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ViewSonic G220fb review: ViewSonic G220fb

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MSRP: $519.00
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The Good Good image quality for games, DVDs, and Internet; lots of image-adjustment options.

The Bad Bulky; exhibits some color compression; hints of pink and green in the grayscales.

The Bottom Line The ViewSonic G220f is a large CRT that provides good mainstream performance, but serious graphics professionals should look elsewhere.

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6.4 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 6
  • Support 7
  • Setup 7

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ViewSonic G220f

High-end CRTs are nearly extinct in today's monitor market, where the emphasis is on high-end LCDs, such as the LaCie 321 or the Eizo L997. Still, CRTs are a less expensive alternative for any consumer who wants a large monitor suitable for graphics applications. ViewSonic promotes its 21-inch ViewSonic G220f as a good fit for this niche. With a low price of $519 (less than most midrange 19-inch LCDs), it offers strong mainstream performance, but its errors in rendering colors and grayscales make it an unattractive choice for graphics pros.

The ViewSonic G220f is a behemoth, measuring nearly 20 inches on all sides and weighing 60 pounds. With a reasonably narrow bezel, the G220f's flat screen offers a 12-by-16-inch (HW) viewing area. An antistatic, antireflective coating adds a bit of glare to this large screen, but we didn't find it overly distracting. Despite its imposing dimensions, the G220f moves well, swiveling 90 degrees in both directions and tilting up 10 degrees and down 5 degrees.

As you might expect from a CRT designed with graphics professionals in mind, the G220f has an extensive onscreen menu (OSM). Just four buttons built into the bottom edge of the bezel control the menu, which is split into two screens. The buttons, subtly labeled with arrows and numbers, are a bit hard to read. Once in the menu, you can control more than the basic settings. In the Geometry section, for example, in addition to image position, size, and zoom adjustments, you can tweak pincushion balance, trapezoid and parallel settings, and top and bottom hooking.

More advanced features include degaussing and Purity, which corrects color-tone imbalances within single colors. The monitor also has two moiré-reduction controls, three color-temperature presets, and a User Color control for setting the red, green, and blue color levels yourself. The G220f's factory settings will suit casual users, and you can quickly restore them with the Memory Recall button.

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