Monitors with dynamic contrast ratios are all the rage now. We've seen some corkers from LG, and have now got our hands on an offering from Viewsonic -- the 22-inch VX2240w.
The specs make for good reading: the 4,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio should mean darker blacks and lighter lights. The 2ms grey-to-grey response time should mean little or no blurring in fast-moving films and games, and the 1,680x1,050-pixel resolution will give you plenty of desktop real estate.
But somehow it's underwhelming. It doesn't have as high a contrast level as we expected, and was nowhere near as impressive as the, which sports a 5,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The Viewsonic's colour gamut seems off the pace too -- images weren't recreated with the same amount of colourific gusto as the LG.
The VX2240w retails for approximately £200, which is decent value for a 22-inch display. It would be great if it was a little cheaper, but as it stands we can't really recommend it over the LG. -Rory Reid