ViewSonic’s 27in VP2765-LED is a professional-grade monitor, yet it’s available at a significantly lower price than most such displays. It looms over the sub-24in competition, but offers the same 1920x1080 resolution. We’d want 2560x1440 pixels on a display this size, even at this price. See also: Group test: what's the best display?

The screen is well built, with a huge forked stand keeping things steady. The panel can be raised or lowered with one hand, and rotated into a portrait fashion. Visit Group test: What's the best 19 to 24-inch LCD monitor?

ViewSonic includes VGA, DVI and DisplayPort inputs, while HDMI devices can be attached using an HDMI-to-DVI cable. No speakers or audio outputs are built in, although there are four USB ports.

We were pleased to find hardware rather than touch-sensitive menu buttons, even if their black labels are almost invisible against the display’s black bezel. But we found it all too easy to mistake the power button for one of the ViewSonic’s configuration options.

Options here are rather basic: colour settings are limited to sRGB, four colour temperature presets and individual colour sliders. Unusually, there are no image presets, so you can’t quickly switch between different modes depending on the task at hand.

We were dazzled by the AMVA panel’s amazing brightness, measured at 378cd/m2. The black level of 0.31cd/m2 is reasonable, and resulted in a contrast ratio of 1,200:1 – slightly down on that of other AMVA monitors we’ve seen.

Neither were the ViewSonic’s viewing angles as good as we’d hoped. They’re by no means awful, but colours shift towards the corners of the screen as you focus on its centre. They are reasonably accurate, however. We measured 90 percent of the sRGB gamut, but just 61 percent of NTSC.

Gamers beware: a very slow response time of 25ms makes this display unsuitable for fast-paced action titles.

Power consumption is comparatively high, at 39W maximum brightness and 21W 120cd/m2.

ViewSonic VP2765-LED: Specs

  • Screen size/resolution[native and other resolutions]: 27-inch/1,920x1,080
  • Pixel pitch/response time: Not stated/25ms
  • Contrast ratio and measured contrast result: 20,000,000:1 dynamic/1,200:1
  • Screen brightness (cdm2)/colour range: 300/16.7 million
  • Viewing angles [vertical/horizontal]: 178/178
  • Height adjustment: yes
  • USB ports: 4
  • HDMI/DVI and VGA connections: no/yes/yes
  • Physical dimensions [w x d h in mm]: 642x365x474-608mm
  • Weight: 8.5kg
  • Warranty: Three years on-site
  • Screen size/resolution[native and other resolutions]: 27-inch/1,920x1,080
  • Pixel pitch/response time: Not stated/25ms
  • Contrast ratio and measured contrast result: 20,000,000:1 dynamic/1,200:1
  • Screen brightness (cdm2)/colour range: 300/16.7 million
  • Viewing angles [vertical/horizontal]: 178/178
  • Height adjustment: yes
  • USB ports: 4
  • HDMI/DVI and VGA connections: no/yes/yes
  • Physical dimensions [w x d h in mm]: 642x365x474-608mm
  • Weight: 8.5kg
  • Warranty: Three years on-site

OUR VERDICT

If you’re after a big screen, there are better choices than the VP2765-LED. Image quality isn’t bad, but the AOC is almost as good at £100 less. Hazro’s HZ27WA is still the best 27in monitor around.

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