Displays are one of those hardware sections where the adage that you get what you pay for is often particularly true. The more money you spend the higher quality and more features you get. The key is often to get the most features in the most economic model.
Screens rarely make an impression like this one. I wanted to write a reasoned and logical introduction about what the screens’ stats were and how well it worked but it kept coming out as “I love this screen. Really!” Viewsonic have manufactured the VP2772 to give the best possible resolution and colour balances and it shows.
The VP2772 is a 27 inch ultra HD resolution display with a maximum resolution of 2560×1440 and uses a 12 bit colour engine that can produce over 68.7 billion colours. This is way outside what a standard monitor could show and explains why the monitor is aimed at those doing photography, graphic design work and the like. Viewsonic lists a huge collection of standards on their website that the monitor matches, but unless you are doing graphics design on a regular basis then these will probably be over your head – they were over mine. The bottom line is high-resolution and very high color accuracy.
From a connectivity point of view the VP2772 is extremely flexible. It has 2 Displayports (1 full size and 1 mini), HDMI, DVI and a Displayport output that lets you chain monitors together. The monitor allows switching between inputs easily so you could have different systems plugged in and switch back and forth as needed. It also has a built-in 4 port USB 3.0 powered hub with the USB ports in a convenient location. Cables for all connections are included.
The screen position is flexible with the included stand. Once set up it can be raised or lowered from a base height of 4″ to a maximum height of 10″. The screen tilts forward from the top by up to 5 degrees and back from the bottom by up to 23 degrees. The whole screen swivels up to 120 degrees each way from straight and finally it rotates completely to be in a portrait rather than landscape mode. The amount of force required to move it is low which I found a plus when I was adjusting it to the right position but does have the downside that it is very easy to knock it out of the perfect position. Finally the VP2772 has a standard 100mm VESA connector so it could be added to your own stand if desired – but be aware that it will be too heavy for some arms.
The stand the screen rests on is three supporting feet, one pointing backwards, one to the left and third to the right. It feels very stable and solid and is surprisingly heavy. The slight drawback is that the back facing foot means that it cannot go too close to the wall, not ideal for narrow desks.
Viewable Size: 27″ diagonal viewing space.
Physical size: Screen 25″ by 15″
Physical size: Stand extends 4″ forward and 11″ back (measured from the screen surface)
Resolution: Maximum 2560 x 1440
Contrast: up to 1000:1
Brightness: up to 350 cd/msquared
Viewing angles: Up to 178 degrees
Connectivity Input: 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, 1 Mini DisplayPort
Connectivity Output: 1 DisplayPort
Other Connectivity: USB 3.0 hub – 4 output Ports
Tilt: 5 degree forward, 23 degree back
VESA: Yes – 100mm x 100mm
This is a super powerful screen and as such it can’t be plugged into just any graphics card with an expectation of good results. Check your graphics card before buying and if it is not up to spec you’ll need to consider upgrading there as well. If you do plug it into a card that is not up to its full spec it will show you the resolution that the system can handle and warn you that settings are not optimum.
Visually the screen could be described as near perfect. A lot of time and effort has been spent designing it to provide the best possible colour balance and resolution and this time and effort has not been wasted.
The VP2772 is colour balanced on manufacture and comes with its own individual test sheet showing the exact colour balance the screen has tested to. This will be superfluous to most users but if that level of precision is needed it is a very nice touch.
Aside from the screen itself the device has one LED in the bottom right corner of the bezel. This is around a centimetre long and is lit to show power.
The VP2772 has a single mono speaker built into it. It can have sound routed to it via the HDMI from your PC. The speaker is not particularly loud but is of reasonable quality and by virtue of being behind the screen and always on is quite useful for notifications or windows sounds. It also has a 3.5mm output jack for headphones.
The screen has its own volume level and mute settings which are set to 50% by default. The screen itself is silent in operation with no fans or noise when adjusting the stand.
Input and Touch
There are three aspects to the physical interaction with the screen. Setup, positional adjustment and controls.
Setup requires clipping then screwing the stand to the screen and then plugging in your cables. The majority of the cable plugs are on the base of the large central protrusion on the back of the screen with the exception of two ‘out’ USB ports that are on the right hand side of the protrusion. There is no cable organisational system so I ended up with a number of cables hanging down all along the base of the screen. I considered fixing this with cable ties but realised this would have the effect of hampering the easy movement of the screen.
Once plugged in the position needs to be adjusted. The ideal ergonomic position is generally at about arm’s length with the top of the monitor about three inches above your natural eye line. The VP2772 makes this very easy to achieve.
Viewsonic has chosen to put all of its controls on the front bottom right of the screen bezel. This has the advantage of not having to hunt for controls or try to operate buttons that cannot be seen. There are five controls: 1, 2, down, up and power and they are all touch controls with no tactile feedback. On pressing any of 1, 2, up or down a menu appears in the middle of the screen. Up and down let you move the selection, 2 is selection and 1 is exit or back.
The menu system includes contrast/brightness, input selection, audio adjustment, color adjustment, information, manual image adjustment and memory recall.
Ease of Use
The VP2772 is straightforward to setup. Clip the stand together and plug in the appropriate cables, power on and go. Once running it will autodetect which input to use (assuming only one active input) and switch. The VP2772 will auto switch to the input resolution but will prompt you on screen if that resolution is not optimum. This prompt can be left for every reboot or switched off.
Included in the box is a quick start guide showing you how to plug it in, how to assemble the stand and how to get to more information online.
Included In The Box
- VP2772 Screen and stand
- Power cable – two part proprietary connector that includes a power brick
- DisplayPort Cable
- DVI Cable
- HDMI Cable
- USB 3.0 Extender cable
- Quick Start Guide
- CD wizard and drivers
The Viewsonic VP2772 is a monster of a screen. Its display has good resolution, brightness and impressive colour balance. Ergonomically its stand is easily adjustable and the VESA connector allows you to set up multi monitor stands. The screen is targeted at graphic designers, video editors and photographers and if you need a screen that can have its position or angle adjusted regularly or just want the best possible colour balance, it’s a great choice. Highly recommended.
The Viewsonic VP2772 was released in September 2013. The review is based on a review unit kindly provided by ViewSonic.