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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
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>> Hi, everyone, this is this is Eric Franklin from CNET.com, and today we're taking a first look at the ViewSonic VP2365wb. The ViewSonic's black chassis feels hollow and fragile compared to similar monitors from Dell and Samsung, like the U2410 and the XL2370. With the screen height adjusted to its maximum, the display wobbles considerably when knocked from the sides and could easily topple if hit hard enough. It wobbled less at its lowest height and showed no real signs of toppling then. The panel swivels 360 degrees and tilts back about 20 degrees. The panel can be unscrewed from the stand and mounted Visa-styles on the wall. Also, the panel pivots 90 degrees to the left for portrait mode. The monitor's video connection options are limited to VGA and DVI; however, ViewSonic also includes four USB downstream ports and one upstream port. The OSD options include the standard brightness, contrast, and various color options. In lieu of preset options, the ViewSonic provides four color temperature selections, as well as an SRGB option and a user color option, where you can change its red, green, and blue values individually. The movies on the view sonic displayed accurate colors, but missing was the vibrancy or "pop" that the XL2370 had. Games showed no signs of ghosting or input lag. Compared with the XL2370, the ViewSonic exhibited duller colors not really conducive to gaming. The ViewSonic was made with an e-IPS panel. IPS panels usually show are only minimal color shifts with angle changes. In the ViewSonic, we noticed that the color shifted about 45 degrees to the left or right; however, the screen doesn't darken like TN panels do when viewed from below. In power consumption, the ViewSonic would cost you about $12.00 per year to run compared with the XL2370's $10.00 per year. The ViewSonic VP2365wb can be found online for about $350.00. At that price, you get a 23-inch e-IPS monitor with plenty of ergonomic options, five USB ports, and good performance. However, this performance is hampered by low brightness. Also, the display has a chintzy feeling chassis, lacks an HDMI connection, and although the colors are accurate, they shift when viewing the monitor from the left or right. If you're looking for a 23-inch/69 monitor, we'd recommend the Samsung SynchMaster XL2370 or the Dell Sp2309w instead. Both are better performing 69 monitors with more valuable features. Once again, this is Eric Franklin. This has been the First Look at the ViewSonic VP2365wb.
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