Joined on 11/26/05
Pros: A few of the monitor's pluses: Bright - Very bright! Using DVI input, I really had to tone it down. It was literally lighting up my office in the daytime! Using on a Mac Pro - The font displayed is of good quality. Some monitors are simply not a good match for OS X's font format but this monitor works well. By the way, the included CD does offer a monitor driver for the Mac. Lightweight - You can lift with one hand and manipulate as needed. Sleep recovery - It resumes from a sleep state quickly! Very little delay, and I like that. It also does not attempt to roam the different video input ports. It immediately locks onto the signal it detects and runs with it. I have only tested the DVI input, so I cannot advise the quality of the other ports. No heat - A very nice departure from my former NEC roaster.
Cons: Now for some downsides: No electric eye - I am coming from a fading NEC 2690 monitor with a built-in electric eye to adjust its brightness from daytime use to nighttime. Again, this thing is so freaking bright, it's tough on the eyes at times. Color - It seems a bit washed out. Perhaps I'm used to NEC's vibrant colors from a $1300 monitor! The color quality is still acceptable with this unit but it's nowhere near the grade of the calibration capable models. Speakers - Meh. Don't bother. Get some decent amplified speakers and enjoy. No DVI cable included - Now come on, Viewsonic. You supply all the other cables *including* HDMI but no DVI? Not that I personally needed a cable, but it's the principle.
Overall Review: Overall, a 5-star purchase for the price class. One last comment. The display panel is NOT to the edge of the unit. There is indeed a 1/2 inch bezel between the panel and the outer case. So it is certainly not "to the edge" as one might think. Regardless, it remains an attractive unit which I am enjoying using. I miss my NEC but this is a newer alternative and it contains a decent grade IPS panel. You won't be disappointed. Newegg shipping first class as always. Thanks, Newegg!