A new 23 inch 3D monitor
Many manufacturers of gadgets have come and gone, but some have stayed and continue to stay, much to their fans’ delight and their anticipation of new releases. Founded in the early 90s, ViewSonic has a long and successful history of producing TVs and monitors that can still be seen in our friends’ houses. The reasons behind their success are many, we’ll just count the eye-popping contrast and colors. But in an age where plasma TVs, tablets and laptops rule, does the company have what it takes to remain on top in the industry? Our tests gave us the following replies.
1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
ViewSonic’s V3D231 is a monitor that’s ready for 3D action directly out of the box. Unwrapping it we saw a screen of 23″ displaying a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel and, after turning the monitor on with the remote control or by pushing the Power button, we noticed the results of such specifications as those above: clear and beautiful images with lots and lots of sharpness for improved quality. Even better, viewing angles offered us the same clear images with lovely colors, brightness and sharpness even if we were sitting on a chair to the far right of the display. The dynamic contrast ratio is one of the most generous around and the 2ms response time is very fast and it will make gamers swoon. The contrast is one that will blow your mind away and the same effect you’ll get after seeing how much black and white levels rule. Watching movies in high definition at 1080p was definitely one of the best experiences ever. You’ll have to be careful with the brightness, because the factory set it at 100%. Bleeding resulting from backlight was no issue on the monitor we tested.
SRS Premium Sound
Because the speakers of the V3D231 are built-in 2x2W SRS Premium Sound, you’ll soon discover that their quality leaves much to be desired. But with today’s developments, you can buy another, better pair of speakers if you want the real deal of “Premium Sound”.
Ports, inputs and other connectivity options to enable the use of different devices consist of HDMI 1.4a, VGA, DVI, Audio In and Audio Out. In our reviewing history we’ve never come across more easy to open ports and inputs as the ones on ViewSonic’s V3D231, even if there lacks a system for managing a cable. The supplied footstand made us sweat, because we had to resort to a pencil to make it stick to the product and then, simultaneously, we were forced to push down the monitor to make it slide into place; the same sweating continued every time we disconnected the footstand. And then there was the issue of it attracting fingerprints and slight resistance when being tilted.
2 pairs of 3D glasses provided
The V3D231 thankfully provides not 1, but 2 different pairs of glasses for 3D watching; while one of them is standard, the other can be placed on top of your reading glasses (if you wear them). We saw no difference in quality between these sets and the 3D glasses we used at the cinema, with the exception of the sense of comfort we got with the ones offered by this monitor. To enhance the whole 3D thingie, the V3D231 reviewed here comes with software called TriDef that is able to turn photos that are 2D into 3D and offers compatibility with games. Sadly, though, this software can’t, for the life of it, work with all video formats.
The latest ViewSonic V3D231 costs $349 and it’s money well-spent.
|Display characteristics||23″ LED panel|
|Maxium Resolution||1920×1080 Full HD|
|Viewing Angles||170º horizontal, 160º vertical|
|Contrast Ratio||20M:1 DCR|
|Brightness||250 cd/m2 (typ)|
|Response Time||2ms (GTG)|
|Digital||DVI-D/HDMI (TMDS, 100 ohms)|
|Analog||RGB analog (75 ohms, 0.7/1.0 Vp-p)|
|Sync||Separate Sync/Composite Sync/SOG|
|Digital||DVI/HDMI 1.4/ 3D spec|
|Audio||3.5mm jack (blue/green)|
|Speakers||2W x 2 (SRS Premium Sound®)|
|3D Requirements||VGA or DVI Operatating System: Windows® XP (SP3) (32 bit only), Windows® (TriDef Software) Vista (32 bit only) or Windows® 7 (32 or 64 bit) CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core CPU or better Memory: 1GB RAM GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 GT or ATI X1650 XT HDMI 3D Supports: HDMI compatible PC, 3D Blu-ray player or PS3 (Source device must support HDMI 1.4a 3D)|
|3D Glasses||Type: Polarized Battery: None|
|Voltage||AC 100-240V; 50/60Hz|
|Stand By (W)||<1W|
|Weight With Stand||7.9 lbs. (3.58 kg)|
|Weight Without Stand||6.7 lbs. (3.33 kg)|
|Physical Without Stand||21.6 x 13.4 x 1.5 (in) / 548 x 340 x 38 (mm)|
|Physical With Stand||21.6 x 15.3 x 7.5 (in) / 548 x 388 x 190 (mm)|
|Packaging||23.8 x 16.5 x 4.4 (in) / 604 x 419 x 113 (mm)|