Viewsonic VP2365wb

November 13th, 2011 Auscam, Gadgets & Hardware, Tech

Ironically given the size (this is not by any stretch a small piece of machinery) the Viewsonic VP2365wb could be at home in a large variety of environments and desktop set-ups.

The reason is in the impressive viewing angle afforded by the tilt, pivot rotate and height adjustments. The vertical angle is pretty good, moving through about 40 degrees, and the height adjustment gives you a fair range depending on where it sits in relation to your eyes.

Even the capability to swing it between portrait and landscape modes is a bonus if you want to orient your on-screen workspace in such a way, giving you both a long, tall area for long written documents and the wide landscape angle for finer detail on your editing or animating timeline.

But we liked the rotation best. How many times do you have to show a colleague something and they end up nearly in your lap having to sit so close? The horizontal rotation in the pedestal lets you to move it through an almost 360 degree plane. It makes sharing easy or puts a much bigger potential work area in front of you.

The technology behind the VP2365wb is called In Plane Switching (IPS), which places pairs of electrodes at the sides of each cell of the LCD so the electric field runs horizontally through the material. This approach keeps the liquid crystals parallel to the front of the panel, and as you might have guessed it improves both the viewing angle and colour reproduction of older technologies like TN (Twisted Nemetic).

It’s very arcane science but the proof’s in the pudding — from a viewing angle of nearly 90 degrees away from the front the picture on the VP2365wb is as bright as when it’s head on.

When it comes to the colour angle, our test model performed every task you’d expect of a modern multimedia computer monitor including playing Hollywood blockbusters across the full width, precise colour matching of stills in image software and laying out the magazine you’re holding in your hands right now.

While your other Auscam writers know a lot more about precise colour reproduction in video and broadcasting hardware, it more than met the challenges a graphic designer and movie buff threw at it. For hardcore colour nerds, it has 16.7 million (6-bit + A-FRC) colour depth and a 72 percent NTSC colour gamut.

There are two USB in and two USB out ports and a Type 2 port like you see on a desktop printer. You can connect it with a DVI or VGA port and both cables are in the package. The ports are neatly tucked up into the back of the device so they’re out of the way but Viewsonic has sacrificed some degree of accessibility. It’s much harder than the constant attaching and detaching of USB devices like you’d do with a laptop because it’s just too fiddly to climb behind and reach the ports.

We had the VP2365wb attached as a second monitor to a Mac laptop and a handful of times it displayed only snow when it was reattached, but switching it off and back on at the front power button fixed that.

After struggling upside down for awhile to get the cables all connected it recognised the Mac with no problem (and vice versa) without any need for drivers or other software, and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to.


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