After the BenQ LED monitor brigade’s impressive rendezvous with us, our meandering sights turn to another very popular LCD monitor brand: Viewsonic. This too comes with the hot LED tag, meaning it’s backlit by white LED. We have the 19 incher, called VX1932wm, so let's see if it can fit the bill.
Design and features
The monitor comes clad in a black glossy bezel, with the bottom panel containing the speaker and a frontal speaker grille. The stand is well designed with a dual surface consisting of a gloss strip running down the center, and matte finish on the 2 sides. This stand juxtaposes very well with the frame, and causes very little wobbliness. The tight finish impressed us, but there is no swiveling option; only tilting up and down is possible, for about 20 degrees. The bottom panel center is where all the action is, with a blue LED backlit power button, and 2 flat flush mounted push buttons on either of its sides.
The connections offered are one DVI-D and a VGA, with an EP 3.5mm audio in. The screen size is 19 inch diagonal, with 1440x900 native res. The rated contrast ratio is 1000:1, and response time is given as 5ms. Brightness is rated at 250 nits, and its funny because all the LED lit monitors that have come our way have been 250 cd/m2 rating. The sound output is a total of 4 watts. The panel is a TN panel, presumably, with 170 degree viewing angle.
We plugged in the monitor via the included DVI cable, and started off with Displaymate tests. Calibration options are limited, we selected the 6500K color preset and began with the regular battery. We also lined up Crysis for gaming and Ratatouille Blu-ray for watching.
The OSD comes up in the center, and is easy to navigate, plus it is prompt. The first thing to note is that the screen has a lag when going from an all black to bright scene. But the good point is the depth of the blacks. The lower range of luminance is really nice and the detail in low black levels is commendable. But the other end is not so good, we do not have the brightness that LED lights tout for themselves. The brightness is just like any other CCFL lit LCD.
Colors are pretty decent, in sRGB they are actually more accurate, but in the 6500K preset they have a nice saturation, they depict with vibrancy. LED backlights always claim better colors, and this monitor actually conforms. Motion surprisingly was not as clean as it should be, there was a bit of blur discernible in the game.
At an MOP of Rs. 7500, the monitor is priced alright for a 19-incher, but I must say I was expecting a little more juice in terms of candela output. Motion blur is present in quantities discernible by anyone seriously into video, but it’s not as serious as some claims running around. The panel should have been a bit brighter, then it would have been a superb buy, as pure black levels are impressive.
Published Date: Dec 12, 2009 09:58 am | Updated Date: Dec 12, 2009 09:58 am