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ViewSonic VX1940w

A new model from ViewSonic will make this review complete.

Its specs are quite ordinary for a modern monitor. A fast TN matrix and dynamic contrast, but what about the resolution? It is not a typo. The monitor’s native resolution is indeed 1680x1050 pixels, the same as that of 20-inch models. As a result, the VX1940w has a very small pixel pitch. Some people won’t like this (gamers will need a more advanced graphics card to play at the higher resolution, for example) but it is good to have the option of choice between the large pixel of classic 19-inch monitors, the medium pixel of widescreen 19-inchers (with a native resolution of 1440x900) and the small pixel of the VX1940w.

By the way, the manufacturer says the viewing angles are measured for a contrast ratio reduction to 10:1. This may be true. Of course, the screen gets dark when viewed from below, but the viewing angles of this model seem larger than those of regular TN-based monitors.

The monitor is not exceptional on the outside. It looks like a typical widescreen 19-incher. The black case with a slim bezel is nicely complemented with a light plastic band along the bottom. The monitor’s controls are placed in the center of that band. This exterior design will look good in both home and office environments.

The stand is very simple and only allows you to adjust the tilt of the screen. The stand may surprise you with its weight – there is a heavy metal plate in its sole to make the monitor steadier. You can replace the stand with a VESA-compatible mount if necessary.

The monitor has digital and analog inputs and a connector for the integrated power adapter at the back panel. The cables can be neatly laid behind the plastic clips.

The control buttons are the most questionable design element here. They are too small and too plain. They are also placed close to each other making you fear to press the central Power button accidentally. Besides blue highlighting, it doesn’t differ from the other buttons. Finally, ViewSonic’s traditional way of labeling the buttons (two arrows and two numbers) is inconvenient.

Quick access is provided to the brightness and contrast settings and to choosing the source of video signal.

ViewSonic’s standard menu is not exactly pretty or user-friendly but offers all the setup options you need.

The monitor has 100% brightness and 70% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit white by lowering both to 48%. If the contrast setting is increased above the default level, lights become indistinguishable from white. Color gradients are reproduced without banding at any settings. The brightness is regulated by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 240Hz.

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