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ViewSonic VP3881 38" Curved HDR Monitor Review: Professional sRGB

Conclusion

Only a handful of monitors can boast such precise and accurate out-of-box performance as the ViewSonic VP3881. With preset color modes that measure less than 1dE average grayscale error and just over 1dE average gamut error, there’s no question this display is a serious professional tool. And superb gamma tracking means that all color targets are met, not just the 100% saturation levels. Testing of the sRGB and Rec.709 modes yielded record results, all without calibration.

For those who do want to tweak, there are many ways to do it. And if you prefer a software solution, ViewSonic makes its Colorbration software and meter kit available at extra cost. But we suspect most will simply unpack the VP3881, select an appropriate color mode and get to work.

The VP3881's HDR support has both good and bad traits. On one hand, the HDR mode measures accurately in all our tests. The only thing missing is extended color. ViewSonic has chosen a highly accurate, but sRGB-limited panel here. This monitor won't quite reach the 80 and 90 percent DCI-P3 volume that many TVs support. We’d also like to see better contrast. While its native performance is on par with other IPS panels, it doesn’t use any dynamic features to make the HDR mode better. Image quality is only slightly improved. If you really want to see the effects of HDR, a VA screen will be superior.

Since the VP3881 is so accurate, we recommend it highly as a professional display. Rugged build quality will ensure its long-term service, and few monitors render sRGB color this precisely. But if you’re trying to meet the latest standards for HDR and extended color, it'll come up a little short.

Do a thorough assessment of your needs before committing. If sRGB works for you, then this ViewSonic should be your first choice.

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Christian Eberle
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.