Viewsonic has thrown caution to the winds by producing the Viewsonic VX2255wm-2 - a monitor with a shiny piano finish, which is white rather than the more usual black.

Shiny white doesn't show up finger prints and scratches as easily as black, but it's an unusual choice which may limit the appeal for some users. If it doesn't work for you, a more conventional black version of the Viewsonic VX2255wm-2 is available at a similar price.

The Viewsonic VX2255wm-2 is a standard 22in display with a resolution of 1,680 x 1,050. Physically there's a height adjustment but no swivel.

The stand is fairly lightweight and not very wide, so the Viewsonic VX2255wm-2 wobbles more than you might like. This won't be a problem in an office with a concrete floor, but it may affect some home users with old and less stable floorboards.

Connection is via both D-Sub and DVI-D. The built-in pair of speakers are tinny, even compared to other panels, but if you don't want to use the speakers, there's a convenient extra headphone socket on the Viewsonic VX2255wm-2's panel.

An interesting feature is the built-in webcam and microphone, connected via a USB socket. Unfortunately, there are no Mac drivers, so Mac users won't see any benefit from these extras.

Initial performance was mixed. Contrast is good with no obvious backlight bleed through, but the default settings add an obvious yellow cast to images. It took some wrestling with the onscreen display (OSD) to tame this, but without adjustment it's unlikely the Viewsonic VX2255wm-2 would be an ideal choice for either photography or video.

The OSD is not quite completely intuitive, but better than most. Video performance is good - the Viewsonic VX2255wm-2's quoted switching time of 5ms means there is no visible smearing at all.

OUR VERDICT

The Viewsonic VX2255wm-2 is a pretty popular PC monitor, and we can see why.