I remember my first job when I worked as a sound engineer. the recording studio I was working at was new and had all the latest equipment. And amongst all the glitter, lay my desk, which had two beautiful 17 inch ViewSonic LCD monitors along with my G5 and Protools rig. I barely knew anything about computer monitors, but was thrilled to have the twin display. Years later, I'm in a room with Viewsonic's LED monitor, the VX2250wm. Would it dazzle me and make me feel like I'm 23 again?
Lack of HDMI input maybe a dealbreaker for some

Lack of HDMI input maybe a dealbreaker for some

Design and Features
I was quite impressed when I pulled the monitor out if its box. It was glossy, jet black sleek and thin, with feather-touch menu buttons. The words 1080p and LED was written at the bottom left of the screen. My first instinct was to look at the back for connections. Surprise, surprise – no HDMI; only VGA, DVI and a 3.5 mm input for audio to the integrated stereo speakers. While most people think that HDMI and full HD screens go hand in hand, I decided to ignore the absence of the input and plough on. All you have to do is get an HDMI to DVI adapter and you can stop complaining about the missing input.

The lean, green picture machine

The lean, green picture machine

Setting up the monitor was very simple. All I had to do was fit the TV into the stand, and turn one screw, although the stand seemed a little flimsy, but strong enough to hold the TV up. The next step was to check out how easy it was to use. It took a little time for me to get used to the workings of the menu, as it is not very intuitive. They could’ve made it a little easier by just adding a ‘Menu’ button.

After plugging in the DV cable, and figuring out how the menu worked, and was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few options for adjusting the colour levels apart from user defined to 9300 Kelvin. Another handy feature is the Resolution Notice that tells you when to increase or decrease the resolution in accordance with what you are viewing.

Did I mention that this monitor is also environmentally friendly and saves up to 40 % more energy that a typical 22-inch monitor? There are 3 settings for energy saving: Standard, Optimise and Conserve, and I think the titles speak for themselves. 

Easy to set up – just turn the screw

One thing I think that ViewSonic could have added was a base that allows you to adjust the height and tilt the monitor. However, you can wall mount the monitor or use a VESA compliant stand to prop it up better.

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