Next up were the DisplayMate monitor tests, which are always a thorough workout for a monitor and a great indicator of quality. In the Dark-Grey Scale the lack of sufficient contrast was very evident, with some quite severe compression on the darker end of the scale. A yellowish tint also appeared in mid-range shades, though this can sometimes be evened out. However, the White-Level saturation test also demonstrated a problem with grey colour tinting, with some of the lighter shades showing evidence of a blue tint – especially when in the sRGB colour mode. The brighter ends of the spectrum were predictably compressed, though not to the same extent as in the Dark-Grey Scale.
More worrying were the Colour Purity and Uniformity tests, which showed a distinct lack of consistency across the display. The extreme edges were noticeably shaded, while Dark Screen showed obvious backlight bleeding from the top and bottom of screen – particularly to the right of centre at the bottom.
Happily, the Colour Scales test was far more pleasing. The VX2255wmh still isn’t the most vibrant, but it produced the whole scale very well with good drop off at both ends of the scale and no discernible compression. This may make the ViewSonic a good choice for the amateur graphic artist who wants decent colour accuracy, but who can’t afford the excessively pricey professional panels such as the 26in NEC MultiSync Benny looked at back in April.
That said, even if this were the scenario the ViewSonic isn’t the best choice you can make. At this resolution – and we make no apology for harping on about this – Samsung’s 215TW is still the best deal by some margin. Although it’s an inch smaller than this ViewSonic, it’s not that noticeable and what you get is a monitor with superb image quality, superior viewing angles and colour accuracy, extensive adjustability and superb connectivity. Moreover, having been prohibitively expensive for a long time – for the record I bought it in January and it cost £370 – it’s now available for only £228, the same price as this display.
Ultimately, the Samsung 215TW once again overshadows a 22in display, and even if that weren’t the case, the VX2255wmh still isn’t the best 22in out there. Samsung’s 226BW trumps it in both attractiveness and image quality, while the HP w2207 which we’ll be reviewing shortly sports an even better design. It’s unfortunate for ViewSonic too because this isn’t a bad display, it’s just not as good as some of the competition at this price point.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7