasn’t the most colourful rendition of the game we’ve ever seen.
For a more sinister gaming experience Quake 4 was the way to go. It’s hardly a classic, but its dark environments are another good test of a monitor’s abilities. In this case performance was sufficient, though uninspiring. The darkness of the environments was fairly well conveyed, but as with the HD video content there’s a distinct lack of depth and detail and the immersion suffers for it.