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The gamma curves go very close to each other and to the theoretical curve at the default settings.

When the contrast setting is reduced, the blue curve rises up somewhat in darks, but this doesn’t have a big effect on color accuracy.

Moreover, the monitor delivers nicely shaped gamma curves even at the maximum Brightness and Contrast. The blue curve is somewhat sagging, but that’s the only problem.

The color temperature setup is surprisingly good. The temperature dispersion is about 300K in every mode. Both warm and cold modes are available.

There is no tonal shift, either. The small deflection towards green cannot be noticed with a naked eye.

The color gamut is standard. There are no extended-gamut monitors in this review, so all of them produced the same color triangle.

The monitor’s response time is normal, too. The response time average is 15.4 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of 32.6 milliseconds. This is a typical result for a TN-based monitor.

The contrast ratio does not reach 500:1 but it is high enough at the 100nit settings (higher than with many other monitors). These distinctions cannot be spotted easily, however. They can’t be decisive for your shopping choice.

Thus, the ViewSonic VA1916w is just a regular inexpensive widescreen 19-inch monitor. Besides its low price, its surprisingly good setup is an advantage. But I doubt that it can make up for the dull exterior design and the lack of a digital interface.

Highs:

  • Low price
  • Good color reproduction setup

Lows:

  • Slow matrix
  • No digital input
  • No factory-set image modes
  • Nonuniform white brightness

Recommended usage:

  • Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Web)
  • Viewing and simple editing of photographs
 
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