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Viewsonic VA902b 19inch LCD Review



I purchased a Viewsonic VA902b 19inch Flat Panel LCD Monitor on March 13, 2006. Here is my review.

Introduction
Let me preface this review by saying I’ve never owned an LCD, nor have I ever owned a 19″ display. I went after this display for a couple of reasons:

  • I’ve owned Viewsonic displays in the past and have been very happy with them.
  • The price of $160 (after rebates and coupons) was very right
  • Comments suggested the refresh was fast enough for no ghosting in video games

Thus far it has surpassed my expectations for being a “cheap” display.

I set my resolution at 1280×1024 @ 60Hz, which is the native resolution.

Technical Specifications

19″ color TFT active matrix SXGA LCD
Display Area: 14.8″ horizontal x 11.9″ vertical; 19.0″ diagonal
Native Resolution: 1280×1024
Contrast Ratio: 550:1 (typ)
Viewing Angle: 160° horizontal, 160° vertical @ contrast ratio > 5:1
Response Time: 8ms (typ)
Brightness: 270 cd/m2 (typ)
Light Source: Long life, 50,000 hrs. (typ)
Panel Surface: Anti-glare
Analog RGB Analog (75 ohms, 0.7p)
Frequency Fh: 30~82kHz, Fv: 50~85Hz
Sync H/V Separated (TTL)
VGA up to 1280×1024 non-interlaced
Dimensions 414mm x 407mm x 219mm (16.3″ x 16.0″ x 8.6″)
Three-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight

Gaming
School has been busy, but I was able to test a couple games on this display.

Warcraft 3:
This game performed perfectly, with seemingly less eye strain than on my previous 17″ Viewsonic CRT. Of course, that could be from my new glasses

Battlefield 2:
Played by my friend, all I could extract from him was “it looks good.”

Of course, I plan to test this more as time allows…

My Personal Thoughts and Opinions
Even though I’ve never owned an LCD, or even a CRT over 17″, I’ve used many. At my work I have a 4×19″ LCD system setup, Kessa uses a 19″ CRT, and Robin uses a 15″ LCD… and of course my 12″ laptop LCD.

The idea was to move to LCDs in order to reduce heat and electricity usage. Since the power outages we had at New Years, I’ve been looking for moderately priced (good quality) LCDs to do this. The first one was located :).

Pictures:
How could I have a review with pictures? Click on each for a larger image, or see the album.


That’s one big display, dog.

Quite stylish.

Wow, that’s THIN! And so is the display… :). Nice expression, too.

Welcome to your new home, VA902b.

“it looks good”.

Overall I would rate this screen a 10/10. I’ve yet to see a flaw, and quite a buy!



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