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ViewSonic P95F+B 19inch Monitor Review

ViewSonic P95F+B 19inch Monitor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Introduce a "new" display technology like LCD and suddenly everything which is based on a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) is old, obsolete, and totally uncool.
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Final Evaluation Notes & Conclusions

CRT Display Test Test Notes and Observations
Geometry:

Excellent geometry for this flat screen (front and back) CRT display. Test grids remained very square, though with a ruler up to the screen we could see that the lines bowed out a bit at the center region of the display. The amount of skew is almost unnoticeable however.

Brightness and Contrast:

Good contrast from 1%-9% whiteness and white test at 100% is nice and bright.

HV Test:

Vertical trace lines remain stable throughout the three bar test. During full screen test, when white is off, the black screen brightens somewhat. Trace lines remain stationary though.

Colour:

The white test screen is bright and very consistent over the full screen area as are the blue and green. The red test screen seems a little pale and washed out, but that generally seems to be the case with most monitors we've tested.

Convergence:

White test grids are nearly perfect - there is some very slight loss of convergence at the upper left corner, but the red is not likely to be noticeable. The purple test grid shows a small blue halo though out most of the screen and the yellow test screen is of the same order as the white test grid. Finally, the aqua test grid appears perfect. The RGB test pattern displays very nicely.

Focus:

Grey areas show some Moire lines and corner squares are not quite as in focus as the center white square. The upper left test patter shows the most divergence which may explain why the convergence test for this area also showed some bleed through. In general though, the outer patterns are still readable, and well defined.

Resolution:

Resolution is best at the center of the screen, at each of the four corners, the horizontal 1pixel lines blend in a little too much and almost appear as a grey shade on the all black test screen. The same patterns on a white background are a little more defined.

Moire:

Good, again some moire lines show up on the grey 1 pixel cube screens.

Readability:

Text is represented best at the center of the flat screen, and is slightly less sharp at the outer edges. Even so, compared to a standard curved CRT display the difference is dramatically better on the Viewsonic P95F+. Since the screen is flat on both sides of the glass there is not distortion, and almost no divergence whatsoever. For professional work, this display offers one of the best CRT pictures we have tested to date!

Oddly enough, Viewsonic are not a manufacturer we have had a lot of experience with around here, so it was with a high set of expectations that we began reviewing the P95f+B 19" CRT monitor. From the moment the screen flickered to life, it was evident that Viewsonic might just have a real keeper on their hands.

With a 19" screen size, 0.25-0.27mm aperture grille, the P95f+B has a very clean display with very nice undistorted image quality and an affordable retail price tag  of a little over $320USD.

Viewsonic's "PerfectFlat" technology means that the face of this monitor is nice and flat, and the inner surface has just a slight curve in the horizontal axis. Having seen some other manufacturers adaptations of a flat face CRT, where the internal side of the tube is curved in both directions rather more significantly, I'm apt to be a little less judgmental on the marketing of "flatness" here. The technology works well, and that is what we like to see.

Colour representation and geometry on the Viewsonic P95f+B are very good for comparably sized CRT displays, and with the addition of the ARAG anti-reflection screen treatment, background light sources are not very distracting.

Other features like UltraBrite have made a less resounding impression on me. While I can agree that a nice bright screen may better for DVD playback, or a few rounds of UT2003, the over-brightness causes some luminance bleeding and can be a bit hard on the eyes after an extend period of time.

Ultimately, while the Viewsonic P95f+B has managed to impress us with its visual qualities, representation of geometry, and gorgeous screen characteristics, there is one component which fell below the grade. The control panel while very undistracting, is also very difficult to decipher and this can make adjusting the display somewhat troublesome. In any event, despite this poor adaptation of industrial design, we were significantly pleased with the Viewsonic P95F+B to still give it an Editor's Choice Award. Viewsonic have produced a very nice display, at a very affordable price, and those two qualities make it easily recommendable!

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Contents of Article: Viewsonic P95F+B
 Pg 1.  ViewSonic P95F+B 19inch Monitor Review
 Pg 2.  The Viewsonic P95f+B - Cool Black Design
 Pg 3.  CRT Display Evaluation Notes
 Pg 4.  — Final Evaluation Notes & Conclusions

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