Meant to take the realism of games one notch higher, the Viewsonic 3D FuHzion VX2268wm is not a run-of-the-mill monitor. It supports Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision, so you are just one pair of glasses away from experiencing your games at a higher level of 3D. In theory, this makes your experience better than even a two-dimensional (2D) gaming monitor (an example would be the Alienware OptX AW2210). But keep in mind, this ViewSonic 3D monitor is priced much higher, yet is theoretically behind mainstream 22-inch PC monitors on the specifications front. Let's dig into this monitor to see if it is worth your hard-earned money.
You can view specialised 3D apps or games as they were meant to be, only when the chain is complete – GeForce 8 series graphics card or higher, GeForce 3D Vision kit, and Windows Vista or newer OS.
Design and Features
At the outset, remember that "three-dimensional" or 3D-ready monitors still occupy a niche, there are very few competing products, and that all 3D monitors generally share the same limitations on specifications (at the time of writing). To satisfy the fast response times required by gamers, they use TN-panels which offer less visual quality compared to IPS panels. The VX2268wm has a diagonal screen size of 22 inches, a display resolution of 1680x1050 (16:10 aspect ratio), and most importantly a high refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Lower priced monitors do offer higher resolutions of Full-HD (1920x1080) and are better suited to movies, but they can only attain a refresh rate of 60 Hz. For gamers, this number attains significance since a refresh rate of 120 Hz means double the potential fps (frames per second). This could reduce the "input lag" when taken in conjunction with the claimed grey-to-grey response time of 3.5 ms, which is also a better number than that seen on normal LCD monitors. Note that 120 Hz only impacts games, since even Blu-ray movies still do not output over 30 fps (thus 30Hz is all movies use in effect). Audio remained in sync while watching movies, and mouse lag in fast-paced FPS games was non-existent.
You can view specialised 3D apps or games as they were meant to be, only when the chain is complete – have a GeForce 8 series graphics card or higher, have a GeForce 3D Vision kit, and run Windows Vista or a newer OS. With this combination, you will have the stereoscopic glasses that convince your eyes to put two frames together and think of the screen as a 3D surface. Those with Radeon graphics cards cannot use the 3D capability of this monitor, since it is based on a competitor's (Nvidia) technology. The VX2268wm is rated to typically consume 49W while active.
The ViewSonic VX2268wm may not exude as much attitude as the Alienware OptX AW2210 gaming monitor, but is still quite stylish and will be at ease on a home PC desk. The base is shaped like a tear-drop. A gracefully slender neck connects the base to the monitor which has its own curves. But the monitor bezel is largely traditional and rectangular, with more depth than usually seen in other monitors of its size. The whole unit is colored black, with a silver line running through the base to add to its looks. The only display adjustment offered is tilting, although even this manages to disturb the base alarmingly. The facility of wall-mounting the monitor using VESA mounts is provided for, of course.
At the rear are display input ports for DVI and VGA, which is surprisingly spartan for such a niche monitor - there isn't even a HDMI port. The two 2-Watt speakers that are built-in admittedly are not meant to be top-notch, but they are left to the mercy of a 3.5mm audio line-in jack which adds to the number of cables. Considering all these cables and the power cable to deal with, the neck connecting the base to the main body of the monitor has a cable management facility.
Controls for the monitor’s OSD are button-based with four buttons placed at the center of the bezel. These round buttons are placed at the bottom facing downwards quite literally, the power button is still accessible from the front though. The location of these buttons, and the respective labels to help understand their functionality is sub-optimal, we thought. The intention of getting the buttons out of the way was noble, the method in which it was achieved was not. The OSD navigation system is intuitive and follows the standard ViewSonic layout (blue and white). It could even be said to be a bit too simple, with too few controls for a monitor such as this one.
The Viewsonic VX2268wm LCD monitor claims a dynamic contrast ratio (DCR) of 20,000:1 which is fine for movies and games. However, we disable DCR to measure its true contrast ratio, claimed to be 1000:1 which was then measured by our Chroma meter to be 344:1 which is average. We measured brightness of 258 cd/m2 which is good, but its black level of 0.66 cd/m2 was below average although parts of the screen offered a better reading. We run a battery of tests including those from Lavalys Everest, Lagom, and DisplayMate, measuring them with a Chroma meter. It scored well on the brightness and color temperature front, but otherwise did not put up a very convincing performance. Its color accuracy was acceptable, but the contrast levels were not, especially when DCR was enabled. It offers a color gamut of 72% as measured on the CIE1976 standard, which is as expected. For more details see the "Performance" tab of this review.
The above graphs show the color gamut of the VX2268wm, on the sRGB and CIE1931 scales respectively.
Our subjective tests consisted of browsing and productivity apps, viewing photos, movies and playing games. The colors, and vibrancy were normal, as is to be expected of a TN-panel monitor with a matte screen. The screen was sharp and the color consistency was good across the screen, with the color temperature being remarkably close to the perfect number (6500K). Importantly for movie watchers, the depth of the black levels was just about acceptable during our movie playback. We saw very little backlight bleeding, which is a good thing for users.
The viewing angles of this monitor were on par with the better TN-panel monitors – 170 degrees horizontally, and 160 degrees vertically. There were no dead/stuck/colored pixels on the unit that came to us for review, as confirmed on 5 uni-color screens (completely dark, white and the 3 primary colors). Audio remained in sync while watching movies, and mouse lag in fast-paced FPS games was non-existent.
The Viewsonic VX2268wm FuHzion 3D monitor is one of a very small number of 120 Hz capable displays for 3D gaming. Take away this distinction from it and it is quite an average monitor, for non-3D tasks. Its performance, color reproduction, screen resolution, and display size would not otherwise stand to command the price of Rs. 35,999 as it currently does.
Priced at a level that could buy you a top-notch graphics quality 24-inch monitor (Dell UltraSharp U2410), or alternatively buy you four 22-inch Full-HD monitors, you really need to think over the value that this monitor could bring to your gaming - it could be worth it if you fully utilize its capabilities, else it is a very average monitor at a heart stopping price. This factor is the one that drops its rating by a lot in our review. Those who are not into cutting-edge 3D gaming have a bunch of other monitors as options, to either shave off a large portion of the cost or add a lot on the features front. You can view these alternatives in our list of Top 5 Full HD LCD Monitors for home users.