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ViewSonic VP930

This monitor belongs to another product category than the model discussed in the previous section. ViewSonic positions its VP series as professional monitors for a fastidious user (but I wonder if they don’t count in processing complex graphics the VG series is meant for among professional tasks?)

The VP930 doesn’t look too impressive. It has a simple black-and-silver case with a large wide-stretching base. It lacks any decorations.

Still, we’ve got some high functionality here. You can adjust the height and tilt of the screen as well as to turn it into the portrait mode. And even though the many-legged stand doesn’t make the monitor look any more beautiful, it is a solid support indeed.

The monitor has three inputs, two ordinary analog D-Sub and one universal DVI-I. The point of this solution escapes me because almost all modern graphics cards have a DVI-I output and even barebones and mainboards with an integrated graphics core have begun transitioning to DVI, so the owner of this monitor is unlikely to have two computers with D-Sub outputs only. On the other hand, the extra connector doesn’t make things worse.

The monitor’s controls are placed in a row at the bottom of the monitor’s case and are designed in the traditional ViewSonic style. And in a rather user-unfriendly style, I should say. There’s a minimum of labels – just one character per button. Even though you quickly get used to regard the “2” button as switching between the inputs and the “1” button as entering the menu, it would be much easier to have them labeled as Input and Menu, respectively.

The menu is ViewSonic’s standard one. It is not very convenient, but remembers the last changed position (this is a traditional item in my pros and cons list). A slow reaction to your pressing the buttons is the main drawback of the onscreen menu.

 
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