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REVIEW: ViewSonic VP191s (8ms)

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 19"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,294
Native resolution: 1.280 x 1.024
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 376 x 301 / 483
Video-In, connector: 2 x D-Sub analog / 1 x DVI-D digital
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 50 - 85
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 30 - 82 / -
Color mode preset/user: 4 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: D-Sub cable, DVI-D cable, internal power supply unit, power cable, pivot software
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 416 x 460 x 238
Weight [kg]: 7,5
Compliance: TCO03, TUEV GS, ISO 13406-2, CE, UL, FCC-B, Energy Star, PSB, VCCI, C-Tick
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: 35 / 0,8 / -
Test date: 06.08.2005
Rating:  
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: ++
Contrast: ++
Color space: ++
Subjective impression of image quality: +
Shades of gray resolution: ++
Brightness allocation: +/-
Interpolation image quality: +
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: ++
Operating, OSD: +
Suitable for occasional gamer: ++
Suitable for hardcore gamer: +
Suitable for DVD/Video: ++
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 500,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad

Introduction

Over the past few months, no other technology in the LCD sector has been talked about more than the Overdrive technology. After all, this new technology shifted the spotlight of gamer interest over to LCD models with VA panels which, so far, had not proven to be very gaming suitable. After having reviewed the ViewSonic VX924 with TN panel, Fujitsu Siemens P19-2 and Eizo L778-K with VA Panel we now want to thoroughly inspect the ViewSonic VP191s. In this case, it is also a VA panel that works inside the monitor.

As previous experiences have shown, displays featuring Overdrive could leave quite an impression in terms of gaming capability, so we were especially eager to see where the ViewSonic VP191s would rank among other models sporting Overdrive.

Detailed pictures of the ViewSonic VP191s

There is another variant of the silver framed VP191s which comes in black and is called VP191b. Loyal reader will be probably be wondering now since we already had a review of a model named VP191b back in November 2003. While both versions are almost identical on the outside, they incorporate different panels on the inside. The nomenclature had not been too wise here and can create some confusion. For a short period of time, there even had been a 16 ms panel model floating the market. Whenever there are substantial changes being made to a model - especially when it’s the panel - manufacturers definitely ought to change the name of the model as well. Unfortunately, more and more manufacturers are currently taking this less customer friendly path. Customers can clearly get confused by this and might become reluctant to buy in times when old and new versions are both floating the market.

Viewsonic could have shipped around this problem elegantly by just calling it VP192s for instance.

All results issued in this review have been established using the digital input with the exception of the test runs for analog image quality, which have been established on the analog input. Our test bed ran with a Gainward GS FX6800 Ultra graphics card.

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