ViewSonic VG191b

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  • Editors' rating
    8.0 Excellent
  • $969.00

Pros

  • Portrait or landscape mode
  • digital and analogue inputs.

Cons

  • No automatic aspect change
  • controls difficult to use in portrait mode.

ViewSonic's latest large-screen flat-panel monitor aims to provide graphics and business professionals with the sharpness, saturation, size and shape of desktop they need. The VG191b is a 19in. LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 pixels, and a claimed brightness of 250cd/m2. It also rotates on its stand to support either landscape or portrait orientation, although the switch in aspect ratio isn't automatic.

The VG191b supplied to us differs from the VG191 only in its case colour. The 'b' model has a grey casing, while the VG191 has a white case. The pedestal includes a height adjustment with just under 6cm of travel, which may not sound like much but does make a difference to your viewing angle. The power and four control panel buttons are at the bottom of the screen bezel. The bezel itself is quite wide, and each edge of the case curves outwards. This isn't ideal if you want to stack several of these monitors together and save space.

The panel tilts and twists as you'd expect, but also rotates clockwise through 90 degrees giving you a portrait display if required. The VG191b is supplied with Portrait Displays' Pivot software that changes the display aspect ratio accordingly. This is a manual process -- you have to press a hotkey combination or use a right mouse button menu to perform the switch -- since there are no electronics built into the bearing. This also means that the on-screen display doesn't rotate, making screen adjustments in portrait mode very awkward indeed. An automatic aspect change system would require another connection -- probably USB -- and would add slightly to the cost of the system. Although it may seem inconvenient to have to switch modes manually, in practice you're unlikely to be rotating the monitor often enough to warrant the extra complexity.

The VG191b has both VGA and DVI-D inputs, and will automatically switch to whichever has a signal. If there's a signal on both you can select which one you want from the on-screen display. You're supplied with detachable cables for both types of input. If you're using the analogue VGA input, there's an automatic picture adjust option on the on-screen display that will set the correct timings for the signal. You'll get a message popping up advising you to switch to 1,280 by 1,024 if you use another resolution, but the monitor will display smaller screen sizes using scaling.

ViewSonic also supplies Sonnentech's Colorific calibration software with the VG191b. Colorific can match your screen's colour characteristics to a particular application, or it can match the colour response to your printer -- as far as possible. As mentioned above, the Pivot portrait display software is also included. Note that any significant change to your display system, such as installing a different graphics card, will require you to reinstall Pivot as well.

ViewSonic's VG191b isn't the largest LCD monitor available today, and there are similar models available from other manufacturers. Its price and specification are similar to Eizo's FlexScan L685, for example, although the VG191b's screen area is slightly larger. Shop around, certainly, but if you're in the market for a LCD monitor with portrait capability, put the VG191b on your list of models to consider.

Specifications

General
Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Aspect Ratio 5:4
Native Resolution 1280 x 1024 at 75 Hz
Contrast Ratio 600:1
Color Support 16.7 million colors
Controls & Adjustments Brightness, contrast, H/V position, H/V size, sharpness, input select, color temperature
Dimensions (WxDxH) 18.1 in x 9.4 in x 18.2 in
Horizontal Viewing Angle +85 / -85
Vertical Viewing Angle +85 / -85
Viewable Size 19"
Color Temperature 9300K, 6500K
Pixel Pitch 0.29 mm
Panel Type MVA
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Screen Coating Anti-glare
Horizontal Refresh Rate 82 kHz
Vertical Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Power Device
Type power adapter
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 60 Watt
Connectivity
Connections 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) - 1
1 x display / video - DVI-Digital - 24+1 pin digital DVI - 1
Display
Image Brightness 250 cd/m2
Image Aspect Ratio 5:4
Image Contrast Ratio 600:1
Color Support 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Type LCD monitor
Miscellaneous
Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Controls & Adjustments H/V position, H/V size, brightness, color temperature, contrast, input select, sharpness
Color black
Backlight Life 50,000 hours
Power
Power Supply external
Video
Video Output none
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Software / System Requirements
Included Software Drivers & Utilities
Video Input
Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
Analog Video Signal RGB
Image
Image Aspect Ratio 5:4
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Humidity Range Operating 10 - 90%
Dimensions & Weight
Width 18.1 in
Depth 9.4 in
Height 18.2 in
Weight 19.84 lbs
Header
Brand ViewSonic
Product Line ViewSonic
Model VG191b
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Interface Required
Connector Type 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 24+1 pin digital DVI
Connector Qty 1
Projector
Max V-Sync Rate 75 Hz
Max H-Sync Rate 82 Hz
Software
Type Drivers & Utilities
Service & Support
Type 3 years warranty
Regional Exceptions Austria, Germany, Switzerland - 3 years
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Service Included parts and labor
Full Contract Period 3 years
TV Tuner
TV Tuner Presence No

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