The ViewSonic VE710s, one of the junior 17” LCD monitor models from ViewSonic, has a nice-looking silver-black case of a medium size. It takes somewhat more place on the desk because the base is stretched backwards. On the other hand, this ensures an excellent steadiness against overturns.
The base with a curious chrome-plated joint only allows adjusting the tilt of the screen. The monitor has an integrated power adapter (the power connector is partially covered with the monitor’s case, so it’s rather difficult to plug the cable in) and an analog video input with a fixed cable.
The ViewSonic VE710s is controlled with four buttons (plus a power-on button) located on the base just below the monitor’s case. The pressed-out labels on the metallic shiny buttons are hard to read, but it’s not very inconvenient due to the small number of the buttons. You use two buttons to move up and down in the menu, and the other two to enter and leave the menu.
The menu itself isn’t beautiful, but functional. Well, I personally prefer the menus of the new monitors from Samsung and LG, described earlier. The ViewSonic VE710s doesn’t have any presets like LightView or MagicBright, but the up and down buttons give you a quick access to brightness and contrast settings.
There’re five color temperature settings in the menu: “6500K” (the real temperatures are 6710K white and 8540K gray at this setting), “sRGB” (5610K white and 7660K gray), “9300” (9570K and 12,750K), “5400” (5810K and 6790K), and “User” (by default, the temperature of white is 6100K and of gray is 7470K at this setting). For some mysterious reason, the brightness and contrast settings are blocked if you choose “sRGB”, which makes this mode rather unusable (it suits for games and movies, but not for work).
The auto adjustment function worked without any problems. Smooth color gradients were displayed well, too.
To achieve a screen brightness of 100 nits, I selected about 50% brightness and 55% contrast (“about” because the monitor’s menu doesn’t tell the exact number). By default, the brightness is set to 100%, the contrast to about 75%. The brightness is controlled with power modulation of the backlight lamps at 220Hz frequency.
The gamma curves do not impress. All three colors live their own lives: red is down (it’s like gamma 2.6 compensation is used for it, rather than 2.2), green is closer to the theoretical ideal, and blue is so intensive that the monitor doesn’t distinguish between some light-blue tones, outputting them all as pure white.
The response time is better – the ViewSonic VE710s proved its having a 16ms matrix inside. Moreover, it is the second best (after the above-described SyncMaster 710T) in the black-gray response time (22ms at the maximum).
The contrast ratio was typical for TN matrixes at the high brightness (200..250:1), but grew to 500:1 at the reduced settings.
The ViewSonic VE710s looks very appealing for its price category (about $380 in retail): original exterior, good matrix speed, acceptable (or even excellent at some settings) contrast ratio. This monitor will look well as an office device or as an all-purpose home display.