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This monitor was bought as a replacement for a non-widescreen monitor, which is used as an external monitor to a docked laptop.
The first thing to notice is the shiny black bezel in a somewhat angular style, incorporating what I would call a chin or goatee at the bottom. In a working environment this is at odds with the surrounding equipment and gives it a cheap looking non-durable style, however in a home setting, this settles in perfectly with a relaxed atmosphere and what was a cheap look becomes stylish and upmarket.
The monitor comes with a stand which is easy to adjust for tilt, but like the bezel, it too is made of shiny plastic and suits a home environment more than the workplace.
Setting up the monitor was extremely easy, the stand connects with a solid click and the ports are easy to access. The ports are aligned perpendicular to the back so connecting the cables was a cinch, but I prefer ports that are in line which would allow better cable management, as it is, the (thick) cables stick out a good two inches before they can be tucked away.
The screen is 19 inches wide with a HD resolution of 1440x900. This is more than enough for work, being able to have a full spread sheet open without having to scroll across the screen too often. The colours are consistent with a bright even backlight, LED no less, generating a clear image whether watching a film or typing up a document. I don't use this monitor for gaming, but I don't see how that would be a problem based on how well it handles fast paced scenes in videos.
Finally, the monitor features built in speakers. These are a useful feature to have for those on a budget, but they are poor quality. They lack any bass and have a tinny sound and have vibration and distortion at higher volumes. I much prefer using the laptops built in speakers for any task. But for the price, around £95 I paid, speakers were a bonus rather than essential.
ViewSonic's VA1948m-LED features an LED backlight 19" (18.95" viewable) thin bezel widescreen monitor with integrated speakers. Environmentally friendly mercury-free VA1948m-LED offers Full HD 1440 x 900 resolution, 10,000,000:1 MEGA dynamic contrast ratio, DVI and VGA inputs, 5ms response time, VESA mountable glossy finish design. The aspect ratio adjustment feature automatically senses the input single and will not stretch a 4:3 signal but instead will position the image in the middle of the screen with side bars. Energy Star 5.0 certification, the industry's best pixel performance policy, and energy saving Eco-mode make the VA1948m-LED a great long-term investment.
|Product Description:||ViewSonic VA1948m-LED - LED monitor - 19"|
|Device Type:||LED-backlit LCD monitor - 19"|
|Built-in Devices:||Stereo speakers|
|Native Resolution:||1440 x 900|
|Contrast Ratio:||1000:1 / 10000000:1 (dynamic)|
|Response Time:||5 ms|
|Input Connectors:||DVI-D, VGA|
|Display Position Adjustments:||Tilt|
|Screen Coating:||Anti-glare, hard coating|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||45.6 cm x 22 cm x 37.8 cm - with stand|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Silver|
|Compliant Standards:||FCC Class B certified, UL, C-Tick, BSMI, cUL, NEMKO, SASO, CB, ICES-003 Class B, CCC, PSB, RoHS, WEEE, ICES, GOST-R, REACH, TCO Displays 5.1, ErP Ready, UkrSEPRO|