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The Viewsonic VP2365wb LCD Monitor: At Last, An Affordable iPS LCD Monitor

Viewsonic VP2365

In the last few years there has been an explosion of 20"-24" LCD monitors. These monitors currently sell for around $200 or less. However, almost all of them are TN (Twisted Nematic) type LCD monitors. The major problem with these monitors is that they change brightness and saturation with even slight changes in viewing angles. This makees them very difficult to use for photo editing. Virtually all the monitors that you see at Best Buy, Fry's, or other electronics store will be TN displays, unfortunately. Consequently, I continued to use my CRT monitor for photo editing until very recently.

However, there is another type of monitor which does have even illumination when viewed at nearly any angle: the iPS (In Plane Switching) monitor. iPS monitors are also considered the best for accurate color and contrast. However, iPS monitors are usually very expensive, usually priced at $700 and up. The Apple 24" and 30" monitors are of the iPS type. These monitors have been discontinued, but are still available at some stores. The Apple 24" sells for $700-750 currently. This is an excellent monitor, but far too expensive for most of us. Other alternatives have been even more expensive, such as the NEC LCD2490WUXI2.

Then one day recently in September 2010, I was helping a friend buy a monitor in local electonics store. We looked at seemingly every monitor in the store, not liking any of them as usual, when we found Viewsonic iPS display. I could hardly believe it when he said it was $315. The monitor had a big, bright, and absolutely uniform intensity when viewed from any angle. This is the Viewsonic VP2365wb, a 23" (16:9 format) LCD monitor with full HD 1920x1080 resolution.
Other features include:

  • Eco mode saves up to 40% of energy costs
  • adjust it up and down for 5.3 inches, swivel it 360, or tilt it 20 degrees
  • 4 port USB hub
  • 100mm x 100mm VESA compliant for wall mount or monitor stand
  • DVI and VGA inputs (no HDMI input)
  • Matte screen minimizes reflections

The lack of an HDMI input could be a drawback if you want to watch blu ray movies on the monitor or connect an HD video camera to it. If you have a blu ray player/burner in your computer, you won't need an HDMI input to watch HD movies on blu ray disks. And you can always upload the HD movies to your computer in order to play them, but it isn't as convenient.

Fortunately, Viewsonic chose to incorporate a matte screen into this monitor, instead of the flashier glossy screen adopted by Apple and others. Personally, I hate glossy screens in either monitors or TVs, because the reflections are very distracting.

Some might complain that the monitor is old technology in that it does not have LED backlighting. I would prefer the LED design, as it saves energy, not because LED monitors have better images. I cannot tell the difference in image quality looking at LCD and LED monitors side by side. I know the LED flat screens give darker blacks, but I cannot see that much difference.

I really love the adjustable stand feature of the monitor; it's a feature that's extremely hard to find these days. When LDC monitors first came out, they were much better than the junky ones made today. They typically had adjustable stands and had more even illumnination. I was shocked to discover how lousy most LCD monitors are these days. The VP2365wb really stands out from the rest of the lower end LCD/LED monitors for very little extra money. I applaud Viewsonic for bringing such a quality monitor to the market at such a reasonable cost. It is unquestionably the best monitor value available today.

Gail Eager is a landscape photographer residing in Fallbrook CA. She specializes in artistic, intimate landscapes such as the one above, taken on Weston Beach in Pt. Lobos State Park, CA.