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ViewSonic VG700 17-inch TFT Display Review

ViewSonic VG700 17-inch TFT Display Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: LCD's don't suffer from the same parameters that can cause that kind of eyestrain, they draw a substantially lower amount of power, and they take up just a few inches of desk space.
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External Mfg. Website: Viewsonic Sep 28 2002   Max Page  
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Final Evaluation Notes & Conclusions

Little features like this Kensington lock on the rear of the display make it well suited to many open office environments where securing down the display is an important issue to contend with.

The colour saturation on the Viewsonic is something we noticed while reviewing it. Colours appeared a little richer, but faced with a sluggish pixel response of 35ms (25ms is the average) the monitor is not as optimally suited for fast-paced games as other displays might be. Visually, we ran UT2003 through a few paces and colour was very nice. Ghosting wasn't really visible to me, but when testing fast moving text we could see some blurring effects.

The fast moving text test basically involves a few HTML pages of black text on a white background. If you can move the page of text up and down quickly without any visible blurring then things are very good. On the Viewsonic VG700, we saw some blurring of the text which pegged the display about average for a value oriented LCD.

Boasting a nice 17" screen size and a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels, the viewsonic boasts a pretty sweet picture for most applications. Fast moving images may leave you wanting for a little faster pixel response, but in our tests this didn't seem too bad. A 15-pin analog connection will work with any video card out there, and with a 450:1 contrast ratio, brightness of 260 nits and viewing angles of 140/135 degrees horizontal/vertical the display does justice to itself.

The price of the 17" Viewsonic VG700 is $700USD which is pretty competitive for an LCD of this size. The VG700 would be a good choice for SOHO, or for office work where fast moving images are not the predominant duty of the display (though most people won't see anything they would consider a problem).

The colour saturation of the display is nice, but we really would have liked to have seen adoption of DVI for those who have recently upgraded to a newer video card.

The inclusion of DVI can really help with the picture quality of this digital device. For the most part though, we were satisfied with the picture this value-oriented Viewsonic monitor produced. For folks on a budget the VG700 might be just what the doctor ordered!

You tell us, do you think this LCD display is as good as we think it is? Come to the forums and let us know!

LCD Display Comparisons
Display pixel pitch luminance contrast viewing angle screen size max resolution price range

15 Inch

AOC LM-500 0.270 mm 200 cd/m2 150:1 50/50/40/40 15" 1024 x 768 $350
Hitachi CML153XW 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 300:1 45/45/60/60 15" 1024 x 768 $400
Hitachi CML151XW 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 350:1 45/55/60/60 15" 1024 x 768 $420
Samsung 150MP 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 300:1 70/70/60/60 15" 1024 x 768 $650
Samsung 150T 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 300:1 60/60/55/55 15" 1024 x 768 $600
Samsung 152T 0.297 mm 350 cd/m² 450:1 80/80/75/75 15" 1024 x 768 $700
Samsung 570S 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 250:1 60/60/55/55 15" 1024 x 768 $500
Samsung 570V 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 250:1 60/60/55/55 15" 1024 x 768 $400

17 Inch

Viewsonic 0.264 mm 260 cd/m2 450:1 70/70/70/65 17" 1280 x 1024 $700
Cornea MP704 0.264 mm 250 cd/m2 400:1 40/65/65/65 17" 1280 x 1024 $550
Samsung 171P 0.264 mm 250 cd/m2 500:1 85/85/85/85 17" 1280 x 1024 $1000-1200
Samsung 170MP 0.264 mm 170 cd/m2 220:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024 $1000
Samsung 171MP 0.264 mm 240 cd/m2 400:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024 $1250
Samsung 171B 0.264 mm 240 cd/m2 400:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024 $800
Samsung 170T 0.264 mm 220 cd/m2 350:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024 $900

18.1 Inch

Hitachi CML181SXW 0.280 mm 235 cd/m2 350:1 85/85/85/85 18.1" 1280 x 1024 $900
Samsung 181T 0.281 mm 250 cd/m2 450:1 85/85/85/85 18.1" 1280 x 1024 $1100
Samsung 181B 0.281 mm 250 cd/m2 400:1 80/80/80/80 18.1" 1280 x 1024 $1200
Samsung 180T 0.280 mm 220 cd/m2 350:1 80/80/80/80 18.1" 1280 x 1024 $1600
Samsung 800TFT 0.280 mm 170 cd/m2 220:1 80/80/80/80 18.1" 1280 x 1024 $2500

19 Inch

Samsung 191T 0.294 mm 250 cd/m2 500:1 85/85/85/85 19" 1280 x 1024 $1200
Hitachi CML190SXWB 0.294 mm 250 cd/m2 500:1 85/85/85/85 19" 1280 x 1024 $1200

24 Inch

Samsung 240T 0.27 mm 230 cd/m2 450:1 80/80/80/80 24" 1920 x 1200 $4600
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Contents of Article: Viewsonic VG700
 Pg 1.  ViewSonic VG700 17-inch TFT Display Review
 Pg 2.  The VG700: Economy & Value
 Pg 3.  LCD Display Evaluation Notes
 Pg 4.  — Final Evaluation Notes & Conclusions

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