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ViewSonic Overdrive LCDs: A New Era of Very Fast Panels?

Design: Carbon Copies

The design, common to the VP191b and VP192s, is quite attractive. The edges of the panel bezel are thin and the adjustable base gives the monitor an appealing look. The overall finish is good, though there's nothing special about the plastics used. Each of the two models is available in silver-gray or black.

Ergonomics

The two monitors are identical in this department too. The base is adjustable for height. The panel has a comfortable range of tilt adjustment and a pivot mode, which always comes in handy. The OSD is well designed and practical. Still, we would have preferred to have numeric adjustments in terms of percentage for the brightness, contrast etc. ViewSonic has a long-standing bad habit of not showing the percentage of the adjustment; you have to count the graduations on the cursor on the screen, which makes life very difficult for those of us who do tests.

Equipment

Here again, everything is identical. Both models have the same triple connectivity - 2 VGA, 1 DVI. Having double VGA/DVI connectivity is justified, but the interest of having a second VGA connector is debatable. But then, why not? If you happen to have three computers at your house, you'll save a lot of space. The transformer is built into the monitor on both units.

So far, then, there's no difference between the two models; they're attractive, well designed and very ergonomic.