Joined on 03/29/04
Superb choice for today's gamer..
Pros: Wow. For the longest time I swore as a gamer that I would never take up LCDs, for fear up ghosting and thus poor gaming performance. Today's LCDs are definitely up to par for gaming, I noticed no ghosting at all in BF2 and Oblivion. Colors are very crisp and bright, a huge improvement over my CRT, and the widescreen is just an added bonus, I love it. Nowadays, nearly all comes have native widescreen resolutions, but even in games like BF2 where you have to rig it to work, it still looks great. Beautiful picture, performance and a very nice looking unit combine to make this a great purchase for any gamer today. I'm never going back to CRT.
Cons: Can't find anything wrong with the monitor, nothing displeases me in the slightest.
Overall Review: Thought I had 1 dead pixel, but I rubbed the screen just a little and it went away. Maybe it was just a bit of dust. :P
Pros: Where to begin... The picture is absolutely excellent, comparable to many very high end TVs that cost significantly more. The sound is quite acceptable for general TV viewing, if you don't want to bother piping the audio through a receiver. The packaging is very good, very thick, you'd practically have to ram something straight through the box in order to damage the unit. The panel itself is very sleek and clean, seems very well constructed and solid, partially represented in the fact that it weighs something like 83 pounds. 2 HDMI inputs for those who need them as well as the usual plethora of component, RCA, etc. The menus are plenty easy to navigate, and just take a little getting used to.
Cons: Not much of anything to say. The remote is cheap, comparable to what you'd expect from a $50 DVD player, not an $800 LCD, but it works. I'll be replacing it with a compatible universal learning remote, so it's a moot point. My other device remotes (cable box, receiver) could not control the TV, so the selection of compatible remotes seems to be minimal. I wasn't able to pick up any HD channels over the air, but I don't know whether that is my lack of antenna or the fact that I live in a relatively brand new development where HD broadcasts might not be reaching.
Overall Review: I'm unsure how this is possible, but just for kicks I set my 1080p upconverting DVD player to 1080p, knowing full well the LCD unit was 1080i compatible at most, and to my surprise, it works. Whether it really it displaying 1080i or 1080p is difficult to tell, but the LCD unit actually shows on the on-screen display that it is receiving and displaying a 1080p signal via HDMI port 1. This might be one of those hidden gems, a unit that is sold as 1080i for pricing purposes, but really uses a panel capable of 1080p. Regardless, the picture looks very very good, so I'm pleased. I've been a long term Viewsonic fan since the early days of PC computing, and have been purchasing their units for as long as I've been purchasing PCs. It's nice to know they made a very solid transition into the LCD market, and I'd recommend this unit to anyone, especially at that price.
Perfect personal photo printer!
Pros: Great photo printer! Really high quality prints, can't imagine them looking any better. The unit itself is very simple to use, even in stand-alone (w/o a PC) mode. My wife is having a blast printing out all the baby pictures she has stored on DVD, and finally I don't have to hear about us needing a color printer anymore! :) Fantastic unit, great colors, great prints, very reasonably priced ink and paper. Would definitely buy again. And newegg is the best, as usual!
Comments: alha, Broz meant that the reason LBD was lagging in Farcry on High settings with this card was because he only has 512MB RAM. It's not the 9800PRO responsible for the lag, it's the lack of memory. Farcry takes more memory than 512MB to run, and when it starts digging into the pagefile, performance decreases drastically, causing lag.