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ViewSonic goes LED

Now that brings me to my latest LED-based display, the ViewSonic VLED221wm. Sit back down everyone. The revolution has yet to arrive.

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Hey, I'm waiting. Are you there? By "you" I'm referring to the LED-based computer monitor revolution. I've yet to actually see you in the flesh and I'm starting to have my doubts as to whether you actually exist.

OK, so monitor vendors have been purporting the advantages of LED-based computer monitors for the last couple of years at least. So far, I've reviewed three. The first was the Lenovo ThinkVision L2440x. I was disappointed that aside from slightly better color, it was an exact replica of the CCFL (Cold Cathode Florescent Tube)-based ThinkVision L2440p.

Then came Apple's LED Cinema Display. Great performance, great design, and really took advantage of what LEDs have to offer (thin panel, great color reproduction). One slight problem. Unless you own a MacBook with a Mini DisplayPort you can't use it.

Now that brings me to my latest LED-based display, the ViewSonic VLED221wm. Don't get too excited. In fact, you can just sit back down because the revolution has yet to arrive.

While the monitor achieved good performance in games and movies and includes a thin panel, it has a pitifully low 245 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) brightness and its color reproduction proved to be inaccurate (as evidenced by its noticeable red push). In fact, the CCFL-based Gateway HD2201 performed better.

The worst part is the price. For a monitor so devoid of features, its $500 asks a lot of your wallet.

Check out the full review to get more details and see our recommendation.