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ViewSonic VA916

The VA916 represents ViewSonic’s entry-level series.

Its specifications are typical of modern inexpensive TN-based monitors. This market sector has been progressing, though. Nearly every new model now features dynamic contrast technology (but with a twofold brightness adjustment range as opposed to eightfold in top-end models). The viewing angles, the traditional sore spot of TN technology, have become wider, too. They are measured according to the relaxed method, though. If measured according to the classic method with a contrast ratio reduction to 10:1, the viewing angles would be 160 degrees.

The monitor has a black case with a gray band along the bottom. I find it rather boring. It will match an office environment well, but home users are likely to prefer something different.

The simple round plastic stand, providing tilt adjustment, isn’t exciting, either. There are a couple of cable holders at the back of the stand.

The monitor’s native stand can be replaced with a VESA-compatible mount.

The VA916 offers a minimum of connectors: an analog input and a connector for the integrated power adapter. I guess if a modern monitor comes with only one interface, the latter should be digital rather than analog.

Centered below the screen, the control buttons are unhandy. They are too small and the Power button is placed in their midst, so you can press it accidentally. Finally, virtually invisible icons are pressed out on the buttons. Coupled with ViewSonic’s traditional way of marking the buttons (with the numbers 1 and 2), this makes you control the monitor blindly. The only acceptable element here is the soft blue LED located near the Power button.

Quick access is provided to the auto-adjustment feature and to the brightness and contrast settings.

This is a typical ViewSonic menu. Neither pretty nor especially handy, it just offers every setting you need to control your monitor.

One peculiarity of this monitor is that it blocks the brightness and contrast settings if you select the sRGB mode.

The monitor has 100% brightness and 70% contrast by default. I reduced them both to 55% to achieve a 100nit level of white. Color gradients are reproduced without banding at any settings. There are no problems with darks, either. Lights are indistinguishable at a contrast of 80% and higher. The monitor regulates its brightness by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 323Hz.

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