ViewSonic VX1962wm - 19in Premium LCD - Viewing Angle, More Tests and Conclusion

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ViewSonic VX1962wm - 19in Premium LCD
VX1962wm Features and Specifications
Testing ViewSonics 19in VX1962wm
Viewing Angle, More Tests and Conclusion

Viewing Angle Tests:

ViewSonic claims that the VX1962wm has a viewing angle of 170° Horizontal and 150° Vertical.  It didn't take long to see that the viewing angle was indeed a bit restrictive.  When viewing from more than 20 - 30 degrees from the top or bottom, the image quality degraded quite quickly.  While you can still see the image at a greater viewing angle - and likely up to 150 degrees, the quality is quite poor when viewed at more than 30° up or down = 60°.  Horizontally was a bit better, but still wasn't all that impressive.  This LCD seems to be made best for a single user - the person at the keyboard.

 Straight On
Straight On
 From Above
From Above
   
From Below
From Below
 From Side Angle
From Side Angle

 

The camera doesn't really do it justice and although the angle indeed has some major issues, the color and clarity of the screen is actually quite good when viewed straight on.

 

Performance - Text:

The majority of my use and is text and internet browsing and I used the VX1962wm in this regard as a secondary display on my main computer for a few days and was very pleased with the overall text quality.  Because the resolution on this 19" unit is the same as most 22" units, the text will appear a bit smaller due to the tighter pixel pitch.  I'm a guy who doesn't mind small text and uses my 30" LCD at native 2560x1600 which in turn has a similar pitch to the 19" ViewSonic.

For general text and internet use, this LCD is great and would be fantastic for a desk or office that doesn't have a lot of room and still needs some nice 1680x1050 desktop space.

 

Performance - Video:

I didn't have much time to watch movies, but I did make sure to watch some of my favorite scenes from Live Free or Die Hard and Shrek 3.  Both of these movies play back great on this LCD and there is very little to no color banding.  In action movies there is absolutely no ghosting or blurring and playback is very good.

 

Performance - Gaming:

I'm spoiled when it comes to gaming on LCD displays.  I currently use a 30" Samsung 305T or a 245BW and am used to having things larger and running at higher resolutions than the VX1962wm can offer.  When playing CoD4 on the 245BW recently I've gotten kicked off for cheating because I watch for movement, and muzzle flashes on the larger display.  On the 19" 1680x1050 unit from ViewSonic I never got kicked for cheating.  My game style is enhanced by a large display and the 19" unit takes away a bit of my "edge".  That being said, there is absolutely no ghosting and gaming is crisp, vivid and flawless on the VX1962wm - just a little smaller than I like. 

 

Misc. Testing - Power Consumption & Speakers:

The last test I ran was to see how much power this monitor consumed.  In comparison to larger displays such as the 275T LCD, this monitor is very eco-friendly.  At maximum brightness it consumes ~37W and when adjusted properly with the Spyder it draws a mere ~27W.  To get maximum brightness you'll burn an extra 37% more power.

I didn't have much hope for the integrated speakers, but to complete the review I plugged them in and game them a listen.  I was actually shocked that they sounded as well as they did.  They lack anything resembling bass, but they are quite clear and have a generous volume range for built-in speakers.  For general office use, listening to internet radio and sharing video clips with your buddies, they are more than adequate. 


Conclusion: 

While this monitor is smaller in size that some of you may initially be thinking about purchasing, give the VX1962wm a second thought.  It's only 19" but the fine pixel size allows this display to produce a 1680x1050 resolution.  Other 22" LCDs also run at this resolution and don't look as good because the pixel size and gap is larger to make the resolution stretch the extra three inches.

There are many desktop situations that don't allow for a big display and the ViewSonic VX1962wm is probably one of the best choices for this situation.  It has good color accuracy, integrated speakers that actually work quite well and inputs for both DVI and D-Sub connections.  The contrast ratio is a little weak, but there is no ghosting, tearing or other anomalies related to poor response time.  The 2ms (gtg) and 5ms (bwb) response time is speedy and shows excellent performance.

Pros:

  • Fast 2ms (gtg) / 5ms (bwb) response time
  • DVI and D-Sub inputs
  • Built-in speakers that work without rattle
  • Pivot Stand
  • High resolution for 19" wide display
  • Accurate color and good image quality

 

Cons:

  • Low contrast ratio
  • Finish is very prone to scratches and finger prints
  • Priced similar to 22" displays


 BCCRating

 

I'd like to thank ViewSonic for sending out the VX1962wm LCD.  Even thought it didn't earn a top pick due to some performance issues and pricing, it is still a good display and worth purchasing if you don't have space for a larger 22" unit.  This display packs all the features of larger units in a nice small package.

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