The Good Huge size for a cheap price. May contain 24p content. An impressive typical contrast ratio.
The Bad Automatic switching input consumes power. Low adjustability in the stand. The image is too sharp. Poor speakers. Side buttons.
The Bottom Line Priced at $ 599, the VX2739wm embodies the “cheap and fun” category. It’s definitely not a performance leader, but it does provide a huge, full HD monitor at an incredibly cheap price. We would bet that many people would be happy with that.
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Check out this striking contrast ratio – and it’s with dynamic contrast ratio off . We are likely to lose a lot of this by trying to make our grays more accurate. As a consumer level monitor, this is the best we can do to get closer to the exact colors – the VX2739wm is no longer able to correct colors.
|Measured levels (sRGB mode)|
|Black level (cd/m²)||0.20|
|White level (cd/m²)||147.43|
|Colour ΔE (compared to sRGB)|
Better, but greens are the way out.(CBS Interactive screenshot)
Although improving overall and the contrast remains quite impressive, in particular the calibration was thrown green. After all, this is probably the best we can get.
Although the monitor may have an HDMI port, it does not guarantee that it will display the image as expected. We plugged in the PlayStation 3 and checked for 24p as well as a Jeder and ran a HQV Blu-ray test to see how well it handles interlaced source and noise.
|24p capable||Understands YUV|| Mission Impossible III
Scene 11 judder test
| Mission Impossible III
Scene 14 judder test
resolution loss – stadium
|Total score (out of 100)|
As a nice surprise, the VX2739wm actually played 24p content. Not so enjoyable was its performance of the 1080i in HQV, failing each test. We can’t pretend it’s particularly bad for this industry – the vast majority of monitors pass these tests, and only high-end monitors such as the U2711. Thus, the VX2739wm is great for games with progressive permissions, but you want to stay away from the weaves and the judge present in MI:III Scenes are generally not suitable for viewing movies over HDMI.
Viewing angles were made using the Canon 40D in spot metering, with only shutter time adjusting for good exposure.
Viewing angles are not large, as is usually the case with TN-based panels. Also the norm for technology is image inversion when viewed from below.(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)
Backlight uniformity was measured by placing the HCFR in free mode, displaying a fully white image and recording brightness along a 5×3 grid on the screen. This should be considered as a guide only, since the uniformity of the backlight can vary from one unit to one.
Uniformity is a little bit everywhere, corners are brighter than usual.(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)
The VX2739wm suffered from obvious light emission at the top and bottom of the screen, which is unfortunately common among cheap monitors.
It is important to note that the effects of light bleeding are likely to vary from monitor to monitor, regardless of size.
We measured energy using a Jaycar digital energy meter. It is important to note here that due to the limitations of the meter, the measurements are limited to 1 W or more and reported in 1 W increments.
All measurements, brightness and contrast of the screen were set to 100 percent and the test image was displayed.
|Maximum power draw||57W|
Considering the screen size, maximum power consumption is quite good. It still draws 12 watts, though it doesn’t work, but not very efficiently to save energy.
ViewSonic offers a three-year warranty on its LCD products. If you have a bright or dark sub-pixel, you can return the monitor to the seller within 30 days from the date of purchase. After a 30-day DOA guarantee, things get a little bit messier. The tolerance levels are shown in the diagram below:
One dead pixel is required inside area 1. In Zones 2, 3, 4 and 5 you will need two dead pixels to get a replacement; and sections 6, 7, 8, and 9 take three before ViewSonic replaces your monitor.(Credit: ViewSonic)
Priced at $ 599, the VX2739wm embodies the “cheap and fun” category. It’s not extremely energy efficient, its HDMI performance is lower, and it’s best not to talk about speakers.
However, it does provide a huge, full HD monitor at an unbelievably cheap price – and we would bet that many people will be pleased with it.