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All-Pro LCDs Part 2

ViewSonic VP231WB

This is the last of the professional 23" 16:9 monitors we tested. Older than the other models, it's still very much in the running and makes its video vocation clear. And it openly uses the Overdrive technology to speed up response time. Considering what ViewSonic is capable of in this area, gamers should be smacking their lips. Will the VP231WB live up to its promises?

ViewSonic VP231WB
Diagonal measurement23"
Native resolution1920 x 1200
Contrast500: 1
Brightness250 nits
Latency12 ms (Gray to Gray)
ColorsNC
H/V viewing angles170/170 (H/V)
LoudspeakersNone
ConnectivityVGA, DVI, S-Video, USB
Average price$1,600 (1,800 euros)

Design And Finish

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. Obviously the finish might appear just a bit rough, especially compared to the Apple Cinema, but overall the ViewSonic's design and finish are well above average.

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 unfathomable for a professional monitor.