The screen menu is, on the contrary, more modest than with the VP171s. It now has a two-color and less convenient interface (for example, the VP171s had the brightness and contrast sliders on one menu page, while the VX715 has them in two different pages you should switch between with the “2” button). The sliders still don’t have numeric values, and the rest of the settings have remained the same. Quick access is provided to the brightness/contrast settings and to switching between the inputs.
100nit brightness of white is achieved by choosing about 30% brightness and 60% contrast. By default the brightness and contrast settings are set at 100% and 75%, respectively.
I think I should tell you about the problems I had with the auto-adjustment feature. When the monitor was connected via the analog interface, I had to launch this feature two or three times in a row to get rid of noise in the image completely. Of course, you can use the manual adjustment if you want.
The color curves look superb at the default settings (maybe the red component is somewhat lower than necessary). And they even become better at the reduced brightness and contrast – the level of red goes up to become closer to the theoretical curve and the monitor reproduces the entire dynamic range, from darkest to lightest color tones.
The monitor proved to be rather slow. Well, it has a specified response time of 25 milliseconds, i.e. the employed matrix is rather old. The maximum pixel rise time is about 10 milliseconds higher than the average result of more advanced “fast” matrices. On the other hand, the difference of 10 milliseconds is less than 1.5 times while the specifications differ by a factor of 2 or 3 (25 milliseconds against 12 or 8 milliseconds of modern matrices).
At last I see a monitor challenge the TN+Film models from Samsung in the contrast ratio parameter. It is 300:1 at the maximum and never goes below 200:1 with this monitor.
So, the ViewSonic VX715 has only two noticeable drawbacks: its tall prop may be inconvenient if the monitor stands on a high desk, and its matrix is rather slow (but still, it will suit nicely for watching movies and even playing a majority of games, so the VX715 may make a good home monitor). The advantages of this model are a good contrast ratio and an accurate reproduction of colors.