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ViewSonic VA1916w

The VA1916w is the widescreen version of the VA916 model that belongs to the most inexpensive series of ViewSonic’s monitors.

There is nothing unusual in the specifications. Take note of the dynamic contrast mode (which leads to such a high specified number) that has become available in the cheapest monitors even.

The black square case with a gray band along the bottom looks boring and unexciting. It will do for an office environment but may seem too unexciting to home users.

The monitor has a simple plastic stand that permits to adjust the tilt of the screen only. There are two cable holders at the back of it. You can replace the monitor’s native stand with a VESA-compatible mount.

There is a minimum of connectors here: an analog input and a connector for the integrated power adapter. The digital interface is again missing to make the monitor cheaper.

The plastic buttons centered below the screen are the same as on the non-widescreen version. They are far from handy because they are small. The Power button is in the middle of the group and is prone to be pressed accidentally even though it has an integrated blue LED. The buttons’ labels are pressed out in the plastic, which makes them almost invisible. All of this is combined with ViewSonic’s traditionally unintuitive way of labeling the buttons as “1” and “2” instead of some more informative words or icons.

Quick access is provided to the automatic adjustment feature and to the Brightness and Contrast settings.

ViewSonic’s typical menu is neither pretty nor very user-friendly, but is free from obvious defects. There is one peculiarity about ViewSonic monitors: when you select the sRGB mode in the color menu, the Brightness and Contrast settings get locked.

The monitor has 100% brightness and 70% contrast by default. I lowered both to 56% to achieve a 100nit white. Color gradients are reproduced without banding. Lights and darks are distinguishable at any level of Contrast. The monitor regulates its brightness by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 266Hz.


The average nonuniformity of white brightness is quite high at 8.5% with a maximum of 20.2%. For black brightness the average and maximum are 4.9% and 14.0%, respectively. Fortunately, there are no conspicuously darker or brighter spots in either case, so this nonuniformity won’t be apparent.

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