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ViewSonic VP171b 17-inch 8ms TFT LCD
By Zachary Chan
Category : Monitor
Published by Jimmy Tang on Thursday, 30th December, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars   (Most Value For Money Award)


And in the Red Corner, the Challenger...

It wasn't too long ago that we reviewed the BenQ FP71E+, which was the first 8ms LCD monitor to hit the streets. We were plenty impressed with the performance of the FP71E+ then. Not to be outdone, Viewsonic has updated their product line up as well. They have kindly furnished us with their upcoming and rival 8ms model, the VP171b.

ViewSonic VP171b 17-inch 8ms TFT LCD.


Rear view of the ViewSonic VP171b.

Being a part of ViewSonic's Professional Series of LCD panels, the VP171b comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a high end monitor. The monitor not only boasts the fastest response time available, but has full pivot and swivel capabilities with an ergonomic stand. It also has multiple analog/digital inputs for better connectivity and a relatively slim bezel for multi-monitor setup. Did we mention that the VP171b is HDTV ready too? Well it is, and it supports both 480p and 720p HDTV specifications. Seems like ViewSonic is adopting a 'take no prisoners' approach and covering every angle available.

How does it hold up in real world usage? Read on to find out why we think that the ViewSonic VP171b is able to dethrone BenQ off the top spot.

Before we proceed further, take some time to soak in the technical specifications below:-

Viewsonic VP171 17-inch 8ms TFT LCD Technical Specifications
LCD
  • Type : 17-inch active panel TFT display
  • Native Resolution : 1280x1024
  • Pixel Pitch : 0.264mm
  • Active Display Area : 33.8cm (horizontal) x 26.9cm (vertical), 43.2cm (diagonal)
  • Brightness : 300cd/m²
  • Contrast Ratio : 500:1 (typical), 600:1(max)
  • Response Time : 8ms
  • Viewing Angle : 130° (V) x 140° (H)
  • Panel Surface : Anti-glare
Preset Timing Modes
  • 640 x 480 @ 60, 75, 85Hz
  • 720 x 400 @ 70Hz
  • 800 x 600 @ 56, 60, 72, 75, 85Hz
  • 1024 x 768 @ 60, 70, 72, 75, 85Hz
  • 1280 x 1024 @ 60, 70, 72, 75Hz
Input
  • Analog : 2 x RGB Analog
  • Digital : 1 x DVI-D
  • Horizontal Frequency : 30~82KHz
  • Vertical Frequency : 50~85Hz
Controls
  • Basic : Power, 1 (Menu/Back), Selection Down, Selection Up, 2 (Enter)
  • OSD : Auto image adjust, Contrast, Brightness, Input select, Color adjust (9300K, 6500K, 5400K, 5000K, User color), Information (Mode, Model number, Serial number), Manual image adjust (H. size, H. position, V. position, Fine tune, Sharpness, Scaling), Setup menu (Language, Resolution notice, OSD position, OSD timeout, OSD background, Touch tone), Memory recall
Operating Conditions
  • Power Consumption : 33W (typ)
  • Power Saving Mode : <2W
  • Voltage : AC 100-240V (universal), 50-60Hz
  • Operating Temperature : 0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
  • Humidity : 10% - 90% (non-condensing)
Physical
  • Dimentions : 392(W) x 350(H) x 238(D) mm
  • Net Weight : 4.2kg
  • Gross Weight : 6.5kg
Safety & EMI
  • UL, c-UL, FCC-B, CB, CE, ENERGY STAR, NOM, TUV/GS, TUV/Ergo, TCO'99, SEMKO, DEMKO, FIMKO, NEMKO, GOST-R, PCBC, VCCI, BSMI, PSB, C-Tick, TUV-S

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