As much as we might complain about CRT monitors being old, boring and power inefficient, there’s one thing many will agree – CRTs displayed colours beautifully and they had great contrast ratios. We might think that we’re better off with our fancy new 22-inch LCD screens with their miniscule response times and monstrous contrast ratios, but the fact remains that manufacturers are only trying to match CRTs.

The VP2655wb takes up a lot of room

The VP2655wb takes up a lot of room

Cheap TN panels are all over the place these days and pretty much every LCD monitor in the market today is based on them. Those aware and are particular about colour reproduction will look for something better and they’ll probably come across the product we’re reviewing today – the 26-inch Viewsonic VP2655wb.

The Viewsonic VP2655wb uses a 1920×1200 resolution IPS panel, which is of the 16:10 aspect ratio instead of the usual 16:9 displays you find. The larger aspect ratio means you get a little more vertical workspace which would be useful while browsing since pretty much every web page is longer than wider. Movie buffs might want 16:9 displays but how many of the movies you watch today are really 1:1.78? They’re often 1:2.4 or somewhere in that range, so you still get the black bands at the top and bottom of the frame.

Only the basic connectivity options are present on the VP2655wb

The display only comes with a DVI and a D-Sub port. For a display of this sort, we could’ve used an additional DVI or HDMI port. There’s USB connectivity as well, so you can use four ports to connect flash drives and other devices to it. The location of the ports is at the bottom of the display so quick accessibility is bound to be a problem.

The display comes with a height-adjustable stand design which also swivels and rotates. It’s welcomed, since it makes the portrait view possible. The motion isn’t as fluid as on a high-end NEC display for example. Still, the feature itself is pretty rare to find on monitors these days.

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