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
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.
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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