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ViewSonic VG2030wm

Another inexpensive but full-functionality model ends this review. It is manufactured by ViewSonic.

According to the specs, the VG2030wm is the only monitor in this review to have viewing angles as narrow as 160 degrees and a contrast ratio below 1000:1. The numbers may not be very accurate, though. As I wrote above, the smaller specified viewing angles may be the consequence of the lower specified contrast ratio (because of the measurement method employed). You’ll see the real contrast ratio of the monitor shortly.

The VG2030wm is a tall monitor. A very tall one. If you don’t have a very low desk or a very high chair, do not buy it just for this reason alone. According to the requirements of ergonomics, your eyes should be level with the top edge of the screen or higher so that your sight was directed downward. The eyes are half-covered by the lids then and do not dry out. That’s a very important thing because we tend to blink less frequently when working and the drying-out of the surface of the eyes makes them sore.

I personally could not really adjust myself to the VG2030wm during the few days of my tests. I have an ordinary office desk and a good office chair with height adjustment but this monitor was still too tall for me.

The stand allows to adjust both the tilt and the height of the screen but the height adjustment varies from “high” to “very high” (180 to 255 millimeters from the desk to the bottom edge of the matrix). Compare this to the bottom limit of 70 millimeters the above-discussed monitors from NEC and Samsung have.

The reasons for such a solution are unclear. Yes, the integrated speakers add more height to the monitor, yet there is a large enough gap between them and the desk even in the bottommost position of the screen.

You can get rid of the default stand replacing it with a VESA mount.

The monitor has both analog and digital inputs, and a line audio input for the integrated speakers.

The control buttons are not quite good. They are placed on the right side of the case (but some users have the system case or stereo speakers placed right next to the monitor) and are also too small. The buttons are too close to each other while their labels are pressed out in the black plastic and are almost unreadable. Moreover, these labels follow ViewSonic’s tradition of being just numbers instead of comprehensible text such as “Menu/Exit” and “Select”. It is quite a bother to set the monitor up as the result.

Quick access is provided to the brightness and contrast settings, to switching the inputs, and to turning the integrated speakers off.

The single button you can find on the front panel is a large chrome Power button with a super-bright LED inside. This LED is always shining right into the user’s eye.

The menu is ViewSonic’s standard one. It is not very handy but contains all the necessary options. The only option that is present in the above-discussed monitors but missing in this one is the selection of an interpolation variant for non-native resolutions.

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