The ViewSonic VX2776 is such a good-looking monitor. Besides its gorgeous design, it also boasts an IPS panel for good colour accuracy and viewing angles, a sensibly designed on-screen display (OSD) and a nice selection of ports for connecting it up to your machine. Here’s our full review.
The ViewSonic VX2776-SMHD is a beautifully crafted monitor for the masses with suitability for a mixed range of uses in both the home and office. The brand has seen an increase in popularity thanks to their competitive products worthy of consideration such as the ViewSonic XG2700-4K which is one of our favorite UHD gaming monitors. Although the ViewSonic VX2776-SMHD does not have a high resolution and gamer-centric features like the XG2700-4K, let’s see what this desktop display stunner can do for your needs.
The first screen to be used with our new testing equipment is the ViewSonic VX2776-smhd. The 'VX' prefix indicates that this is part of the company's consumer range, rather than its professional or gaming families ('VP' and 'XG' respectively), so while it may not offer the latest features or top-tier performance, we're looking for a well balanced screen that's easy to use.
In terms of specs, the VX2776-smhd is a 27in 1080p panel. Having only a FullHD resolution at this size means that sharpness isn't going to be a strong point as the pixels per inch will be on the low side. Nonetheless, ViewSonic is using an IPS panel here, so image quality should be a step up from your average TN panel. Average grey-to-grey response time is quoted as 4ms, and the refresh rate at 1080p is capped to 60Hz, with no support for G-Sync or FreeSync: as we said, a gaming monitor this is not.
Viewing angles on the VX2776-SMHD are pretty great though with a claimed 178 degrees. This monitor has features such as Flicker-Free and blue light reduction technology that help put less stress on your eyes – although it is always advised to take regular breaks. I know that’s easier said then done, especially when gaming .
The On-Screen-Display (OSD) buttons live in the bottom right-hand side of the monitor. The buttons themselves are a bit fiddly to find and need a firm press. They aren’t really labelled so you’ll need to click on one of the buttons in order to reveal the quick access menu display.Once you’ve got the hang of it, the OSD is quite extensive. By pressing on any of the OSD buttons, you’ll be presented with a quick access to the view modes: contrast/brightness, input selection and to enter the monitor’s menu.
The stand allows you to tilt forwards by 5 degrees and backwards by 17 degrees. Unfortunately, there's no VESA mount and no height adjustment.
Alongside its silver bezel and brushed aluminium base stand, the monitor has a borderless design around the sides and top of the monitor. Like 'borderless' TVs, it really makes the image stand out and gives a more cinematic experience. It should be noted that there are black edges around the display, but millimetres of actual plastic bezel around the monitor.
At the back of the monitor, there are HDMI, DisplayPort and D-Sub (VGA) display inputs. There is also a headphone out and auxiliary input. Read next: How to connect a laptop to TV.The monitor comes with two 3-Watt speakers, which are only useful for Windows sounds and shouldn't be considered as adequate for music or gaming.
- In-Plane Switching (IPS) Technology
- HDMI / DisplayPort / VGA Inputs
- 1920 x 1080 Resolution
- 1,000:1 Contrast Ratio
- 250 cd/m² Brightness
- 178°/178° Viewing Angles
- 7 ms Response Time
- 16.7 Million Colors
- Dual Integrated Speakers
Lastly, most would be quick to judge that 1920 x 1080 isn’t attractive because of the lower pixel density despite the bigger form factor. Our time with the ViewSonic VX2776-SMHD dictates that for games or document processing, an FHD monitor still isn’t a bad choice if you have a capable 1080p graphics card or a limited spending budget for a display upgrade. Basic browsing and reading is a breeze as well since you don’t have to use scalers or squint at the fine text that much more.
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