ViewSonic VX2770Smh-LED - Frameless Widescreen Monitor

4/22/2013 2:47:01 PM

ViewSonic's latest LED monitor shows off its wares in glorious HD

It's a sad fact that while testing this latest 21" monitor from ViewSonic, I realized just how utterly naff my current viewing setup actually is and, admittedly, once you become used to having the extravagance of a large monitor, it's very difficult to return to anything less.

ViewSonic's VX2770Smh-LED is a sleek SuperClear IPS monitor that presents bold colors, great greyscale and a horizontal and vertical viewing angle of 178°. It's housed in a frameless bezel (or 'borderless display' as ViewSonic puts it), which offers you an exceptional image of resolutions up to 1920x1080, with a dynamic contrast ratio of 30,000,000:1, which when viewing something of a full 1080p HD nature makes the monitor feel bigger than it actually is.

ViewSonic VX2770Smh-LED Monitor

ViewSonic VX2770Smh-LED Monitor

The finish is of the polished piano-black variety and looks rather nice when placed on a desk, but due to the monitor controls being built in the base, there's no option for wall, or swing arm mounting. Once the base is securely screwed on, the monitor feels sturdy enough, although with it being so thin, it can feel like you're about to break it when manipulating it into a more ergonomic position. However, there's no need to handle with kid gloves, as it's mounted onto the base pretty solidly.

Once hooked up to our test machine via HDMI, we found the display to be as near perfect as you could possibly imagine, the aforementioned colors were vibrant and there was little to no blur during fast-paced gaming moments or video playback. The sound, through the built-in pair of 1,5W speakers, was a little too squeaky for our liking, lacking in bass and oomph, but when connected via the 3.5mm audio jack, the volume improved slightly, but there was still a notable absence of decent bass.

However, despite the fairly weak speakers, the awkward to reach buttons and sadly lacking USB functionality, ViewSonic's VX2770Smh was an absolute pleasure to use

The touch controls on the base of the unit offer the basic navigation through the OSD, along with the power button, but their position is set a little too far back under the screen, so when we went to press them, we effectively blocked out all light and couldn't see what we were touching. The use of a torch was necessary at one point, and having hands like hams didn't help much either. While the position of the buttons keeps the VX2770Smh looking sleek and trendy, just moving them forward a good inch or two would make all the difference.

Around the back of the base you'll find VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, as well as 3.5mm audio in and out ports. Unfortunately, there's no USB present, which would have made an ideal companion, but again, due to the thinness of the screen and the design of the base, the placement of any extra ports, USB or otherwise, would have made them difficult to reach and plug in.

However, despite the fairly weak speakers, the awkward to reach buttons and sadly lacking USB functionality, ViewSonic's VX2770Smh was an absolute pleasure to use. The screen really was crystal clear, and having a full 27 inches of viewable area to look at made the 24" Dell models I was using pale into significance. Naturally, it would have been nicer to have gone beyond the 1080 resolution, although to be fair the quality of the screen would most likely have suffered.

ViewSonic VX2770Smh-LED Monitor

In conclusion, this is a stylish and glossy, yet functional monitor. The main drawbacks - audio and button placement are easily overcome and forgiven, because the image quality is so good. In all honesty, once you have the OSD settings as you like them and upped the bass via the PC audio controls, then there's nothing to complain about really.


§  Uses 40% less power, without compromising your viewing quality and has mercury-free WLED backlight.

§  SuperClear IPS (in-plane switching) panel technology for 178 / 178 degree wide viewing angles, and the most consistent color performance.

§  Sleek frameless design and thin profile with touch sensitive controls.

§  Full HD 1080p with 16:9 aspect ratio, achieves perfect image reproduction without distortion.

§  Connectivity options for Digital HDMI and DVI (with HDCP) and Analog VGA inputs

§  30,000,000:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio for true-to-life picture depth and clarity in any room.

§  Dual stereo speakers with SRS Premium Sound for a rich multimedia experience.

§  Includes LCD Monitor, VGA cable, HDMI cable, audio cable, power cord and adapter, Quick Start Guide, ViewSonic Wizard CD-ROM.


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