ViewSonic told us that while it has previously positioned itself as a provider of flat-panel monitors with ultra-fast response times, this year it will pushing the boundaries of colour reproduction and image quality. The display maker wants to raise awareness of colour reproduction, and is showing off a couple of monitors it claims deliver better colour gamuts than anything else on the market.
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First up is the VLED221wm, a 22in widescreen monitor featuring an LED backlight. ViewSonic said this contributes to the model achieving an 118 percent colour gamut based on the National Television System Committee (NTSC) guidelines. The screen, which supports 1680 x 1050 resolution, will cost $799 in the US, and although the £499 UK price tag is a hefty hike, it's still a great deal cheaper than any competing monitors on the market offering the same spec.
As well as the impressive colour reproduction, the screen is also the world's first to offer a 12,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, according to ViewSonic. The company intends to push it to the pre-press market and to gamers, though also sees it as the ideal fit for medical apps and graphics design.
But the advanced colour technology is not restricted to the LED-based screen – ViewSonic's new VP 50 Series also offers up to 110 percent NTSC colour gamut. This range includes the 22in widescreen VP2250wb, the 26in widescreen VP2650wb and a traditional 4:3 19inch VP950b.
The company said that dynamic contrast ratios and 2ms response times would be offered by all new monitors in the UK.
Other than flat-panel monitors, ViewSonic is showing off its projector range and claims to be the fastest-growing projector manufacturer in the UK. However, the company revealed that its ViewDock model – which features and iPod dock – is not setting the world alight, despite proving popular among the iPod generation. Similarly, the ViewSonic flat-panel monitors with an iPod dock haven't been a big hit, and ViewSonic told us it has stopped selling them in the UK.