updated 09:25 am EDT, Tue June 25, 2002
ViewSonic today debuted four new LCD displays for graphics users that range in size from 15 inches to 18 inches and has added four new LCDs to its flagship VX series of LCD flat-panel displays as well as introduced an ultra-dense, wide-format 22" flat-panel display. [updated]
The VG500 (15"), VG700, VG750 and VG800 (18") offer support for resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 with contrast ratios of up to 600:1, high brightness of up to 260 nits and horizontal and vertical viewing angles of up to 160 degrees. The VG750 and VG800 also offer response time that is three times faster than conventional LCDs to produce "smear-free" images.
The LCDs offer a two-tone metallic-on-black design, bezel-integrated speakers and wall mount options.
The VG500 and VG800 are available now with estimated street prices after rebate of $470 and $880, respectively. The VG700 and VG750 will be available in July and August with estimated street prices of $750 and $790 respectively after mail-in rebate, according to the company; however, rebate information is not available on its Website.
Flagship VX series LCDs
ViewSonic also added four new LCDs to its flagship VX Series, designed for computer-aided design, video editing and gaming.
The 17-inch VX700, the 18-inch VX800, the 19-inch VX900 and the 20-inch VX2000 offer both analog and digital (DVI) inputs, with high-contrast imaging, improved response time, and ultra-wide viewing angles. The VX700, VX800 and VX900 offer an optimum resolution of 1280 x 1024 and contrast ratios of 550:1 and 600:1 and 600:1 respectively, while the VX2000 provides 1600 x 1200 resolution and a 600:1 contrast ratio. The VX Series is equipped with AutoTune, which automatically monitors video input from the computer and makes optimum image adjustments without user intervention.
The VX700 has an estimated street price (ESP) of $800, the VX800 is $915 ESP after mail-in rebate, the VX900 is $1,100 ESP after mail-in rebate and the VX2000 is $1,600 ESP after rebate.
Every VX Series display complies with the strictest safety and environmental standards, including TCO '99 and ENERGY STAR. All displays are backed by a three-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight and are eligible for ViewSonic's optional Express Exchange program, which guarantees a replacement monitor within 48 hours where service is available. ViewSonic offers 24-hour, toll-free technical support, seven days a week.
New High-density 22" LCD
ViewSonic's VP2290b is a 9.2 mega pixel (27.2 million RGB dots) LCD display that produces photo-like images with "ten times the pixel density of typical LCD displays. With a density of 204 pixels per inch and a resolution format up to 3840 x 2400 QUXGA, the 22.2-inch VP2290b offers the highest resolution currently available in the world."
It features a wide-screen format that allows desktop professionals to display two-full pages simultaneously, along with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 235-nits of high brightness, and a 400:1 contrast ratio. It supports the display of up to 16.7 million colors, 170-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles and a digital interface. The display will be available in August $8,000.