Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ViewSonic VX2776: The 27-inch design monitor

ViewSonic VX2776: The 27-inch design monitor
The ViewSonic relies on the design and beautiful image of the VX2776 to seduce the customer. But the manufacturer seems to have forgotten a point not negligible: ergonomics.


ViewSonic VX2776 CHARACTERISTICS:
  • Diagonal: 27 inches
  • IPS: Tile
  • Definition: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time: 4 ms
  • Interfaces: (HDMI / DVI / VGA / YUV)


The Viewsonic VX2776-smhd is a fairly standard monitor. It features a 27-inch IPS panel with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 px), basic connectivity and limited ergonomics. It puts everything on the aesthetic, with its worked foot and its fine frame. The Viewsonic VX2776-smhd monitor is sold at around 270 €, which is not necessarily cheap for a full HD monitor of this diagonal. The design is neat. The screen edges are fine and its design is worked especially on the foot. This screen uses a matte slab that filters out all the reflections. In addition, the screen edges are quite thin.

This monitor offers only one position adjustment: the inclination varies from -5 ° to + 17 °. It does not offer rotation or pivot and, more problematic, no adjustment of the height. The back is very classic. The matt plastic is of fairly average quality and the fingers easily leave traces. The shiny side tries to raise the level. We like it or not. The foot is quite worked. The chrome metal part where the ViewSonic logo appears is fairly fragile and scratches easily. It is therefore necessary to pay attention to the objects that are placed beside.

The connection is quite conventional: an HDMI input, a VGA input and a DisplayPort input for video. For sound, there is an analog audio input and output. This screen also features two 3-watt speakers of fairly average quality. They are just enough to watch videos on YouTube. For the rest, it is advisable to opt for a PC speaker kit or a good headphone. The six buttons on the lower slice turn on the monitor and access the various settings. The system is not frankly practical and one frequently mistakes key. With the brightness at 100 in sRGB mode for a white to 150 cd / m², the Viewsonic VP2468 consumes 21 watts, a relative consumption of 104 W / m²; This is slightly higher than the average of the monitors (100 W / m²). With the minimum brightness (35 cd / m²), consumption drops to 10 W.
  
By default, this Viewsonic VX2776 delivers a pretty good image. The delta E - difference between the requested colors and the displayed colors and measured at 2.9 results in fairly accurate color reproduction. The gamma curve is stable and averaged over the reference value (2.2). Finally, the temperature is a bit too hot on the beginning of the spectrum, but it catches up on the rest. Opting for sRGB mode makes it possible to find an almost perfect image. We then increased the brightness to 100 to get a white close to 150 cd / m². The gamma curve is always close to perfection, the colors are a bit more faithful (Delta E at 2.5) and the temperature curve is perfectly stable and its mean slightly lower (6 760 K) and closer to the 6 500 K of reference. Calibrating the monitor with an ICC profile does not help. The curves remain the same.

ViewSonic VX2776: The 27-inch design monitor
Image credit by; lesnumeriques.com

The contrast of this monitor is quite disappointing. If the best IPS tiles can exceed 1200: 1, like the Philips 276E7, this is not the case here. The contrast peaks at 800: 1. This is very far from the contrast offered by the VA tiles, whose best representatives ( Eizo Fortis FG2421 and BenQ BL2410PT ) exceed 3000: 1. The average homogeneity variance was 9% for the entire 27-inch slab and no light leakage or  clouding was observed. Thanks to the IPS technology, the viewing angles are very good (no change in the black at 45 ° and a reduced luminosity).

The Viewsonic VX2776 monitor does not use Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to adjust the brightness. There is therefore no flicker when the brightness is reduced. In rare cases, this modulation can lead to eye strain and headaches. This is not the case with this monitor. It is also equipped with a blue light filter. This VX2776 does not offer overdrive adjustment. The moving objects are followed by a slight drag, the famous phenomenon of ghosting, which remains here very light and largely bearable. We measured the remanence at 11.5 ms, a correct value for an IPS panel. It is therefore quite possible to play with this monitor, even if it is not as reactive as the TN models. Finally, we measured the delay at the input ( lag ) at 10.5 ms. There is thus virtually no shift between the source and the monitor.

ViewSonic VX2776 STRONG POINTS
Image well calibrated.
Design.
Finish.
Delay in display.

ViewSonic VX2776 WEAK POINTS
Limited contrast.
No height adjustment.
No rotation and pivot.
No overdrive adjustment.

FINAL CONCLUSION:
The ViewSonic VX2776 is a monitor that sits in the right medium. If the sRGB mode is used, the IPS panel is well calibrated, but the contrast is limited. Its biggest weak point is its ergonomics. It is necessary to be content with the adjustment of the inclination. This is a bit chicken for a 27 inch monitor at this rate. The Iiyama XB2783HSU is certainly less design, but it is better equipped.

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