5. Final thoughts
Viewsonic's VP930b is an interesting monitor with special features, abilities and an interesting price. With most users asking themselves which TFT monitor would be ideal for them, the Viewsonic VP930b steps in, with its many connectivity options and a very sturdy adjustment mechanism that allows you to set height, swivel and tilt, or rotate the display to 90°, 180° and 270°.
Thanks to its P-MVA panel, you won't notice any ghosting in games or DVD movies. The biggest problem with the monitor is probably the so called "X-Shape backlight leakage", which seems to be common among VP930b users after searching around the net. Till now there has been no workaround, other than reducing the brightness/contrast. The colours on our monitor were far from perfect, forcing us to use Viewsonic's RMA procedure to have the monitor replaced. We believe the washed out colours are due to a defective monitor, so we will update this review when we get our replacement monitor.
Our initial monitor did in fact turn out to be defective, and any problems with the colours have been fixed with the replacement unit. It is unfortunate however, that a stuck red pixel on the new unit has spoiled our initial jump for joy, since you need at least two to have the monitor replaced.
The price of the monitor ranges from €420~€480 (excluding VAT), which indicates that it is aimed at the professional market. We feel that at a somewhat lower price, this LCD display could be a good choice.
- Panel has P-MVA technology resulting high (>1000:1) contrast ratio
- P-MVA panel has 24-bit color resulting 16.7M colors
- Easy menu
- No ghosting in games and movies
- Many connectivity input options (2x D-sub15 and 1x DVI-D)
- Includes D-Sub15 and DVI-D cables
- Excellent height adjustment mechanism
- Cable management on stand
- 3 years warranty (0 pixels for specific regions)
- High price, especially considering specific problems we noticed
- 1280x720 resolution is not supported by hardware (HD 720p)
- Colours and black seem washed out (a defective unit perhaps?)
- Backlight bleeding at 4 corners (X-shape)