is amazing how fast things change in the world
of PC components. Just 3 years ago I was quite
happily running a 17inch screen with an Athlon
XP 2600+, Geforce 5800 and 512mb (2x256mb) of
memory and even using it as a review system here
on DriverHeaven. Now this review system has a
dual core CPU and 2Gb of ram, pretty much a standard
configuration in the enthusiast community. It
is fair to say that many users are still using
a CRT with their system, so what exactly can a
top of the range TFT bring to the table?
in 1987 ViewSonic have been making high quality
displays for quite some time now and today we
are going to take a look at their top of the range
LCD display, the VP2330wb.
VP2330wb is a 23” widescreen LCD display
and is the largest they make at the time of writing.
box arrived with us in a sad state of affairs
however the heavy duty Polystyrene protection
ensured nothing was damaged.
the box along with the screen we find the bundled
extras, these include a DVI cable, VGA cable,
USB cable, power cable and driver/software CD.
have also taken the decision to remove the screens
power supply and bundle a stand alone power source
which connects to the back of the unit. Clearly
there will be those who find an extra brick on
their desk annoying however it really is a personal
choice and the detached PSU can be placed under
the desk, out of sight and results in a lighter
image below shows the VP2330wb in all its glory.
The product is by no means small however as it
is a flat screen LCD you aren’t wasting
desk space due to the small depth of the chassis.
major aspect of making the unit seem so small
is the thickness of the bezel round the screen.
The edge measures at approx 0.85inch at its widest.
The VP2330wb like many displays has a relatively
plain design with very little to speak of in terms
of logos, just the essential branding and model
number. Along the base of the screen there are
five, very discrete, function buttons. These control
the onscreen configuration which is a very standard
affair. The usual configuration options are available
for brightness levels, it is however in this aspect
of the product that we can find fault in ViewSonic's
design. Considering the thought that has gone
into the rest of the design the buttons seem a
real afterthought, in our opinion buttons should
be intuitive. Even without looking closely an
end user should be able to know which button they
are pressing, its why PC cases have reset buttons
which feel different to the power button
for example. In the case of the ViewSonic the
buttons are all identical to the touch and in
all honesty they feel rather cheap.
the rear of the screen we find the connectivity.
This comes in the form of 4 USB outs (USB 2.0),
1 USB in, D-sub, DVI-A/D and power. Other than
offering a second DVI socket this really is all
the connectivity we or anyone would require for
using a PC. Unfortunately there are no inputs
for other hardware such as S-video or composite
in and even HDTV component inputs for connecting
consoles and other devices. Personally it won’t
be much of a hindrance for me, however as some
other alternatives offer these it seems a little
strange that Viewsonic would omit them.
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