The Good The ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion offers good gaming performance and is compatible with the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit. It also has built-in stereo speakers.
The Bad The price of the ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion is high for the package. Backlight flowing through the blood adversely affects the video playback quality, and it only has a DVI connection. No adjustment of screen height, rotation or rotation.
The Bottom Line ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion compatibility with stereoscopic 3D games is its only grace. However, its lack of capabilities does not allow us to recommend.
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The 22-inch ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion just doesn’t cost $ 350. For this price you only get DVI connections, poor movie playback quality, limited ergonomic and brightness calibration options for the OSD only. The games work well, and the VX225wm includes Nvidia 3D Visions Kit compatibility and built-in audio; however, the set costs an additional $ 200 and was a problem in our tests. On the contrary, although the HD2201 lacks the ergonomic options, its support for HDMI, great games and movie performance, as well as a bargain price – as low as $ 150 – make it a better buy.
Design and features
The 0.7-inch 0.7-inch ViewSonic VX2265wm black panel has a glossy surface that easily engages fingerprints. The bottom middle of the frame is decorated with a red, silver ViewSonic logo and two WOW SRS stereo speakers on the right and left. The panel is much thinner than most 22-inch monitors, measuring 0.5 inches. However, behind the panel, the display extends another two inches. Overall panel width is 20 inches; about the average for a screen this size. The 13.5-inch-wide 8-inch-wide stand does a poor job of preventing the display from oscillating when knocking on the sides. The bottom of the frame is about 3.5 inches from the desktop, but the height of the screen is not adjustable. There are also no screen rotation or rotation options that are useful if you prefer portrait mode. The ability to tilt the screen back 15 degrees is the only ergonomic feature.
Although the on-screen display buttons are included on the ViewSonic VX2265wm, only the brightness and volume of the speakers are regulated. Moreover, there is no on-screen GUI for the OSD. The on-screen display has four buttons. The “1” button adjusts the brightness with the up and down controls, and the “2” button adjusts the speaker volume. If you want to change other settings on the monitor, you will need to do this through the control panel of your video card. It’s not as accurate as it would be on the home screen.
The monitor has a DVI connection, but it lacks an HDMI connection or even a VGA. It is HDCP compliant so you can view protected HD content. The lone DVI port is easily accessible without obstacles and awkward angles, so as not to interfere. The screen has a aspect ratio of 16:10 with a native resolution of 1680×15050 pixels.
VX2265wm is one of the first consumer LCD monitors with 120Hz refresh rate. Support for dual-channel DVI cable, 120Hz refresh rate ensures display compatibility with Nvidia 3D Vision Kit stereoscopic 3D glasses for $ 199. The glasses offer 3D gaming extra depth to the image. For example, when playing Unreal Tournament 3, your maps and menu items look as if they were stickers that were glued to the screen, and the rest of the graphics – symbols, vehicles – looked much further.
When we increased the depth to more than 5 percent, we noticed many ghosts where each polygonal model had a “shadow” nearby. It was so distracting that games were impossible to play by more than five percent. We noticed this in the Nvidia driver test and Unreal Tournament 3. However, the ghost effect diminished as we upgraded our Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS to the GeForce 9600.
Check out the first snapshot of the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit for more in-depth impressions.
Resolution: 1680×1.050 pixels
Pixel Response Rate: 3ms
Contrast: 1000: 1
Brightness: 300cd / m2
HDCP compatible? So
Video cables included? DVI-D Dual link
We tested the ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion with its DVI connection. A display score of 85 for CNET Labs’ DisplayMate benchmarks is displayed, compared to the 22-inch HD2201 and ViewSonic VLED221wm gateways, which received a rating of 86. Although the display is sharp and works well in color accuracy tests, two sharp questions lowered its score. First, its backlight is very good in the lower and upper edges of dark screens. A firmware and ghost test that detects light or dark shadows that delay images in areas with high contrast changes was a second problem. During this test, we detected noticeable dark shadows following the stripes on the test screen. This should not be confused with the layer often found in moving images. This test only applies to problems that occur when large, crisp graphic elements such as bar graphs or tiled open window compositions are displayed.
According to our test, the ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion posted a brightness of 266 cand. Per square meter is much lower than the maximum of 300 cd / m2, stated ViewSonic. This is also below the Gateway HD2201 brightness of 289 cd / m2. Our tested contrast rating for VLED221wm actually exceeded the ViewSonic 1000: 1 requirement of 1,057: 1. Keep in mind that the methodology used by most suppliers to determine the contrast ratio is unknown; however, you can read about the CNET lab methodology here.
The backlighting mentioned above did not adversely affect the graphic quality of World of Warcraft on the ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion, as it looked as clear and colorful as the VLED221wm and HD2201. Not surprisingly, WoW looks great on just about every monitor we check. Unfortunately, viewing the game from below the optimal viewing angle made the screen darker so that we couldn’t see the graphic details of the game, which is typical of most TN panels and has nothing to do with game performance.
Although the WoW looked good, the backlight was significant enough to negatively affect the quality of the display when watching movies. With bleeding, the Kill Bill Vol. 1 DVD on the ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion had bright colors and shallow blacks, making the overall picture look yellow. Colors don’t appear as good as on the HD2201 gateway or even ViewSonic’s own VLED221wm. Decreasing monitor brightness is not a safeguard. We didn’t notice any motion-based movement or screen, and the screen remained sharp for DVD.
The Blu-ray 1080p version of “The House of Flying Daggers” suffered for the same reasons mentioned above.
The built-in speakers, located at the bottom of the panel, made decent sound, but lacked bass. However, they have enough volume to clearly hear the dialogue in the movie unless you are within 10 feet of a regular room with a volume level.
We couldn’t play movies at 120Hz refresh rate – be it DVD or Blu-ray – all we had was snow. There may be some evil to work around this, but usually the monitor cannot play 120 Hz movie discs when connected to a computer.
The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. From this angle, you view the colors and gamut by destination. Most monitors are not considered in any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen when viewed from sub-optimal angles. The ViewSonic VLED221wm uses a TN panel, and when viewed from the side or bottom, the screen seemed to darken when only a couple of centimeters away from the optimal position. Of course, when viewed from the optimum angle, we had no problems.
|ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion||Average watts per hour|
|On (Default Luminance)||36.56|
|On (Max Luminance)||36.56|
|On (Min Luminance)||14.02|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||27.91|
|Annual energy cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$11.21|
Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
292 NEC AccuSync LCD22WMGX
281 ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion
266 Dell SP2208WFP
258 ViewSonic VLED221wm
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion
1,057:1 NEC AccuSync LCD22WMGX
928:1 Dell SP2208WFP
927:1 Gateway HD2201
856:1 ViewSonic VLED221wm
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
90 ViewSonic VLED221wm
86 ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion
85 Gateway HD2201
84 NEC AccuSync LCD22WMGX
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Service and support
The ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion comes with a durable coating, including a three-year warranty covering parts, labor and lighting. The company offers 24-7 free tech support and email support. However, there is no support for web chats like some other providers. Navigating the ViewSonic website and finding the drivers and user guide was easy.