Professional-level monitors need high resolution, good colour accuracy, good image adjustability and plenty of inputs. ViewSonic's 27in. recently announced VP2770-LED aims to deliver all of this functionality at a reasonable price point — £459 (ex. VAT or £550.80 inc. VAT in the UK; $1,229 on ViewSonic's US online store). We've had one in at ZDNet for a week or so, and we've been impressed.
The VP2770-LED has a matte-black finish to the chassis and stand, and an anti-glare-coated screen. The LCD panel is slightly recessed within the thin (2cm) bezel, which has a cluster of touch-sensitive OSD control buttons in the lower right-hand corner. The stand has three 'feet' — two longer ones at the front and a shorter, thicker one at the back — that provide a solid base for the 5.8kg monitor. With the stand, the weight is 8.45kg.
The stand lets you tilt (23°-5°), swivel (60° left and right) and pivot (0-90°) the monitor, and also adjust the height over a 15cm range. You can remove the monitor from the stand and attach it to another one via a standard VESA mount if required.
The VP2770-LED is well kitted out with video connections — VGA, Dual Link DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI — and includes an upstream USB port plus four downstream ports (two USB 3.0 on the right and two USB 2.0 at the back). There are no integrated speakers, but an audio-out jack is provided at the back.
The VP2770-LED's 27in. 'SuperClear' IPS panel has a native resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels and uses white-LED backlighting. The panel offers 10-bit colour depth, which equates to 1.07 billion colours. As far as colour accuracy is concerned, ViewSonic claims Delta-E ratings of below 3, which is good (dE measures the degree to which a colour deviates from an established reference, with values above 3 being perceptible to the viewer).
Viewing angles are wide, at 178° in both horizontal and vertical planes, while pixel response times are good, at 5ms for grey-to-grey transitions and 12ms for black-white-black. Brightness is quoted at 300cd/m2, while the claimed contrast ratios are 1000:1 (static) and 20,000,000:1 (dynamic).
The standard colour preset mode for the VP2770-LED is 'Native' — other options are 'sRGB', 'Bluish', 'Cool', 'Warm' and 'User Color' (which lets you adjust each RGB channel). A factory calibration report is supplied for the sRGB mode showing Delta E values, greyscale tracking and a gamma curve.
In default mode, we found that the VP2770-LED delivers impressive image quality, with good brightness and contrast, a balanced colour temperature and reasonable luminance uniformity. With moving images, we didn't notice any undue ghosting or blurring, so this monitor should prove a good choice for video editors — and gamers, for that matter.
Large monitors can consume quite a lot of power, but the VP2770-LED is relatively frugal according to ViewSonic's specs: 40W in Standard mode, 30W in Optimize mode and 22W in Conserve mode.
If you're in the market for a high-resolution, high-quality large-screen monitor, you'll certainly want to consider ViewSonic's VP2770-LED alongside similar contenders from the likes of Dell, HP, Samsung and Apple.