The ViewSonic VX2255wmh’s polished styling and impact looks are probably the most significant aspect of a screen that’s otherwise merely pleasing rather than awe-inspiring.

Many a black, silver or grey flat-panel passes through the PC Advisor test labs, but we haven’t seen too many white screens. Whether it’s down to the stigma of sharing a colour scheme with the traditional Apple Mac, or whether it’s simply because manufacturers are too practical to offer a shade that’s so inviting to passing dirt particles, it’s true to say that the PC market has never entirely embraced the colour white. Which is a shame, as the ViewSonic VX2255wmh’s polished styling and impact looks are probably the most significant aspect of a screen that’s otherwise merely pleasing rather than awe-inspiring.

Actually, there is one more feature that does stand out – the ViewSonic VX2255wmh's integrated webcam. Admittedly this isn’t of stunning quality, but it’s certainly more than adequate for a touch of video conferencing or a Skype call.

But one look at the rest of the ViewSonic VX2255wmh's specifications tells you that this screen is hardly going to tear up the standards set by previous flat-panels. That 700:1 contrast ratio is certainly acceptable, but how many modern 22in screens don’t offer at least this figure? So, no chance to distinguish itself there.

The ViewSonic VX2255wmh's viewing angles are supposedly 170/170, but the ViewSonic does have the unnerving habit of fading on you should you move a little too much to the left or right. The 3ms response rate (5ms if you’re not counting grey-to-grey) is quite decent although, again, there are screens that can go lower still – and, in any case, once you get to this a response rate of 8ms or so, few users are really going to register any difference.

The ViewSonic isn’t the brightest of screens – you can blame the 280cd/m2 rating for that – and the image is slightly muddy. Neither is the consistency of the ViewSonic VX2255wmh's picture amazing. For all that though, the ViewSonic’s overall quality is actually quite acceptable. DVD playback is vivid, and most of our test pictures looked perfectly fine. There are undoubtedly flat-panels out there, though, that offer more colour and more precision.