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Viewsonic's VX2235vm wide aspect LCD
Fast response times but slightly low resolution

Viewsonic today announced a number of new LCD displays that target the sweet-spot 19-inch to 23-inch market, and all of them at very affordable prices. New to the scene is Viewsonic's VX1935wm, VX2035vm and VX223vm, ranging from 19-inches, 20-inches and 22-inches respectively. The screens are targetting at gaming and video users but Viewsonic says business uesrs can also benefit from all three screen's 5 milliseconds response time. The following are quick specifications for the screens:

Size: 22-inch
Resolution: 1680x1050
Brightness: 280 nits
Contrast: 700:1

Size: 20-inch
Resolution: 1680x1050
Brightness: 300 nits
Contrast: 800:1

Size: 19-inch
Resolution: 1440x900
Brightness: 300 nits
Contrast: 700:1

The odd screen out of the bunch is Viewsonic's 22-inch VX2235vm, which being two inches larger than the VX2035vm, should over more resolution. Other 22-inch and 23-inch screens from other manufacturers offer up to 1920x1200 resolution, which is even available on some notebook computer screens. According to Viewsonic:

All three displays offer more screen real-estate, helping business users increase productivity by managing multiple documents at once and providing gamers with more room to roam their richly detailed in-game surroundings or toggle on-screen menus. The VX2235wm, VX2035wm and VX1935wm also feature a newly designed thin bezel with integrated full-sound stereo speakers and power supply, helping users keep their desktops free of cable clutter.

Fast response times seem to be the primary focus for many of today's leading LCD manufacturers. More and more consumers are purchasing LCDs for movie watching, game playing as well as typical office work. All three displays from Viewsonic are available in gray or black and are priced at $199, $349 and $399 respectively.

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RE: Resolutions
By jmunjr on 11/28/2006 1:19:18 AM , Rating: 2
You need to hang out with some older people. They simply cannot read text on small screens with high resolutions. I am almost 38 and have trouble now on my 20" Dell widescreen. A 23" widescreen at 1680x1050 would be a blessing for me. Changing fonts doesn't help enough either in XP.

My father who is 78 runs his 19" LCD at 1024x768, possible 800x600 in that interpolated crap because he can't read anything smaller, even wearing his glasses specially made for using the computer.

So, there are A LOT of people who can't read this tiny stuff and need bigger text. Maybe Vista will have a better solution than simply switching to large fonts.

Oh and btw several years ago I searched without success for a 17" LCD that was native at 1024x768 for this very reason.

Now thankfully there are 20" 4:3 LCDs that run at 1440x1050 and of course the 22" and 23" that run 1680x1050..

RE: Resolutions
By slashbinslashbash on 11/28/2006 2:24:39 AM , Rating: 1
So make lower-resolution displays as well as higher-resolution displays. It's not like we want to deprive old people of being able to read their monitors. It's just that the low-pitch LCD panels are already out there (for laptops) and we (young people who are programmers, graphic designers, students or businessmen with many docs on screen at the same time) are just dying for a 20" with the same resolution as the current 30" displays.

Who cares if old people can't read it? There will still be lower-density displays out there. I can read it, and I'd be the one buying it, and if others need to run at a lesser resolution, they can -- with higher-rez panels it's much easier to find a good downscaling ratio (e.g. view a 2560x1600 panel at 1280x800 -- which doesn't make sense when the display is 30", but it does when it's 20"). Once you get the pixels small enough, you can have the best of both worlds in one reasonably-sized display.

RE: Resolutions
By TomZ on 11/28/2006 8:09:55 AM , Rating: 2
I agree - I have good vision, and I'd like to see much higher resolution displays for larger desktops.

Also, readability is a function of size and DPI, not actually resolution. What I mean is that in the future, you'll be able to buy a high-resolution, large panel, and run Vista in a high-DPI mode to increase readability. Microsoft has for a while been encouraging developers to design their applications to support higher DPIs properly. Most older applications don't run well with "large fonts" selected.

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