Pros Sharpness of video when playing games and work space. Great monitor for work, although I would rather use CRTs for my photo editing, this monitor is still great for my work.
Cons Watching movies is iffy, it looks fuzzy at times. I use an ATI x800, will upgrade to PCi express video cards soon, but when I try to watch movies from DVDs, the video quality looks very fuzzy.
Summary For its price, this monitor is awesome. However, I want to find out how to make my video quality when watching DVDs look much better and without grain or fuzziness.
"Practically Perfect !"on by Zeppo
Pros Widescreen, Picture Quality, DVI Connection, Affordable
Cons No USB Ports - Speakers Not Necessary for Most
Summary It's hard to fault this monitor. Sure it doesn’t come with USB ports and not many buying such a nice monitor would opt to use the built-in speakers.
I bought this monitor for two main reasons: 1) Reviewers and users all over gave this monitor high praise, and 2) The 20.1" widescreen format works best for me.
Buyers should be aware of a couple things before buying:
1) Check to see if your video card can handle the required 1680x1050 screen resolution. LCD's are not the same as CRT's when it comes to resolution. LCD's work BEST at the manufactures recommended resolution, and my not work at all at other settings, or if it will, the text and picture quality will suffer greatly.
2) This monitor needs color/brightness/contrast adjustments during setup to optimize (correct) the picture quality. Most buyers will find that the brightness and contrast settings on the monitor itself will need to be lowered substantially. My brightness is set at 39% (came set at 100%) and my contrast is set at 50%. Next the gamma setting will need to be adjusted. This must be done through the video card settings offered when right-clicking one's desktop then, selecting PROPERTIES then, SETTINGS tab, then the ADVANCED button at the bottom right in SETTINGS. Clicking ADVANCED should show more tabs, one of which should represent your video card. Usually clicking your video card tab will allow a gamma setting adjustment. Some users may find a different way to get to this feature but it is important to adjust the gamma to eliminate the washed out look of the monitor. My gamma is set at 0.75 out of a possible max setting of 6.00. The setting was originally at 1.00 when I got the monitor. I had to lower it to bring the colors up and eliminate the washed out look. My monitor’s picture quality is much, much better after these adjustments. I’ve offered my settings to simply give an idea of what might need to be done – each person must find the setting that works best for their viewing.
After reading the above, I don’t want any potential buyer to not serious consider this monitor because some simple color adjustments must be made – most monitor need adjustments and these are easy to make.
The ViewSonic VX2025wm is an excellent quality widescreen monitor sold at a reasonable price. Some may buy this for watching movies or playing games, but for me, it’s the fact that I can have two documents open side-by-side and work between them with ease! It’s like I had two monitors but without the hassle of getting my cursor from one to the other. This is one of the best computer related purchases I’ve made. I love this widescreen format!Updated
...that my previous monitor was a very good 17" LG L1720P Flatron LCD that my daughter gets to use to replace her 17" CRT. Also, I paid about $100 more for it 1 1/2 years ago!
Pros Great color out of box. Good contrast/brightness ratio. Excellent text. Good for gaming. Looks sexy.
Cons Average video quality. No internal scaling
Summary I'm a 60% gamer, 40% graphic designer these days and it was time to upgrade from the old 17" crt. I tried a couple other LCD's but couldn't find one that could handle both worlds.
The 2025 handles colors and gradients quite well and holds it's own for the web work I do. It's brightness produces nice whites and text is very sharp. For the average user surfing the net or using word processing programs etc. this monitor will really impress you.
Widescreen is where it is at. I find the eyes work better side to side than vertical. Nothing like having to browser windows open side by side to compare things.
Gaming is a treat. The 8ms response time handles FPS games pretty damn well. I've had prior 16ms lcd's and thsoe made me sick from motion blur by the end of a night of gaming.
As for video playback I've seen better and yes it's one area this lcd could do better on, but hey what really do you need. If I'm gonna watch a DVD I'll pop it into the home theater.
For the money you can't beat this monitor. Make sure you shop for it on sale, seems to be on somewhere different each week.
Pros Good performance; very affordable widescreen
Cons Only RGB/DVI connections; No height adjustment; some 'screendoor' in corners
Summary I just upgraded from a 17" Viewsonic P-Series CRT to to this display which seemed to be the most affordable widescreen in the 19"-20" area. I was unfamiliar with Viewsonic's VX high-speed line and also consitered their VP920b 'square' display.
I gave it the rounds last night playing Halo, Fable, Ultima Online and some general web browsing.
Compared to my 17" CRT at 1024x768 there is TONS of desktop space with this panel. The native resolution is so fine (1680x1050) that default text can be difficult to read at a reasonable distance (and I have good vision). But contrast and image quality is quite good, though color reproduction isn't quite as good as my CRT was. On a pure black screen you notice some screen-door effect (ie light coming through causing poor black performance) in the corners. But it's about on par with other LCDs I've used.
This screen has a heavy fixed base and you can't adjust the height short of putting something under the base, but it does tilt.
Also there are only VGA and DVI connections on the back panel. So no composite, SVid, component, HDMI, and no USB hub which seem common on wide displays now.
3D games just looked phenominal. It was like going from 27" TV to my 42" plasma all over again. Landscapes were flawless and moved very smoothly across the entire screen. Ultima Online and other fixed-size Flash, etc. games were quite diminished by the high-resolution. For example, UO's gameplay window which is a fixed 800x600 square looks quite small, and using non-native resolutions to increase size (obviously) greatly deteriorate quality.
Video playback performance was pretty good but I did notice some flicker on the vertical edges of the video playback area (using WMP playing a DVD).
Pros Clarity, Sharpness, Built-In Speakers, Cable Management System, Size
Cons No Headphone Jacks, Adjustability
Summary I upgraded from a ViewSonic 17" CRT to this monitor and the changes in clarity and sharpness of image are astounding. This monitor also sports a pair of nice built-in speakers. The only reason this monitor doesn't get a 10 rating from me is for the lack of a headphone jack. Also, the tilt and height adjustments leave a little to be desired. Otherwise, this is the perfect monitor for me.