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ViewSonic VP231WB

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 measurement23"
Native resolution1920 x 1200
Contrast500: 1
Brightness250 nits
Latency12 ms (GTG)
H/V viewing angles170 / 170
ConnectivityVGA, DVI, S-Video, USB
Average price$1300


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.


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.


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.