Only 1920 x 1080; low brightness; poor speakers
The Viewsonic sacrifices more than screen resolution in the pursuit of style. This 27in monitor is the odd one out in that it only supports 1920 x 1080 resolution. The 2560 x 1440 monitors can fit about about half as much again on the screen, but the Viewsonic’s resolution is still enough to do Full HD movies justice.
In terms of connectivity you’ll find HDMI, DVI and D-sub on the back but no DisplayPort. You’ll also find 3.5mm audio line-in and line-out. This is by far the slimmest panel of the bunch, and even when you allow for the base it has the smallest footprint. The almost borderless design could pass as a television if Viewsonic didn’t insist on sticking gaudy badges on the front.
The trade-off for the Viewsonic’s slimline design is a mediocre 1.5-watt speaker, which lacks bass and punch. Unfortunately the monitor sits rather low, which isn’t very ergonomically friendly, and the only adjustment available is to tilt the screen forward or back. The monitor’s touch-sensitive buttons are foolishly hidden on the base behind the screen where they’re impossible to see.
The Viewsonic relies on an LED-backlit IPS display and the matte finish offers the best anti-glare protection in the group. When it comes to picture quality its Achilles’ Heel is the disappointing 250 cm/d2 brightness, which becomes clear when working in Office documents where the background whites are grey. You really notice the difference when you switch from the Viewsonic back to the far brighter Dell or Apple. Yet the contrast and colours are respectable enough that it still handles movies well.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
Viewsonic’s VX2770Smh-LED is a jack-of-all-trades but master of none, making too many sacrifices in the name of style. You might forgive the 1920 x 1080 resolution considering the price tag, but not the disappointing brightness.