The average white brightness uniformity is 6.5% with a maximum of 21.3%. For black, the average and maximum are even higher at 8.4% and 29.3% respectively. In both cases the bottom center of the matrix is brighter than the rest of the screen. This can be seen quite easily on a black background. I guess such high brightness uniformity is a problem. It may be annoying for the user.
The gamma curves are close to each other and to the theoretical curve at the default settings.
The value of gamma is lower at the reduced settings and the curves lie somewhat higher than necessary. The problem is not big, though.
The color temperature setup is good. The temperature dispersion is within 500K in every mode. The selection is wide enough for every user to choose the color temperature he prefers.
The color gamut is absolutely standard.
The response time average is 13.0 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of 22 milliseconds. Yes, this is yet another TN-based monitor without response time compensation.
The brightness and contrast ratio are good. I don’t think any user will ask for more.
So, the ViewSonic VA916 might be called an inexpensive monitor with unassuming design if it were not for two things. First, it has a surprisingly high quality of color reproduction setup. Second, its backlight brightness is far from uniform, especially on black. I guess this drawback outweighs the advantage. After all, color reproduction is not the main factor for choosing an inexpensive monitor because the small viewing angles of TN matrixes limit such an advantage anyway. And besides good color reproduction, this monitor has nothing else to offer.
- Good color reproduction
- Low uniformity of backlight brightness, especially with black
- No digital interface
- No factory-set image modes
- Slow matrix
- Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Web)