GCN Lab Review: ViewSonic VA2626wm

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If you told us before this review that it was possible to get a high-quality 26-inch LCD for $529 ' a list price, not even a government one ' we would have laughed. If you said the monitor would be far above average in quality, we would have thought you're crazy. Then we met the VA2626wm.

The VA2626wm has a lot of high-end features, such as a 5 ms video response time and a 1,920x200 native resolution. It also did well in most of our image testing.

[IMGCAP(1)]For example, the VA2626wm had the best color transitions in the review, in which we put a large matrix of one color with multiple hues on the screen. Even when the difference in hue was less than half a percent, the VA2626wm displayed them accurately.

For text display, the VA2626wm was accurate at 6.8 points with a variety of fonts, again one of the best in the review.

And the VA2626wm produces a nearly perfect black, with no backlight bleeding, which is impressive for a 26- inch panel.

Its inputs include one DVI, one VGA for older systems and one HDMI for modern setups. Its stand is fairly plain, allowing the LCD to tilt but nothing else.

It had a little trouble with dark images on dark backgrounds, though this would not come up often in an office environment. It also was slightly off in registration tests, although not by much. It would be fine, but not optimal, for watching movies.

We are still in shock that a 26-inch screen that tests so well only costs $529. You won't find a better value for a large LCD than the VA2626wm.

ViewSonic, 909-444-8888, www.viewsonic.com

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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