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A good (not great) monitor with 2 flaws
on December 4, 2012
I've been a ViewSonic monitor fan for years due to their quality craftsmanship and decent tech support with frequently updated monitor drivers for all Windows versions.
I bought this 24" widescreen monitor at a discounted Cyber Monday price to upgrade an older 17" Viewsonic 4:3 monitor. Setup was easy: Attach the base to the monitor (no tools required), plug in the power cord, video cable (DVI in my case) and 3.5mm audio cable, and you're set to go.
The first flaw appeared immediately when booting up my Intel motherboard-based PC:
This monitor is very slow to resume from standby mode.
When booting or rebooting an Intel motherboard (or most name-brand motherboards), there's a manufacturer splash screen that allows you to hit a function key to go into the BIOS, or select from other boot devices, or boot from the network, etc., etc.
From the time this monitor first receives a video signal, it takes 1-2 seconds to come out of standby (power LED goes from amber to blue), it displays the ViewSonic logo for 2-3 seconds, remains black for another 2-4 seconds, and then displays either the Windows boot menu (if configured) or the Windows boot screen. During this process, you can hear the motherboard's post-POST beep, but you never see the Intel logo screen, making it difficult to know when to hit a function key to bypass the normal boot routine. This is important to me as a developer, as I frequently install and test new operating systems and need to make BIOS and boot changes.
My previous 17" monitor didn't have this problem. The Intel logo appeared within 2 seconds of power-on.
The ViewSonic 22" VA2212M-LED monitor I borrowed from my office (several bought at the same Cyber Monday sale) also didn't have this problem and displayed the Intel logo just as quickly as the 17" monitor.
I'm aware that there's a BIOS setting on Intel motherboards that can insert a 5-10-15-20-30 second delay to the boot process (to allow older disk drives to spin up) that can be used to compensate for this problem, but it's not practical to have to wait that extra time every time you boot or reboot the system.
The second flaw appears when trying out the admittedly marginal built-in speakers:
Even though they're rated at 2W each, they're inferior to the ones built-in to my previous 17" monitor. The volume level never rises above what I'd consider medium, even when cranked up to 100 on both the monitor and in Windows.
They're also inferior to those on the 22" monitor, which are rated at 1.5W each.
The touch controls on the bottom right are slick, but impossible to see in low light conditions. Actual buttons on the bottom edge of the 22" version can be felt in any light, but are clunkier in appearance and to use.
For some unknown reason, this monitor uses the unsigned ViewSonic drivers, even though it's a 2012 model just like the 22" version, which uses their signed Windows drivers. The picture quality was impressive, and there were no pixel problems or flicker that I could spot after a week's use at the recommended native resolution of 1920x1080, 60Hz. But this monitor just wasn't for me, and I'm returning it for a (less expensive) ViewSonic 22" monitor.
Note: There are 4 small plastic black-on-black clips on the bottom-side of the monitor base that allow you to remove it from the adjustible monitor stem. Very hard to spot if you don't know what to look for. Wasted a lot of time assuming that the clips were internal to the stem and not easily undone.