ViewSonic VP2365wb review

17 Dec 2010

The ViewSonic VP2365wb delivers useful features and stunning image quality for sensible money

Viewsonic VP2365wb
Price when reviewed 
193
5

Viewsonic advertises its VP2365wb as a professional display, so were absolutely gobsmacked when we saw the price. At only £164, it's the cheapest 1,920 x 1,080 23in IPS-based monitor we've seen.

Next to some of its pricier competitors, though, the VP2365wb looks entirely utilitarian. The all-black, matte plastic finish is hardly luxurious and the buttons below the screen look distinctly old hat.

However, Viewsonic has crammed in a respectable array of features for the money. The stand swivels and rotates into portrait mode, rises up and down by 150mm and, although a little wobbly at full extension, it works well enough. In fact, the only thing missing from the features list is a DisplayPort input. Instead, there's D-SUB, DVI and a four-port USB hub.

Once the VP2365wb fires into life, you're unlikely to be worrying about the build quality. Images burst forth with natural colours and lots of detail, while the E-IPS panel delivers wide viewing angles, deep blacks and impressive contrast. The backlight is even, too, and there's precious little backlight bleed.

Viewsonic VP2365wb

When we tested it with our X-Rite colorimeter, the VP2365wb put in an equally impressive display. At its default settings, an average Delta E (colour accuracy - the lower the better) of 2.6 and a maximum of 6.3 is a great result. Only the gamma, at 2.0, and the colour temperature of 6,998k are a little outside the ideal.

Switching to the User Color mode and leaving the Red, Green and Blue controls set to 100 made a measurable difference. The slight blue tinge all but disappeared, and further measurements proved as much, with the gamma rising to 2.1, colour temperature dropping to 6,900k and the average Delta E improving to an excellent 1.9.

This is a stunning performance, with only one notable issue: a tendency for the Viewsonic's greyscale tracking to almost crush the darkest greys into black. In the darkest scenes of The Thing on Blu-ray, the VP2365wb seemed to lose a little detail compared to its pricier competitors.

Otherwise, the Viewsonic VP2365wb is a great choice. Not only does it partner a fully adjustable stand with superb image quality, it's also one of the vanishingly few monitors on the market which ships with a zero pixel-defect warranty. At this price, that makes it a stunning deal.

Details

Price ex VAT £164
Price inc VAT £193
Overall rating 6
Image quality 5
Features & Design 6
Value for Money 6

Main specifications

Screen size 23.0in
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 14ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Horizontal viewing angle 178 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 178 degrees
Speaker type N/A
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type none

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 1
USB ports (downstream) 4
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors none

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 45W
Idle power consumption 1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings sRGB, 9300k, 7500k, 6500k, 5000k, User Colour RGB
Extra adjustments Information, Sharpness, dynamic contrast

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 360 degrees
Height adjustment 150mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? yes
Bezel width 19mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 564 x 261 x 418mm (WDH)
Weight 5.100kg