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ViewSonic VX2235wm Multimedia Display22-inch HD Widescreen display with 1680 x 1050 max resolution
For those of you looking to upgrade your computer displays, several things have changed a bit over the last few years. First, the prices of LCD displays, like most technology driven products (except the Toyota Prius), have dropped considerably. Second, today's prices get you more LCD real estate. While 15-inch LCD displays have been the norm for budget systems, and 17-inch models prevalent in many households, the larger, 20-inch displays and up continue to impress. And none is more so than the mammoth 22-inch models currently vying for your hard earned dollars.
The days of the $699 20-inch display have been relegated largely to just a few companies pushing graphic intensive purposes. More inexpensive, yet equally compelling models have come to market that offer good to very good image quality for less than half the price found on displays of just a year ago. And these models often support high definition video capabilities that people want access to. The ViewSonic VX2235wm is one such LCD display. The VX2235 is a 22-inch HD widescreen multimedia display that outputs widescreen 1680 x 1050 resolution, includes multimedia stereo speakers, all in a black or gray encased bezel. It ships with an audio cable and VGA and DVI video cables and is PC/Mac compatible. The unit weighs in at 13.2 lbs and is 20-inches wide by 9.6 inches tall.
|The ViewSonic VX2235wm is available in sliver or black glossy finishes.|
The ViewSonic VX2235wm ($399) offers a 700:1 contrast ratio, a 5ms response time to support digital HD "broadcast-quality" video, and 1680 x 1050 widescreen resolution. It supports a scanning frequency of 30~82kHz horizontal and 50~85Hz vertical, and a 170°/160° horizontal/vertical viewing angle with a 10:1 contrast ratio.
I tested the VX2235wm on an AMD dual core home brewed computer running an NVIDIA GeForce 7600GS graphics adapter. The VX2235wm supports both analog (VGA) and digital (DVI) ports, and ships with both cables to ease the user experience. The VX2235wm output very bright images in all corners of the display, and the colors were fairly crisp. Working with Adobe Photoshop, or any other image editing application, and the VX2235wm enables you to view significantly larger images without having to scroll so much, plus you have the added benefit of having your tool palettes more readily available, without having to minimize them as often as you would with a smaller display. Anyone editing digital images should consider a larger display than a standard 19-inch model. In addition, you can have two programs open at the same time, as shown in the image below. You can easily click between two applications with this configuration.
|You can have two applications open side by side with the VX2235wm.|
Using the VX2235wm as the principal display for a Media Center PC, the output was good to very good for the most part, but looked almost unrealistic when watching Sunday Night Football. The picture clarity watching the football games is very sharp, almost too sharp for its own good. The players had an unrealistic, almost computer rendered look to them, probably due to the fact that they were being rendered on the computer before output to the screen. Don't read into it too much, as the game was really sharp, as were the colors, and there was no noticeable lag given the fact that the TV signal was run through a computer before it hit the display, it just had a different look to it than what you'd expect from a regular TV. With games, the newer widescreen enabled games play just fine, while older legacy games tuned for 4:3 aspect ratios will look stretched.
The VX2235wm is adjusted via a pair of buttons on the front of the bezel, housed on the left and right side of the on/off button. Button 1 gives you access to contrast, brightness, input select, audio, adjust color, adjust information, manual image adjust, setup menu and memory recall. You toggle between the adjustments with the up and down arrow buttons, located on the right side of the on/off button. When you arrive at the control you wish to adjust, press button number 2, which enables you to make the adjustments. The only issue with the screen adjustment buttons are due to their physical size. They are flush with the monitor bezel, making them difficult to push down and adjust.
There are several features that can be enjoyed with the purchase of the ViewSonic VX2235wm. The price, at $399 list is right for a display of this size, as is the warranty, which is three years. Most other display manufacturers offer less than a three year warranty. The drawbacks to the display are the screen adjust buttons which are too small and too flush mounted into the front bezel to easily access. More often, you need to either use your fingernail or perhaps a minuscule pointing device to make the changes, but since you are pushing up to three buttons to make an adjustment, it can turn into a hassle fairly quickly. The fit and finish of the VX2235wm is fairly superb, probably due to the fact that this unit is made in Taiwan versus China or Mexico, where most displays are made these days. On a personal level, items made in Taiwan just seem to be better built, even though manufacturing plants go through the same ISO 9001 certifications in other countries.
The speakers built into the bezel are basically, and almost always have been, a bust. ViewSonic was one of the first display manufacturers to offer built in speakers in the mid 1990s, and they continue the tradition well into the better half of the 000 decade, and it causes one to wonder why. They are good for perhaps a webcast show or Internet video, but for music or watching movies, even the cheap speakers that ship with most home PCs are better. Another no show are USB ports. The VX2235wm has none either on the front, the side, or the stand. Did I forget to mention that the VX2235wm can be mounted on a wall? For the price, the VX2235wm is a good all purpose display that will fit nicely onto any desk. Highly Recommended. For more information, visit www.viewsonic.com
John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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