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Written by Sushruta Bhattacharya - Edited by Olin Coles   
Monday, 24 March 2008
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Viewsonic VA702B 17-Inch LCD Monitor
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ViewSonic VA702B 17" Monitor

Very recently Benchmark Reviews celebrated our first year on the web, and held a contest for our readers. One of the incentives to earn additional contest entries was to submit a user review of the monitor or television of their choice. A few of these articles are good enough to share with our audience, so we hope that you will find it just as helpful as our professional reviews. In this short article, Sushruta Bhattacharya reviews his ViewSonic VA702B 17" LCD monitor.

The ViewSonic VA702B is a neat looking 17" LCD monitor with a metallic grey finish and collinear silver buttons placed at the front. A pair of integrated speakers is also present. I am not one who really cares about speakers in my LCD unless they find a way to integrate a subwoofer there somehow. For the records, the integrated speakers have an output power of 1 Watt each. Unlike other models, which has a built-in power adapter, this come with a separate power adapter.

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This monitor has a brightness level of 380 cd/m" which is higher than most of the LCD screens you get here. However the same cannot be said about the contrast ratio. It stands at 350:1 (typical) and 450:1 (max), which is slightly lower than most of the good LCDs today that manage a 600:1 ratio. However in practice, it didn't seem to make much of a difference. It boasts of a horizontal view angle of 160 degrees and 120 degrees for vertical. It supports a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels at 32-bit color depth. The frequency range supported by this model is 30 KHz to 82 KHz (Horizontal) and 50 Hz to 85 Hz (vertical). Just like most ViewSonic LCDs, there was no mention of dot pitch in the specifications, but I assume it is 0.264 mm.

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Most of the features supported by this monitor are similar to other monitors in the same range by Viewsonic, one major difference being the response time. The response time of this LCD stands at 8 ms, which was easily the best at the time I've bought this LCD 2 years ago. For those new to the LCD world, response time is basically the time taken by a liquid crystal cell in the LCD screen to change state i.e. to go from active to inactive and back to active state. The lesser time it takes for this state change, better the picture quality and lesser the ghosting effect. The response time is hardly a factor when you are looking at still images. It only comes into play when you are looking at high frames per second applications like games and videos. Higher response time is one of the major reasons why most of the gamers do not prefer a LCD screen over the classic CRT for gaming in spite of it being softer on the eyes. However 8 ms is really cool and I hardly noticed any ghosting effect when gaming on this one.

ViewSonic VA702B Specifications

ViewSonic's reliable performer delivers on a promise of quality standards like 300 nits of brightness (typ) and 500:1 contrast ratio (typ) for stunning, bright images. The VA702b features a 12ms video response time that produces crystal-clear graphics and HD-quality video for full brilliant, detailed color. Simplicity is executed through it's clean lines, slim bezel and minimalist footprint with a base designed to fold 90 degrees. The VESA wall mount makes the VA702b an unobtrusive integration to any décor. Packed with a powerful OnView control interface, precise performance is always a priority in this extremely affordable package. The stylish VA702b LCD display is an ideal choice for SOHO, education and government users.

LCD Panel

Type

17" color TFT active matrix SXGA LCD

Display Area

13.3" (horizontal) x 10.6" (vertical); 17.0" diagonal

Optimum Resolution

1280x1024

Contrast Ratio

500:1 (typ)

Viewing Angle

160° horizontal, 160° vertical @ contrast ratio > 5:1

Response Time

8ms (typ)

Brightness

300 cd/m2 (typ)

Light Source

Long life, 50,000 hrs. (typ)

Panel Surface

Anti-glare

POWER

Voltage

AC 100-240V, 5060Hz (auto switch)

Consumption

35W (typ)

COMPATIBILITY

PC

VGA up to 1280x1024 non-interlaced

Mac*

Power MacTM G3/G4/G5 up to 1280x1024

CONNECTOR

Analog

15-pin mini D-sub

Power

3-pin AC plug (CEE22)

CONTROLS

Basic

Power, 1, down, up, 2

OnView

Auto image adjust, contrast, brightness, ViewMatch color adjust (sRGB, 9300K, 6500K  default, 5400K, RGB), information (resolution, H. frequency, V. frequency, pixel clock, model number, serial number, web site), manual image adjust (H. size, H. position, V. position, fine tune, sharpness), setup menu (language, resolution notice, OSD position, OSD timeout, OSD background), memory recall

DIMENSIONS
(WxHxD)

Physical

378mm x 374mm x 196mm
14.9" x 14.7" x 7.7"

OPERATING CONDITIONS

Temperature

32-104°F (0-40°C)

Humidity

10-90% (non-condensing)

WEIGHT

Net

9.9 lb. (4.5 kg)

Gross

13.6 lb. (6.2 kg)

REGULATIONS

UL, cUL, FCC-B, CB report, CE, NOM, TUV/G5, TUV/GS, (covers ISO13406-2), TCO'03, GOST-R, PCBC, TUV-S EMI/B, VCCI, SASO, BSMI, CCC, ENERGY STAR, PSB, C-TICK, ENERGY, IRAM, ICES-B, RoHS

POWER MANAGEMENT

Meets TCO'03 and ENERGY STAR standards

VIDEO INPUT

Analog

RGB Analog (75 ohms, 0.7p)

Frequency

Fh: 30~82kHz, Fv: 50~85Hz

Sync

H/V Separated (TTL)

WARRANTY

Three-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight

Features

  • Super-fast 12ms video response delivers superior picture clarity
  • Dynamic StructureTM technology: Innovative liquid crystal composition and pixel matrix accelerate video response at frame rates up to 83 fps for seamless video and intense graphics.
  • Full 17" viewable screen: Displays a full, flat 17" viewable area with crisp detail and fully saturated color.
  • 1280x1024 native resolution: Incredible image detail for sharp text and graphics.
  • High brightness and contrast: 300-nit brightness (typ) and 500:1 contrast ratio (typ) for rich, detailed images.
  • Stylish slim-bezel design: An ultra-thin bezel lets you see more without taking up valuable desktop real estate.
  • OSD/Power lock secures your settings: Prevents changes to monitor settings and maintains an optimized image.
  • OnView controls for superior screen adjustability: Screen adjustments are precisely made via an easy-to-use on-screen menu.
  • Integrated power supply
  • ViewSonic Wizard included: User-friendly Wizard software automates the setup process to deliver optimized screen performance.
  • Flat folding base for easy wall mounting
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • TCO and ENERGY STAR qualified



 

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