ViewSonic VX1962wm review: ViewSonic VX1962wm

With the monitor set to the 6500K color temperature, we noticed that King Kong on DVD had an overall yellowish hue to it, almost as if the film stock itself had a yellow coating. This is not something that stands out dramatically, and we found it wasn't apparent until we compared it with the Westinghouse or the Lenovo showing the same image. We also noticed the DVD image on the ViewSonic was slightly blurry when compared with the Lenovo and Westinghouse. World of Warcraft had a similar yellow hue to it, but otherwise looked good.

When we switched the color temperature to 9300K, we saw dramatic improvement in the color hue and the colors looked more balanced. The yellow hue was all but gone in both games and movies, however image was still slightly blurry. We also noticed that the backlight increased the black level to the point that the colors looked slightly washed out. The display didn't exhibit the deep blacks we saw on the Westinghouse. The ViewSonic VX1962wm posted a brightness rating of 283cd/m2 according to our tests. This is compared with the Westinghouse, which got 307cd/m2 and the Lenovo, which came in at 273cd/m2.

Viewsonic claims a viewing angle of 170 degrees, but we found that when our viewing angle was only about 2 feet from center, the detail of the image would decrease. When we viewed from a couple inches below the optimal viewing angle--one-quarter of the screen distance from the top--screen detail began to drop at about 3 inches below.

The monitor includes a Dynamic Contrast Ratiooption, but we didn't notice anything "dynamic" about it. When switched on, it seemed to increase the contrast and brightness, but there was no dynamic dimming or increasing of the backlight during movies.

We found that the best settings for viewing games and movies on the display were the 9300K color temperature, Dynamic contrast: off, Contrast: 43, Brightness: 50 (more or less brightness depending on how much your eyes can take).

The built-in speakers reach a good volume for watching YouTube videos, but their tinny sound prevents them from being tailored for games or movies.

DisplayMate performance
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Brightness scores (in cd/m2)
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ViewSonic VX1962WM
290 

Contrast ratio
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ViewSonic VX1962WM
808:1 

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Service and support
The ViewSonic VX1962WN comes with a three-year warranty that covers parts, labor, and the backlight. The company offers 24-7, toll-free technical support and also help via e-mail. Navigating its Web site and finding drivers and the user manual were simple.

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MSRP: $225.00

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 19 in
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:10
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Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.