Pros Picture sharpness, plug in and it is ready to go, widescreen
Cons Height adjustment
Summary An unbelieveable monitor for the price. Was somewhat concerned about my current system capabilites (video card) of pushing this "thing". But the difference is unbelievable when compared to my old FP (2 yrs-then pop). I made my decision from reading these reviews, so I felt the need to comment here. BE careful, of the prices you see listed here if they involve ViewSonic rebates through the retailer. If you do not buy alot of computer equipment, such as I, do not buy from Office Depot for instance, because the rebate program is so confusing you will make a mistake and end up overpaying greatly. ($75 to $100) I had thought the rebate horrors had gone by the wayside after the HP episode.
Pros Cheap, very clear and true picture reproduction, contrast ratio
Cons No wall hanging upgrade option, Fixed base
Summary Well it was time to upgrade that old Viewsonic CRT. First bought a "Princeton" 19" LCD. Returned "3 units" because of bad pixels. (I guess they figured people won't notice or somebody dropped the load ??) And then I found this nice 19" (Wide screen) at the same exact price. Never looked back. No trails on fast motion which was my concern as I use it for 3D animation. It's a keeper...
Pros Good price, bright
Cons Image burn. Design is clumsy.
Summary I purchased VA1912wb 5 months ago and was pleased at first. But then i noticed a light bar at top of the screen. This bleaching effect is not visible while i work as it is exactly where the window bar and menu lines are. But it becomes apparent when i'm looking at the desktop or watching dvd movies. It is as if my screen is scratched and the scratch is getting lighter and more prominent. It turns out this is what they call image burn (image persistence). I've never seen this effect until with this LCD. So you know i don't do anything extreme with it, i work during the day, turn it off during night, and have screen saver running during the day when i'm away from the desk â€“ so the image burn problem with my ViewSonic VA1912wb is definitely due to poor screen quality. I talked to customer service and it would take them 2 weeks to fix/replace the monitor once i ship it to their repair center. So i either have to put up with this light bar and hope it doesn't get worse, or i have to buy a new monitor, ship this one at my cost, and wait 2+ weeks for this one to be repaired â€“ i don't like either options.
BTW, just recently over thanksgiving the monitor was off for 5 days. When i came back things did get a little better but the image burn promptly came back within a day or two of use. My recommendation is stay away from this model. ViewSonic is probably skimping on quality to bring the price down.
Pros Clear bright screen, decent warranty, Digital and VGA cables included
Cons limited adjustments, Possible reliability issues long term
Summary This monitor has same native resolution as the Apple Macbook Pro 15 inch model, and it's a lot cheaper than the apple 20". The screen is bright and clear and aside from lack height adjustments I have few complaints.
I have never had a problem with any Viewsonic monitors but hesitated in purchasing this one because in the last year, 4 out of 5 viewsonic LCD panels we had at the office died after a few months. In Viewsonic's defense, they do readily replace the ones that go down.
"Disappointing"on by CliveT
Pros Neat size and great format
Cons Muddy image
Summary I took it back because I couldn't get any life out of the image. Whatever tweaking(contrast/brightness et al.) I tried, I could not see things and shades of colour that I can see on my old Samsung LCD. It was disappointment because my previous experience with Viewsonic put them at the top and the format was perfect for my needs