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Viewsonic VA2226w 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor Review

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Subject: Displays
Manufacturer: Viewsonic
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Introduction and Specifications

Introduction

The world of PC displays seems to have two very different sides spiraling out from each other.  On one hand, we have seen an increase in the number of extremely large displays with very large resolutions such as Dell's and HP's 30" monitors that both have native resolutions of 2560x1600.  This is what companies like NVIDIA tout as "Extreme HD" or some other catch phrase to show that PC gaming can exceed qualities of the 720p consoles; fair enough.

The only problem of course is that very few people actually HAVE these types of displays.  Instead the sales of smaller widescreen monitors have been increasing dramatically and are what I consider the best choice for enthusiast gamers.  Looking at our PC Perspective Pricegrabber engine shows that the most popular monitor sizes are 24", 22", 21.6" and 19"; no 30" displays there and prices are as low as $250-300.

Today I am going to briefly review a new Viewsonic monitor, the VA2226w, which falls into this same category: a good, low cost monitor that offers resolution and quality levels above what most first time LCD users will expect.  

Specifications (from Viewsonic.com)

 LCD Type

22" (21.6" visible)

   Display Area

18.3" horizontal x 11.4" vertical 
   Native Resolution

 1680x1050
   Brightness  300 cd/m2

   Contrast Ratio

 1000:1 static, 2000:1 dynamic

   Viewing Angle

 170 degrees horizontal, 160 degrees vertical

   Response Time

 5ms
   Panel Surface

 Anti-glare
   Light Source

 Long life, 40,000 hrs

 Video Input

Analog/Digital  RGB analog / DVI-D (HDCP) 
  Frequency

Fh: 30~82 kHz, Fv: 50~75 Hz 
  Sync  H/V seperated TTL 
 Power Voltage  AC 100 ~ 240V  
  Consumption  38W typical 
 Dimensions  Physical with stand

 20.1" x 17.0" x 8.9"

   Physical without stand

 20.1" x 13.8" x 2.4"

 Weight  Net with stand

 11.2 lb

   Net without stand

 9.9 b

   Gross with stand

 14.5 lb

 Warranty    Three-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight

Included Accessories

Monitors are pretty simple devices for the most part; simple passive output only devices that really only require power and a connection to a graphics card. 



The 22" Viewsonic VA2226w display comes includes a simple black plastic stand that seems rather light and flimsy but held the monitor just fine through my testing and lots of movement and adjustment.  There is a standard black power cable as well as some Viewsonic driver software and documentation. 

You'll notice that Viewsonic only includes a standard analog VGA cable from connection from the monitor to the PC or other source.  While some users won't be able to tell the difference between the analog VGA and digital DVI inputs, some will and that might be a strike one on Viewsonic.

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