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Comparison: Seven 21" and 22" CRT Monitors

ViewSonic G810, Continued

Apart from its little refresh rate weaknesses, the G810 has an image quality that is not at all bad for a Shadow Mask tube. Obviously the result is a bit dull compared to a DiamondTron, but acceptable nonetheless. Brightness and contrast are adequate, and color rendering is in the average scale for a tube of this type, so nothing negative there. A good point is that there is absolutely no moiré.

As for geometry, with a shadow mask the screen is not going to be really flat, and actually definitely curves at the edges. This affects the evenness of the image, and it is best not to use the whole screen so as to reduce the effect. There are four buttons on the front to control the OSD, which is fairly well-designed, complete, and easy to use.

All in all, the G810 is a good monitor for its price. We just wish its electronics had that bit more power to reach 85 Hz in 1600 x 1200. It is better than the c1035 for image quality and shielding, but to really appreciate the difference, it ought to be a bit cheaper.