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Viewsonic VP930b ThinEdge Digital 19-inch LCD
Displays | First Looks
Fri 10 Feb 2006



Sonic Display 

 


Ready for Dual-monitor setup.


Controls are clustered closely and within easy access.


Sturdy X-shape base stand.

Looking deceivingly like just another business LCD monitor, the Viewsonic VP930b actually has one small but significant difference from many monitors circulating in retail channel. The difference here is the factory assembled base stand and this immediately explains why the VP930b came in a packaging that is three times the size of those used for regular LCD monitors that typically have base stands packed in separately from the panel unit. Reason for this we suspect, is to lighten the burden of assembly for users because if the base were not installed prior to shipping, users would have to jostle the full weight of the VP930b 19-inch TFT LCD screen that weighs in at almost 7kg. 

Flex It

A major plus point of the VP930b is the incredible panel adjustment flexibility provided by the stand. Users can swivel the 19-inch panel on its axis to up to 270 degrees and with a full 6.5-inch vertical travel up and down the stand, achieving optimum eye level is effortless. Given the X-shaped base and the hefty weight, users need not worry that the VP930b will topple over should the panel be raised to its highest point. The panel can also be tilted forward and backward by 5 and 20 degrees respectively. Combine the above with its ability to rotate between portrait and landscape viewing modes, the VP930b is a truly neck-friendly visual unit for those who slog long hours in front of their computers.

Inputs And Controls

Another strength lies in the connection department where instead of using a common video output configuration of an analog D-sub and a DVI port, the VP930b boasts two D-sub connections in addition to a DVD-D port. 

By making this number of video outputs available and with a slim bezel that measures just 0.67-inch across, the VP930b will also be an ideal LCD for folks considering a dual-monitor setup. Five buttons were fitted within the bottom bezel for users to easily fine-tune the video properties of the panel from factory settings for maximum comfort. Adjustments provided are standard fare with the only odd exception being an auto calibration button commonly found in most modern LCD monitors – auto calibration is available within the user menu though. Viewsonic has also bundled in PerfectSuite, a calibration software for more advanced users with demanding needs that involve having to exercise different color and viewing profiles. Most noteworthy feature within the software is 'Theft Deterrence', which essentially works to allow full LCD usability only when the correct PIN number is entered. 

Visual Quality

Viewing angle was decidedly good, but brightness, contrast and colors at default settings were too harsh for comfort, particularly for office applications. This however can be toned down and customized to personal preferences via the comprehensive set of video adjustments standard within the VP930b. The fast 8ms pixel response time proved to be an invaluable asset, barely showing traces of ghosting when used for games and videos, which means even gamers will be pleased with the business oriented VP930b. 

Our Thoughts

Proving itself capable in both office and home usage situations while offering two analog D-sub video outputs and a DVD-D port, the Viewsonic VP930b was clearly destined for praises. Add in the PerfectSuite software and the theft deterrence option and you will be hard pressed to disagree that the USD$435 is anything but a great deal.

Product Specifications
  • 19-inch Color TFT Active Matrix SXGA LCD
  • 1280 x 1024 pixels
  • 0.264mm Pixel Pitch
  • 8ms Gray-to-Gray Response Time
  • Power Consumption: 43W (max)
  • Viewing Angle (H/V): 170º/170º (contrast ratio > 10)
  • Light Source: 50,000 hrs
  • Box Contents: Monitor, power cable, 15-pin VGA video cable, DVI cable, Quick Start Guide, ViewSonic Wizard CD, PerfectSuite CD
  • Dimensions: 412 x 491 x 289 mm (W x H x D)
  • Net Weight: 6.8kg
  • Warranty: 3 years (2-year on-site, 1-year carry-in)