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Great monitor

16.04.2007 (21.04.2007)

Great resolution, built in sound

Sound is not great

Recommendable Yes:

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Ease of use

Value For Money

Image Size in relation to tube sizeExcellent

Ease of InstallationExcellent - very quick and easy


Manufacturer SupportExcellent

Instruction manualSatisfactory

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I bought this monitor about 6 months ago and i must admit it is the best 20" monitor i've seen.

Responce is fast (about 8ms) when connected to the xbox 360 via the 15 pin d-sub cable, with very smooth video feedback for all you gamers out there.

Even the switching between inputs with the press of a single button, is about as simple as it gets. There are also volume up/down buttons on the front so you dont have to go through complicated menus to change the volume.

The only problem i have with this monitor is the sound, but hey, with a 1680 x 1050 resolution i think that can be forgiven. Other than that I can't really fault this monitor, definately a good buy for around £200.

Make sure you have a half decent graphics card when using this monitor with a pc, as my onboard graphics couldn't quite reach the higher resolutions.

All in all this monitor has a great sharp picture with vibrant colours and I would recommend it to anyone.

Below are some Technical specifications for this monitor

Type: 20" color TFT active matrix WSXGA+ LCD
Display Area: 17.1" horizontal x 10.7" vertical; 20" diagonal
Optimum Resolution: 1680x1050
Contrast Ratio: 600:1 (typ)
Viewing Angle: 140° horizontal, 125º vertical
Response Time: 8ms (typ)
Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (typ)
Light Source: Long life, 50,000 hrs. (typ)
Surface: Anti-glare

Analog/Digital: RGB analog/DVI-D
Frequency: Fh: 30~82kHz, Fv: 50~85Hz
Sync: H/V separated (TTL)

Speakers: Dual integrated stereo speakers

PC: VGA up to 1680x1050 non-interlaced
Mac®: Power Mac™ G3/G4/G5 up to 1680x1050. [Adapter may be required.]

Analog/Digital: 15-pin mini D-sub/DVI-D
Power: 3-pin AC plug (CEE22)
Audio In: Stereo mini audio line in

Voltage: AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Consumption 47W (typ), 50W (Max)

Basic: Power, 1, down, up, 2
OnView®: Auto image adjust, contrast, brightness, input select, audio adjust, ViewMatch® color adjust (sRGB, 9300K, 6500K - default, 5400K, user color RGB), information (resolution, H. frequency, V. frequency, pixel clock, model number, serial number, web site), manual image adjust (H. size, H. position, V. position, fine tune, sharpness), setup menu (language, resolution notice, OSD position, OSD timeout, OSD background), memory recall

Temperature: 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Humidity: 10-90% (non condensing)

Physical (mm): 479mm x 423mm x 216mm
Physical (in.): 18.9" x 16.7" x 8.5"
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TheHairyGodmother 21.04.2007 23:58

re-rated as promised :o)

TheHairyGodmother 16.04.2007 16:59

sorry for the low rating but this review is crying out for loads and loads more information. Have a look around at similar reviews to see what is required and if you update, please do not hesitate to drop me a line in my guestbook and i will happily come back and re-rate :o)

havanna 16.04.2007 08:58

Hi there if you do what the comment below says i will gladly re rate you if you add any more info

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Manufacturer's product description

The ViewSonic VA2012w 20.1" LCD is packed with an impressive array of features to enhance your work and play, and t...


MPN VA2012W, VA2012W-2
Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Diagonal Size 20", 20.1"


Type Speakers - stereo - internal, Speakers - stereo - integrated
Output Power / Channel 1 Watt

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