ViewSonic VP2030b

ViewSonic VP2030b

Pros: Good grays, no edge light bleeding

Cons: Slight distortion on blue fields

Price: $625

Image quality: A

Features: A

Value: A

|GCN Lab Reviewer's Choice|

For just $625, the VP2030b packs a lot of high-end features and quality into a 20.1-inch display. It was not quite as good as the top performer in this review, the NEC MultiSync LCD2190Uxi, but it was a close second in every quality test, which is impressive considering it costs $800 less than the NEC.

The monitor is also put together well. Besides thin-edge technology that wastes no space at the edge of the screen, it also boasts an impressive 8-millisecond response time. And no backlight seeps through the edges onto an image, even when looking at a mostly black or very bright screen.

The VP2030b has good color matching and an excellent blue reproduction best described as accurate and vivid.

It was able to produce the second-best gray field in the review, without any of the grid patterns that showed on most of the other LCDs.

And its light management allowed it to render very light-colored images onto bright backgrounds without losing quality or creating distortion.

Its stand rotates and pivots in all directions, including between horizontal and vertical orientations. And it's ready to go out of the box'no assembly required.
Other than a tiny bit of distortion with really fine images, the VP2030b has no real flaws, and certainly no major ones.

As an excellent all-around performer and straight-up bargain next to the NEC, this could very well be your agency's next mass display upgrade.

ViewSonic Corp., Walnut, Calif., (909) 444-8888,

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.


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