The Bottom Line
The ViewSonic VX2835wm is a big display with a big flaw: poor color accuracy. You can calibrate the VX2835wm to perform better, but out of the box, it’s merely adequate.
The VX2835wm redeems itself to some extent with a fast 5 ms pixel response time (3 ms gray to gray) that helps reduce blurring and ghosting in fast-moving images, a plus for gamers and movie fans. It lacks a DVI connection, but the package includes a DVI to HDMI cable.
If you need, or just really want, a large display, and can put up with its less-than-stellar color reproduction, the ViewSonic VX2835wm offers good value for the money.
- Good value.
- Fast pixel response rate.
- Multiple video inputs.
- Includes DVI to HDMI cable.
- Poor color accuracy.
- No DVI input.
- Awkward to set up.
- Base doesn’t swivel.
- Limited adjustability.
- 1920x1200 native resolution
- 5 ms (3 ms gray to gray) pixel response rate
- VGA and HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs
- Three-year warranty
Guide Review - ViewSonic VX2835wm 28" Widescreen LCD Display
The ViewSonic VX2835wm 28” widescreen LCD display is almost as big as a display can get and still fit on a desk. If your desk looks anything like mine, you may have to find other homes for some things before you can even consider putting this monster on your desk. You may also find that you need to lean back a little now and then, to see the big picture.
The ViewSonic VX2835wm has a native resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, the same as a typical 24” display. This means you won’t see any more screen real estate than on a 24” display, but everything will be a little bigger. If you’ve been having trouble with small text or fine details on a smaller display, the VX2835wm should be much more comfortable.
Overall image quality is relatively good. Text is reasonably sharp, even at smaller font sizes, and detail in images is good. Color accuracy can be improved with calibration, but even so, this display will never be a good choice when color accuracy is important.
The large lower bezel detracts from the display’s overall design. The extra space houses a pair of 3W speakers that are of typically average quality. The stand has a somewhat large footprint, which is understandable considering the size of the display. I was irritated to discover that the stand doesn’t swivel, which makes it difficult to access the connections on the rear of the display. There are no height adjustment options, either. The best way to achieve adjustability (and save desktop space) would be to add a VESA-compatible wall mount (about $100), although that increases the overall cost.
The ViewSonic VX2835wm offers a wide range of video input options: VGA, HDCP-compatible HDMI, S-video, composite, and component. There’s no DVI input, but the package includes a DVI to HDMI cable. This display can easily serve as a budget-friendly component in a desktop entertainment center.