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ViewSonic bows 16:9, 20K:1 contrast LCDs

updated 11:05 am EDT, Tue June 2, 2009

ViewSonic VG2x27 LCDs

ViewSonic this morning released three Graphics Series displays that all share a 16:9 aspect ratio and a particularly thin bezel tailored to multi-display setups. The 20-inch VG2027wm, 22-inch VG2227wm and the 24-inch VG2427wm have contrast ratios as high as 20,000:1 as well as an Eco Mode that drops power use by about 40 percent. DVI, VGA and two USB ports provide video input and peripherals.

The models are separated mostly by contrast and resolution. ViewSonic's newest 20-inch panel has a 1600x900 resolution but the full 20,000:1 contrast ratio; the 22-inch screen has the full 1920x1080 output with 10,000:1 contrast, while the 24-inch display receives both the full 1920x1080 resolution as well as the 20,000:1 contrast. Every model ships today with prices reaching $319, $399 and $499 with increasing size.

by MacNN Staff



  1. panjandrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's go even wider!

    I'm so glad to see that computer monitors are continuing to get shorter and wider. That 16x9 aspect ratio is the perfect excuse not to get as much real work done. I mean, who want's to actually see page content? It's just so over-rated! Give me just enough room for the menu-bar, the tool-bars of any particular program, and, oh, about an inch of working area below that. As look as it will play my movies wider I'll be so happy!

  1. 1yellowtang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wide is great.

    A widescreen monitor on my desk has been extremely valuable to me for "real work." I can fit a reference document and working document side by side. It now drives me crazy to work on a 4:3. 1680 wide is a little tight, 1920 is perfect. The 1080 and 1200 height also means I have a decent amount of vertical space as well. Price drops on LCD monitors have created huge opportunities for a better working environment for many people.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Whenever I see a monitor "review" I wonder if the monitor will rotate 90 degrees to give the wonderful "tall view" of web pages.

    For $500 I would hope so! But word of the fact is omitted, so probably not.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    another "trend" that I highly dislike. 1920 wide monitors have been 16:10 (i.e. 1200 vertical resolution) for a while now, but I'm seeing a trend to 16:9 (essentially losing 200 x 1920 worth of screen real estate). It also looks like we essentially pay the same as we paid for 16:10.

    pay the same - get less

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