ViewSonic VP191b review: ViewSonic VP191b

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MSRP: $559.00

The Good Includes one digital and two analog inputs; base pivots and telescopes; display tilts and rotates; Mac and PC compatible.

The Bad A little pricey compared with the competition; base design makes unit a bit deep.

The Bottom Line The VP191b has almost everything we look for in an LCD, but graphics pros will expect better performance for the price.

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6.9 Overall

06-09 ViewSonic VP191b minireview (double production)

The VP191b is part of ViewSonic's Pro series and, as such, is geared toward graphics professionals, engineers, and other high-end users--which may explain why it costs about $100 more than competing models. High-end users will appreciate the VP191b's pro features, including one digital and two analog inputs, with cables included for both, in case you want to connect two computers to the display. The monitor's adjustable base sits atop two funny-looking but stable penguin-style feet, and it telescopes from flush with the desktop to about 4.5 inches high. In addition, the monitor swivels smoothly about 30 degrees to the left and right and has three loops along its length through which you can feed the connector cables to achieve a neater desktop. The display panel tilts forward and back, mounts to the wall with an extra &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=co&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Evesa%2Eorg%2Ffdmipr%2Ehtm">VESA kit, and pivots between Portrait and Landscape modes, making it ideal for office presentations (pivot software is included).

Despite the pedestal's unusual design, the VP191b will look attractive in homes and offices alike. The extraslim, half-inch bezel has a soft, rounded edge and five tiny control buttons along the bottom for accessing the menu. The well-organized, easy-to-navigate onscreen menu lets you adjust the standard crop of image settings. Unfortunately, according to CNET Labs' tests, the VP191b's image quality, though good, is less than what we'd expect from a display geared toward graphics pros. Whereas displays such as the Princeton SENergy 981 and the Formac Gallery 2010 deliver truly stunning color and clarity, the VP191b showed pixel fusion in text and lacked nuance in extremes of gray, black, and white. In fact, we found the performance similar to that of competing models from HP and Envision that cost $100 to $150 less.

Overall, the VP191b is a great display. We simply can't justify paying this price when others offer similar features and quality for significantly less money.

Brightness in nits  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Sharp LL-T19D1
ViewSonic VP191b
HP L1925
Envision EN-9110
Note: Measured with the Sencore CP500
CNET Labs' DisplayMate tests  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
CNET score  
ViewSonic VP191b
Sharp LL-T19D1
HP L1925
Envision EN-9110

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