ViewSonic's VP2250wb is a 21.6in LCD monitor with 1,680x1,050-pixel widescreen resolution. It has both a DVI and a VGA port and features a fast 2ms response time, which helps when watching movies or playing games. The VP2250wb is a decent consumer-level display, but you'll need to calibrate it to improve the colour, and its narrow viewing angle limits the display's usefulness in a collaborative setting.

Setup was straightforward. We connected the ViewSonic VP2250wb to our PC via the DVI port using the included cable. The display can tilt forward and back and has up and down height adjustment. There's no ability to pivot into portrait mode, but we usually find that most people only use the pivot as an easy way to access the ports when plugging in the display, rather than actually using the display vertically. If you're one of those folks who do like displays tall and thin, then you'll either need to use the VESA mounts or look for a different display.

The ViewSonic VP2250wb booted into its native 1,680x1,050 resolution automatically. Once, when used in a multidisplay configuration, the ViewSonic VP2250wb booted into a higher, non-native resolution. While this was more helpful than displaying a black screen with an out-of-range message, you don't want to use the monitor in anything other than its native resolution - the ViewSonic VP2250wb looks pretty bad when displaying this interpolated mode.

Like most consumer monitors coming out of the box, the ViewSonic VP2250wb was overly bright and a little oversaturated at its default settings. Manufacturers do this so that the display stands out on a crowded shelf at your local retailer, but it results in inaccurate colour; for example, reds looked purple-ish and whites had a cool blue tint. Calibrating the ViewSonic VP2250wb helped immensely; in fact, looking at the ViewSonic VP2250wb straight on, it was hard to distinguish the monitor's images from some higher-end models.

The key, however, is the angle at which you look at the ViewSonic VP2250wb. Move to the left or right of centre (or up or down, for that matter) and the drop off in image quality is very noticeable. Far off of centre, the ViewSonic VP2250wb looks dingy and yellow and not very attractive at all. But you can start to see the shifts even if you move only slightly off centre. If you're sitting alone in front of your monitor, this shouldn't be too much of a problem. If you happen to collaborate with co-workers on a regular basis, know that the person sitting on your left or right may not be seeing the same colours that you are.

The ViewSonic VP2250wb boasts a very fast 2ms response time, which helps the display keep up with the framerates of video games or movies. We watched a variety of clips and games and the ViewSonic VP2250wb had no problem rendering the action.


Though colour professionals and those who often collaborate with co-workers may want to look elsewhere for a display with better viewing angles, the ViewSonic VP2250wb is a fine, affordable multimedia and general-purpose display.