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Not a bad monitor but buyers need to understand what they are getting
on March 26, 2014
UPDATE 9/11/16: The monitor still works fine, but does have some burnt pixels. I painted the whole frame silver because I cannot stand the dusting scratches all over it. (I am that weird/obsessive). That stated, I'm not going to even try to get a replacement. I won't be buying another ViewSonic. I mean come on guys.. if you are going to cut corners on cheap plastic, at least make a panel that won't burn out like 20 pixels within the first year of moderate but not excessive use.
Original: The monitor is not bad. Actually one of the best and most feature filled I could find for the price. The 3 year warranty on a cheaper monitor where others are prone to fail was a must for me. I do non-professional photography and videography and needed a good performing monitor for this use, the monitor is great for that it seems. The colors are great.
After contacting the manufacturers here is what details I have confirmed or received feed back concerning.
It's is 7 ms. It MAY BE/LIKELY is an AH-IPS monitor. He didn't know for sure. It is 6 bit color + some internal processing that makes it perform like an 8 bit monitor.
The speakers aren't bad for use. Obviously I'm not going to run them as monitor speakers for pro-tools editing or something but they actually sound quite nice. They are not garbage or hard to hear. The other reviewer just needs to realize there is a volume control in the OS that allows you to turn up the volume.
As far as the port options (line in, headphone, video adapter options) this monitor has a great offering beyond what's in it's class. I really like the frameless screen. It has an edge but not a frame which is something I really like.
As far as build quality, the plastic is garbage. It's flimsy all around the screen and feels like a cheap dollar store caseing. If you are strongly bothered at scratches in new shiny plastic, prepare yourself to never take off the protective film or deal with an instantly scratch covered housing. This stuff scratches if you look at it funny it seems. I used a brand new microfiber cloth for camera lenses for heck sake and instantly scratches the heck out of it. It looks like I have had it for years after just a couple light swipes.
I really like the ability to tilt the monitor and has good range. My Mac Pro detects the refresh rate is 60hz and can be adjusted to 59 or 58 via the nvidia control panel for my GTX 670. The 7ms response time should be a complete non issue for gamers. I played Bioshock Infinite and it ran smoothly and beautifully. I would never consider buying anything (paying more) for a lower response time. It is a completely unnecessary and false purchase point, at least for moderate gamers like me. Maybe there are other reasons where that would be important but if it is only a selling point for gamers I would say disregard that all together.
Overall, best monitor you can get for $150 IMO. More money could be spent, but doubt it would be going towards a better panel. You would likely only be paying for a nicer frame/housing.