ViewSonic VX910 – 19in TFT Monitor - ViewSonic VX910 Review

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Below the ViewSonic logo on the front fascia, you’ll find the familiar five button control array. ViewSonic still insists on labelling its buttons 1 and 2 instead of Menu and Select, but this isn’t a huge problem once you get used to it. The 1 button will bring up the OSD and exit from it when you’ve finished making adjustments. The 2 button will select your options from within the OSD, while the up and down arrows let you navigate through the OSD. The options within the OSD are fairly standard, although there are a couple of nice touches like making the OSD window semi-transparent and enabling or disabling the “Resolution Notice” – this is a little window that pops up to tell you when you’re not running at the native resolution. The Resolution Notice is potentially useful to novice users, but can become annoying if you’re playing games below the native resolution.


So how did the VX910 perform? Well, scrutinising the screen using DisplayMate showed some issues. Looking at the 256 Intensity Level Colour Ramp showed that the VX910 had problems achieving a smooth transition from high to low intensity. Towards the lower intensity end there was definite banding in evidence in the colour ramp, while the greyscale ramp showed banding all the way to the high intensity end. The 256 Level Intensity Ramp showed similar results, with banding present across the whole screen, but getting worse towards the low intensity end. The Colour Scales test also proves to be difficult for the VX910, where it failed to uniformly fade at the end. With this in mind, the VX910 might not be the best monitor to choose if image editing is your main focus – it obviously has problems resolving smooth graduations in colour or greyscale spectrums.


In many ways, the VX910 is very much like the VP201s that was in the Large TFT Group Test – it has some problems under DisplayMate, but in general use it excels. Talking of general use, I’ve had this screen on my desk for the past couple of weeks, and I’ve been very happy with it. With a 16ms response time, even hardcore gamers should be pleased with its performance. I’ve been playing Counter Strike Source using this screen, and haven’t seen any lag or smearing problems. Likewise, watching video doesn’t faze the VX910 either.


So, the ViewSonic VX910 is a beautifully designed monitor with decent, but not perfect image quality. But when you factor in the price of £369 including VAT, this screen starts to look more attractive. It wasn’t that long ago that you would spend this much on a 17in monitor, and the Samsung SyncMaster 173p 17in unit still costs almost as much, all be it in a very stylish package. There’s no denying that the VX910 offers good value for money for the average user. Anyone who’s serious about image editing may have problems with the colour and greyscale graduations, but to be honest, anyone who’s serious about image editing is probably looking at a 20 or 21in screen.


”’Verdict”’


I like the VX910, but like so many things in life, it’s not perfect. The image quality isn’t quite what it should be, and the stand could do with some adjustment options. But all that said, what you are getting is a great looking monitor that’s good for everyday Windows work and entertainment duties, at a very reasonable price. Assuming you’re not going to spend too much time in Photoshop, the VX910 is worth considering.


”’Note”’


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Score


Score in detail

  • Image Quality 7
  • Value 9