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ViewSonic VP231WB

Do You Want a 16:9 LCD Monitor Now?
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While waiting for the new wide-format monitors from ViewSonic, here's our test of the VP231WB. It's an older model than the others we tested here, but it's still very much in the running, and it's clearly bred for video. And it makes no bones about its use of Overdrive to speed up response time. Considering ViewSonic's skills with that technology, gamers can start drooling. But will the VP231WB live up to its promise?

Diagonal measurement 23"
Native resolution 1920 x 1200
Contrast 500: 1
Brightness 250 nits
Latency 12 ms (GTG)
Colors NC
H/V viewing angles 170 / 170
Loudspeakers None
Connectivity VGA, DVI, S-Video, USB
Average price $1300
Design

The 231WB's design is similar to the other monitors in ViewSonic's VP (professional) line. It has the adjustable base with two forward feet that's become emblematic of the company's products. The plastics are just as robust and the assembly is careful, though the finish might lack a little refinement for some tastes.

Ergonomics

ViewSonic has experience, and it shows. The panel has height and tilt adjustments. The monitor has a portrait mode, though that doesn't seem essential for a wide-format monitor, unless you use it for medical imaging. Navigation in the OSD is simple thanks to the five small buttons on the lower part of the front panel. Overall, the VP231WB is a model of convenience. But note that once again, ViewSonic has chosen not to provide numbers on its adjustment cursors, which is just not understandable on a professional monitor.

Connectivity


In addition to DVI and VGA, connectivity is rounded out by a USB 2.0 hub. That's fine, but why the external transformer? It's as big as an egg carton and twice as ugly. For some reason, building the power supply into the back of the panel doesn't seem to be a common solution where 23" wide-format monitors are concerned - not a single manufacturer offers a built-in transformer.

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