Viewsonic VP 2365
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The screen is 54x32cm; the viewable area is 51x28.7cm giving the notional imperial diagonal measurement of 23inches.
It certainly looks nice and a telescopic arm means it could be anywhere between 11 and 26cm above your desk in landscape mode. The depth of the unit is between 6 and 11cm and the fixed circular base that it sits on is 24cm across.
The connections are all on the rear under an overhang from the thickest part so nothing connected shows below the screen level. First there are the four USB ports in two rows of two then the (supplied) USB lead that goes to your PC or notebook. Next comes the VGA and then the DVI connectors. Nothing is behind the central column but once clear of this is the input for the power cable. This is a nice easy to find layout of all the connections.
The screen can tilt back to around 30 degrees and tilt forward by around 5 degrees. Providing there is enough slack on the various cables then the screen can be rotated through 360 degrees making whatever viewing angle you like.
You can use it without any extra software installation as a landscape panel, however for full functionality including the ability to Pivot 90 degrees or if you can find a reason 180 degrees or even 270 degrees you need the software on the included CD-Rom.
Documentation consists of a single A5 sheet with three illustrations the third of which insert the CD-Rom you then get a very swish presentation and a choice of applications to install, the top choice should do all that you need for Pivoting the panel. For me it could not automatically install the driver although it then gives you instructions on how to do it manually, this also failed as Windows it seems has a later driver already installed. All the choices for Pivoting work fine and the things it does install on a Windows 7 machine take 206MB.
The reason that there is so much vertical movement in the arm is to allow the panel to Pivot without touching the desk.
The front of the panel has five buttons, trial and error work out which does what as without the panel being turned on you cannot view and documentation that may be on the CD-Rom. The leftmost button shows the onscreen menu (1) the second button implements (2) the third button (on/off) and the last two move up and down the menus. There are tiny impressed numbers on the buttons but they are grey as are the buttons themselves.
The screen surround is a lovely matt black and the screen itself is also not very reflective something cheap panels do not have, they are always so reflective you could do your hair or makeup in them if the light is wrong.
This is an LED unit (rather than the older LCD), it has an echo mode backlight saving up to 50% and viewing angles very close to 180 degrees (178%).
There was plenty of brightness and contrast and the only real extra I would have liked was speakers but the surround was small so there would be no place to put them. A nice well thought out panel it just needs a bit of printed documentation.
The Viewsonic VP 2365 is available from the first link below for £224.04 including delivery.
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