The ViewSonic VG2230wm's widescreen reproductions of graphics and text documents are easy on the eyes, and its price is relatively easy on the wallet.

ViewSonic's VG2230wm posted admirable scores on our text and graphics tests. Our panel of testers particularly praised the ViewSonic VG2230wm for its excellent balancing of colour and for its accurate rendering of text documents.

Images of fruit slices looked sumptuous, thanks to the ViewSonic VG2230wm's brightness and natural-looking colours. Text on web pages showed no signs of edge blur, so the VG2230wm should be good for people who spend hours reading Word documents or scanning long spreadsheets. Icons on these Office applications were well defined, and text (as on web pages) was razor sharp.

The ViewSonic VG2230wm lets you adjust its tilt, swivel and height. The true swivelling base can rotate 360 degrees, and the height-adjustable stand extends the monitor across an unusually large range, making it ideal for a setup with multiple users. A small steel wire clip inserts on the side of the ViewSonic VG2230wm's stand to secure the monitor to its minimum height. We'd have preferred a built-in button to lock down the stand, so we wouldn't have to worry about losing the wire.

Integrated speakers are another of the ViewSonic VG2230wm's extras. Not surprisingly, they seemed underpowered, producing muddled dialogue in our test DVD movies, although they handled the soundtrack and general background music better.

The ViewSonic VG2230wm's circular base is decorated with a raised wave pattern - a pattern that recurs on the sides of the black panel in the form of simple silver lines that slope at the bottom.

Four pill-size buttons and a small round button - aligned vertically on the righthand side of the ViewSonic VG2230wm - provide access to the monitor's OSD (on-screen display) and its power, respectively. Unhelpfully labelled '1' and '2', the OSD buttons don't aid you in navigating the OSD menu, so you may want to fire up the CD manual if you plan to adjust to the ViewSonic VG2230wm's settings significantly.

In displaying 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl', the ViewSonic VG2230wm tended to render scenes a bit the light side, infusing many backgrounds and foregrounds with a washed-out sheen. Colors in general were nicely saturated, although reds were on the pink side. Lighter skin tones also seemed too pink or too light, while the pirate Jack Sparrow's skin didn't have a dark enough tone.