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ViewSonic VP912b

The ViewSonic VP912b is a $700, 19-inch LCD display that features two analog and one digital input, the ability to pivot into portrait mode, and a shiny coating that makes photo images really pop.

The VP912b’s thin black bezel design can be tilted, raised, swiveled and pivoted. But its most impressive design feature is that glossy coating, which may seem like a small thing, but really gives onscreen images—particularly photos—greater depth. Most displays have a matte finish to help diminish glare. Though the VCP912b does catch some reflections, I didn’t find them at all bothersome and thought the benefits outweighed any drawbacks.

The default color temperature of the display, 6,400 Kelvin (the same as Apple’s LCDs), was a little on the cool, blue side, but resulted in saturated, vibrant colors. Changing that temperature to a warmer 5,400K made the colors more accurate, but gave documents a yellow cast. Switching the color temperature back to its default mode made text documents nicer to look at. If absolutely accurate color isn’t crucial to you, you can leave the display at its default 6,400K for best all-around results.

Jury Tests

Viewing Angle Very Good
Color Fidelity Very Good
Text Legibility Very Good

Scale = Excellent, Very Good, Good, Flawed, Unsatisfactory

Specifications

Size 19 inches
Native Resolution (in dpi) 1,280 x 1,024
Connections 1 DVI, 1 VGA
Viewing Angle 160 degrees
Brightness 400 CD/m2
Contrast Ratio 450:1
Warranty 3 years

Macworld’s Buying Advice

The shiny screen on the VP912b will definitely catch your eye and its bright colors and easy-to-read text make this a great all-around display.

ViewSonic VP912b
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