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ViewSonic VA903b

The last model to be discussed in this review is a monitor from ViewSonic with a screen aspect ratio of 5:4.

A slow matrix with a specified response time of 8 milliseconds and viewing angles measured by the contrast ratio reduction to 5:1. Yes, this is yet another monitor from the low-end office-oriented sector.

The ViewSonic VA903b has a stern black plastic case standing on a round black base. The simple round buttons centered below the screen don’t fit well into the design concept and spoil the overall impression somewhat.

The stand is very simple, permitting to adjust the tilt of the screen only.

The decorative caps on the back panel hide mounting holes for a VESA stand.

The monitor offers a minimum of connectors: an analog input and a mains connector for the integrated power adapter.

As I said above, the controls are centered below the front panel. The Power button is in the middle of the group and is highlighted with a mild green light at work. The main problem about these controls is the way they are labeled. Instead of meaningful icons we have just Button 1 and Button 2, and the numbers are pressed out in the black plastic being barely visible as the result.

Quick access is provided to the auto-adjustment feature and to the brightness and contrast settings.

This is a typical menu of ViewSonic monitors. It isn’t exceptional in terms of design or usability, but offers all the options necessary to control the monitor. A characteristic feature, the monitor locks the brightness and contrast options when you select the sRGB mode, but does not set them at some specific values – it just keeps the values the user has selected before activating that mode.

 
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