As mentioned above, the monitor’s controls are located on the monitor’s own case and are practically inconspicuous against the gorgeous stand, being painted the same color as the monitor case. Not quite conveniently, the buttons lack labels while the tiny icons pressed out on them are barely readable. The Power button is highlighted with a very bright blue LED from above, which may become distracting at work. Quick access is provided to the brightness and contrast settings while the sound can only be controlled from the menu.
The menu looks just like many other menus. It is quite user-friendly.
So, what is the purpose of that docking station? Upon installing the driver and additional software, you can access the player as if it was connected to the computer via an ordinary USB cord. It is visible in the system as an external USB drive. Just don’t forget to turn the stand’s power on before doing all that.
You should also do the same to enable the subwoofer unless you want to hear only the standard sound of two tiny speakers. It’s somewhat strange that the external control adjust the subwoofer volume only rather than the volume of the whole sound system. Even if you set it at the maximum, you get some coloring of low frequencies that remotely sounds like true, yet is still far from full-featured bass. I don’t think anyone will lower the subwoofer volume.
These are just extra features, though. Let’s get closer to the monitor’s main job which is to display information. By default, the monitor has 100% brightness and 70% contrast. Setting a higher contrast you will lose details in lights. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white, you have to reduce the brightness and contrast settings to 53%. The monitor controls its brightness by modulating the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 240Hz.
The backlight is acceptably uniform. Color gradients and dark halftones are displayed properly whatever settings you select.
The gamma curves are set up rather shabbily. The curves differ from each other, so the colors won’t display correctly. The gamma value is obviously too high and the curves sag heavily, resulting in excessively high contrast. Reducing the contrast setting helps correct the issue somewhat, yet the curves remain sagging still.
The VX1945WM obviously has problems with the color temperature setup. While the temperature of white is quite close to the name of the corresponding mode, the dark tones are much colder than necessary. The difference between the light and dark tones amounts to 5000K in almost each of the modes, which is not acceptable. As a result, dark colors will have a noticeable bluish hue whatever color temperature mode you choose.
The color gamut is rather standard, but some red tones from the sRGB space are unavailable on this monitor.
The response time diagram is normal, just what you can expect from an RTC-less matrix. An average response time of 13.9 milliseconds with a maximum of 26.3 milliseconds. As always, most transitions take longer than the black-white-black transition the specified response time is measured by.
The contrast ratio is good, reaching 300:1. The max brightness is quite sufficient for a majority of users.
The ViewSonic VX1945WM is a special monitor. There is nothing extraordinary about it as a display device. It is rather inaccurately set up, offers few setup options, and has a slow matrix, but a high price. However, it may make a good monitor for lovers of the iPod as well as for those users who want their monitor to have as wide functionality as possible. You should choose it if the extra features offered by the VX1945WM outweigh its mediocre image quality in your eyes.