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Exterior Design and Ergonomics

The monitor has a black glossy case and a rather elegant appearance:

Going around the case and splitting the stand in two halves, the silvery band adds a nice touch to this design. The VX2268wm would look much duller without it.

What I don’t like in this design is that the stand is too tall like in many other ViewSonic monitors. Ergonomics requires that your eyes be at the same level with the top edge of the screen (in this case you are looking down on the screen and your eyes are half-covered with your lids, which prevents your eyes from drying out and straining). If the screen is large and the stand is tall, you can only achieve this by sitting in a chair of an appropriate height, which is not always possible or convenient.

In the center of the front panel, right below the manufacturer’s name, there is a blue LED indicator of power. Fortunately, it is not very bright and not disturbing at work.

The monitor’s stand, like in most other modern home-oriented models, only allows to adjust the tilt of the screen. The adjustment range is rather small. However, you can take the stand off and replace it with a standard VESA mount to fasten the monitor to a wall or desk.

As opposed to the Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ, the ViewSonic has both analog and digital inputs. It must be connected via dual-link DVI interface in order to work at a refresh rate of 120Hz. An appropriate cable is included into the box. If you want to replace it, take note that you need a DL-DVI rather than a single-link DVI cable for this monitor.

To the left of the video inputs there is an audio connector: the VX2268wm comes with integrated speakers. Like other speakers of this kind, these are small and low-quality devices only suitable for Windows messages. A standalone speaker system is going to be much more appropriate for games.

The power adapter is integrated into the case.

The monitor’s controls are centered on the bottom edge of the front panel. They are not visible from the front but can be easily found by touch, being small, protruding and round. Unfortunately, their labels are pressed out in the black plastic and barely readable. You have to remember the function of each button by heart (by the way, the Menu and Choice buttons are labeled as “1” and “2” as is typical of ViewSonic’s monitors). There are only four buttons (plus a separately placed Power button), though, so this shouldn’t be a big problem.

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