ViewSonic VX2268wm review

25 Sep 2009

It may be the best 120Hz monitor, but don't expect quality on a par with standard, cheaper TFTs

ViewSonic VX2268wm
Price when reviewed: 
254(£254 inc VAT)
4

Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision technology may have widened the eyes of gamers, but the promise of blasting through the jungle in its 3D glory doesn't come cheap. In addition to the essential active-shutter glasses kit, you'll also have to factor in the cost of a 120Hz TFT monitor, such as ViewSonic's VX2268wm.

If you're already tempted by the lure of 3D, ViewSonic has done a good job of ensuring your first look at its monitor should get a positive reaction. The VX2268wm is a good-looking piece of kit, and its teardrop-shaped base, slender neck and shapely curves effortlessly outdo its sole 120Hz rival, the frumpy looking Samsung 2233RZ.

The ViewSonic celebrates another victory over the Samsung when it comes to inputs - as well as a DVI port, the ViewSonic adds VGA and an audio input, too. The speakers, not surprisingly, are pretty mediocre, but although the VGA input isn't capable of taking advantage of the ViewSonic's 120Hz refresh rate, it's a useful addition for hooking up a secondary PC.

Once Windows springs into life, however, it's hard to become too excited. The ViewSonic's forte is gaming, and 3D gaming at that, but its image quality isn't exactly what you'd expect from a £221 monitor. There's backlight bleed visible along the bottom and left-hand edges of the display, and while the images it produces are bright, the colour reproduction is wayward.

Compared to the best standard 22in monitors around, it's a big disappointment, but put it up against Samsung's 2233RZ and, again, it holds the edge. Skintones are much warmer and more lifelike than the pale, anaemic Samsung, and games look that bit more vibrant and eye-catching as a result.

What's more, it isn't just Nvidia's 3D Vision that benefits from the 120Hz refresh rate. Where standard LCD monitors are restricted to 60Hz, and thus 60fps, real gaming enthusiasts will appreciate the extra fluidity that a monitor capable of 120fps can bring.

Look long and hard at the price at the top of the page, though, and it's difficult to wholeheartedly recommend the ViewSonic. With 3D-capable projectors also on the scene, the ViewSonic may not be the best GeForce 3D Vision option for long; for now it's just about worth the outlay for true gaming enthusiasts. But, when vastly superior standard 24in monitors are available for less money, we're left unconvinced.

Details

Price ex VAT £221
Price inc VAT £254
Overall rating 4
Image quality 4
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 3

Main specifications

Screen size 22.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 3ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.282mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type Stereo
Speaker power ouput 4W
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 1
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors None

Accessories supplied

Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 49W
Idle power consumption 1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings 5,000K, 6,500K, 7,500K, 9,300K, sRGB

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 0 degrees
Height adjustment 0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no

Dimensions

Dimensions 509 x 203 x 441mm (WDH)
Weight 5.800kg