ViewSonic G810 review: ViewSonic G810

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good Low price; light weight.

The Bad Noticeable curvature at the corners; awkward controls; no BNC connectors.

The Bottom Line Undemanding users who want a big display will like the G810, but professional users should look elsewhere.

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ViewSonic focuses on bringing its products in at the lowest price possible, and the G810 follows this strategy. Following another tradition, the low price also means lower quality, so professional graphics artists will be disappointed with the display. But the G810 is fine for those who just want the vast spaces afforded by a 21-inch monitor. ViewSonic focuses on bringing its products in at the lowest price possible, and the G810 follows this strategy. Following another tradition, the low price also means lower quality, so professional graphics artists will be disappointed with the display. But the G810 is fine for those who just want the vast spaces afforded by a 21-inch monitor.

Compromised Quality
Some aspects of the G810's quality looked below average, some a little above average, and some just plain average. What that means for a user is legible but uncrisp text (light text on a dark background is much harder to read than dark text on a light background), indistinct fine lines, minor ghosting, uneven thickness and geometry of shapes, irregular color saturation, and a slight swimming effect on part of the screen. If you can live with these imperfections, $800 is a good deal for this big monitor.

Peering at the screen closely reveals oblong pixels in the shadow mask, making the image look like a newspaper photo under a magnifying glass. You can mentally remove the pixels, but their coarseness is a reminder that this display uses components that are less than fine quality. You don't need to peer closely to see the bowing of the screen's corners. ViewSonic may call the G810 a "flat square screen," but it isn't. These flaws are particularly noticeable if you are working in graphics, desktop publishing, or large spreadsheet programs. But for more casual computing, these flaws can be forgiven.

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Where to Buy

ViewSonic G810

Part Number: G810

MSRP: $545.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type CRT monitor / CRT
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 21 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.21 mm