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Viewsonic 22inch Panel VX2245wm 

This is a widescreen panel that is also a dock for your iPod allowing you to charge and or play it while working at your PC. Just like the Swiss army knife this has more much more.
Viewsonic VX2245wm monitor and iPod dock station

For regular readers the Viewsonic VX2245 is basically the same unit as I reviewed on the 6/6/07 but as that was a 19inch panel it's maximum display size was 1440x900 while this 22inch one can display 1680x1050.

The overall dimensions are 52x38x6cm and it weighs a little over 6kilos. I remember my first 17inch monitor if you moved it you certainly had somewhere nearby to put it down again. Here this far larger panel is easy to move as often as you like while monitors got lighter there bulk was always their depth and with this Viewsonic panel the base is the footprint as well as the depth. It is 17cm deep and 30cm wide. The base raises the panel around 11cm from the desk.

The actual outer measurements of the visible display area are 47.5x30cm giving the 22inch diagonal measurement.

So for those you have not read the 19inch review what are the extras you get. The base is a four port USB hub (needs power from the supplied adapter) as well as an 8 in 1 card reader. It has built in speakers, a headphone jack and even a microphone. With the various VOIP offerings such as Skype this could save a whole raft of extra leads for things such as microphones or USB phones on your desk. I wonder how long before a panel is produced with a built in webcam? With the 19inch offering I noted the lack of a cuddly toy but with this bigger Sibling I think it should at least make the tea.

iPod in Viewsonic VX2245wm docking station

Before we go totally off the radar lets return to what this is a rather good flat panel. So while it can charge your iPod and be your speakers and microphone as well as reading cards and giving you extra USB ports I expect you will buy it as ?? a panel.

I used it both with analogue and digital connections and to be honest both looked almost identical to me. The extra size over say the 19inch comes at a monetary price however the extra desk space size is not huge. Being widescreen things like DVD's look better and naturally appear larger as they are nearer to the size to keep the correct aspect ratio.

Anyone dreaming of the clear desk would certainly enjoy the extras offered by this panel, should you own an iPod then one of the six sleeves provided should make the dock fit your version. If you want your PC to be out of sight then being able to plug cards or USB pen/stick drives into the panel are all helpful. Of course PC's tend not to have floppy drives today so the only time you need to ferret around under the desk or wherever you keep your PC is when you place a CD or DVD in the drive.

I was happy with the quality and depth of colour of the images displayed, using the panel for long (12-14 hour) days the quality seemed the same, unlike some panels the colour did not change and neither did the image size. There are of course controls to make adjustments but I found the auto adjustment worked perfectly.

Doing my Internet searches found the Viewsonic VX2245wm at a best price of £248.31 from the first link below.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000JP8I00

http://www.viewsoniceurope.com/UK/Products/LCDX/VX2245wm.htm

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