By Neil Bennett | on June 01, 2006
Pros: High response rate, thin bezel.
Cons: Expensive. Picture quality no better than competitors.
The progress of technology can be a wonderful thing. For the same costs as a hulking 21-inch CRT monitor would have set you back a few years ago, you can now pick up a slimline, 23- or 24-inch high-definition LCD display. Prices are dropping all the time, leaving Viewsonic’s latest 23-inch model looking overpriced.
Historically, the VP2330wb’s £1,069 price is pretty impressive, but it’s much less so next to Apple’s 23-inch Cinema Display and Dell’s 24-inch UltraSharp 2405W, which both sell for around £800.
The VP2330wb claims two advantages over these monitors. Its response rate of 8ms is much lower than that of the Cinema Display (14ms) or the UltraSharp 2405W (16ms), which is designed to provide smoother playback of video and animation. However, while this delivers advantages to high-fps games, we saw no difference between the three monitors during playback of progressive or interlaced HDV video.
Viewsonic’s monitor lacks the Dell UltraSharp 2405W’s component inputs, so you can’t use it as a playback device for many capture cards and decks.
The other advantage is that the base of the VP2330wb gives it more freedom to turn, tilt, and pivot than either display.
We tested the VP2330b’s colour gamut and accuracy using a Gretag Macbeth Eye-One calibration device, and found it to be no better or worse than the 23-inch Cinema Display or UltraSharp 2405W.
Most creatives will prefer to save money with Apple or Dell’s displays, while video editors will prefer the UltraSharp 2405W’s wider input options. Graphic designers with £1,100 to spend should consider LaCie’s 321 LCD, too. This is smaller and has a lower-resolution than the VP2330wb, but boasts a larger colour gamut, and 10-bit gamma correction.
Viewable area: 23-inch
Native resolution: 1,920-x-1,200
Response rate: 8ms
Viewing angles: 170-degrees
Contrast ratio: 800:1
10-bit gamma correction: N
USB Ports: 4