ViewSonic VE

The Good Wall mountable; settings are easy to adjust; offers adequate tech support.

The Bad Doesn't swivel; includes only one input source; stiff return policy for monitors with bad pixels.

The Bottom Line ViewSonic's mainstream 17-inch LCD provides basic features and acceptable image quality. Its moderate price makes it a good choice for bargain-hunters who don't need high-performance graphics.

Editors' Rating
6.2 Overall

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Review

ViewSonic VE

The ViewSonic VE700 delivers 17 diagonal inches of no-frills LCD. It displays a practical 1,280x1,024 resolution, accepts the analog signal that is standard on PCs and Macs (but doesn't bother with VCR input, digital graphics controllers, or other sources), and provides better-than-adequate image quality--all with a reasonable $650 price tag. The monitor's image quality is less than perfect--graphic designers won't love it--but the VE700 offers a productive window on your everyday e-mail, Web surfing, and spreadsheet tasks. If you want better quality than the VE700 offers but can't spend more, consider the CTX PV720A; you'll lose some resolution since the CTX's native resolution is 1,024x768, but you'll gain some image quality. The ViewSonic VE700 delivers 17 diagonal inches of no-frills LCD. It displays a practical 1,280x1,024 resolution, accepts the analog signal that is standard on PCs and Macs (but doesn't bother with VCR input, digital graphics controllers, or other sources), and provides better-than-adequate image quality--all with a reasonable $650 price tag. The monitor's image quality is less than perfect--graphic designers won't love it--but the VE700 offers a productive window on your everyday e-mail, Web surfing, and spreadsheet tasks. If you want better quality than the VE700 offers but can't spend more, consider the CTX PV720A; you'll lose some resolution since the CTX's native resolution is 1,024x768, but you'll gain some image quality.

Easy and attractive
ViewSonic made the VE700 easy to look at and just as easy to operate. Its back and pedestal are a sophisticated matte black, and a silver bezel surrounds the screen. The bezel reaches only 16 inches above a desk, so even shorter people needn't crane to see the top edge of the screen. The screen tilts from a few degrees forward to 180 degrees back and stays put nicely in any position. Unfortunately, the VE700 doesn't swivel horizontally, but its 150-degree horizontal viewing angle (meaning you can see the screen clearly from anywhere in a 150-degree range) gives you plenty of latitude for moving around. The vertical viewing angle is a comfortable 140 degrees, so you can read the screen standing up at your desk.

You'll have no problems installing and adjusting this display; just attach the cable, insert the CD, and let the driver installer run. We found the VE700's onscreen menus clear and easy to use, with big buttons just below the screen for making adjustments. One button drills down through the menus, arrow keys scroll through the settings, and another button accepts your changes and backs out.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $559
  • Brand ViewSonic
  • Color Category black, silver
  • Diagonal Size 17 in
  • Native Resolution 1280 x 1024
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Image Aspect Ratio 5:4
  • Weight 11.02 lbs
  • Image Contrast Ratio 450:1
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