ViewSonic VP2770-LED review

25 Oct 2012

A big, beautiful monitor, with sterling image quality at a very tempting price

Price when reviewed: 
587(£586 inc VAT)
Buy it now for 
5

Top-end monitors routinely cost well over £1,000, but the constant trickle-down of LCD technology has allowed manufacturers such as ViewSonic to push good-quality monitors into far more affordable territory. The most recent addition to its range, the VP2770-LED, aims to provide professional image quality across a massive 27in display for a very reasonable £586.

For that price, you’re getting a 10-bit IPS panel with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution that, due to the presence of white LED rather than RGB LED or CCFL backlighting, covers the sRGB colour gamut. Every model is colour calibrated at the factory, too, and ViewSonic claims every model will have a Delta E of below three. That’s an impressive claim for a 27in model at this price.

Viewsonic VP2770-LED - front

In keeping with its professional aspirations, the ViewSonic VP2770-LED is finished all in matte-black plastic and is poised atop a fully adjustable stand. The LED backlight allows for a relatively slim profile, but the huge claw-like stand takes up a large chunk of desk space. The benefit of this is stability, and the ViewSonic also provides 150mm of height adjustment plus the ability to swivel 90 degrees into portrait mode.

Connectivity is spot-on. There are D-SUB, DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and a four-port USB hub, which offers two USB 2 ports at the rear and two USB 3 ports on the right-hand edge. The onscreen display is rather basic, though. We’d rather ViewSonic had opted for normal clicky buttons rather than the occasionally unresponsive touch-sensitive buttons positioned on the display’s lower-right bezel.

Thankfully, there’s little need to fiddle. Indeed, turning the VP2770-LED on rewards with glorious image quality. The 2,560 x 1,440 IPS panel makes for a pin-sharp Windows desktop, and our X-Rite colorimeter delivered a clean bill of health, with a maximum brightness of 298cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 784:1, a colour temperature of 6,420K and a Gamma of 2.26. Colour accuracy is impressive, with an average Delta E of only 1.5 and a maximum peak of 2.5 – the VP2770-LED really does live up to ViewSonic’s claims.

Viewsonic VP2770-LED - ports

If there’s an obvious weakness compared to pricier 27in monitors, it comes down to backlight uniformity. We measured the brightness across 16 points on the VP2770-LED’s panel, and saw brightness peaking at 298cd/m2 along the upper edge and dipping as low as 252cd/m2 in the bottom-right corner. That adds up to an 18% variance, where most of the more expensive models we’ve looked at keep variance well within single figures.

At this price, though, it’s churlish to expect perfect backlighting or high-end features such as hardware calibration support to make the grade. ViewSonic has delivered on its promises: the VP2770-LED is a good-quality 27in monitor with fine colour accuracy, plenty of connectivity and a proper, adjustable stand. For only £586, that’s enough to earn it a well-deserved Recommended award.

Details

Price ex VAT £489
Price inc VAT £587
Overall rating 5
Image quality 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Main specifications

Screen size 27.0in
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 2560 x 1440
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 12ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 20,000,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.233mm
Horizontal viewing angle 178 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 178 degrees
Speaker type None
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 1
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support no
Upstream USB ports 1
USB ports (downstream) 4
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors 3.5mm audio passthrough

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied DisplayPort
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 38W
Idle power consumption 0W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle -5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 23 degrees
Swivel angle 120 degrees
Height adjustment 150mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? yes

Dimensions

Dimensions 648 x 348 x 470mm (WDH)
Weight 8.500kg

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