Viewsonic P810 21" Monitor - Part 2

Picture Quality
Picture quality is very important in a monitor because you'll be staring at the screen for long periods and nothing can ruin your day more than a lousy picture. Even though specs are not really important in how to determine a good monitor, here they are:

Now, for what the specs don't tell you. The screen is kinda curved though not as bad as 21" TVs or some other monitors. *cough* Philips *cough* Luckily, a bit of tweaking and you can't really tell. Colour reproduction is fantastic with bright, lively colours that bring your apps to life (yah! As if Word could actually look *nice*). Digital pictures look fantastic with realistic colours and proper contrast. Text is amazingly sharp at 1280x1024 (large fonts) even though I'm using a pass-through cable from my Voodoo2s. What I recommend is 1280x1024 (large fonts) and not 1600x1280.

Why you may ask? Well, at 1600x1280, you have to pump up the fonts size to 150% (large fonts is only 125%) which makes things look weird. And also, surfing is a pain as pre-rendered graphics (with text) look extremely tiny and hard to read. Also, if you're using a pass-through cable or a TNT (known to be terrible at 1600x1280), the text at 1600x1280 will be fuzzy. 1280x1024 on the other hand is VERY confortable with a flicker-free 85hz refresh and very easily readable (and clear) text even with pre-rendered web page text. A way to avoid fuzziness when using a pass-through able is to use the BNC+D-sub method. That is, you use a D-sub to BNC cable to connect your 2D card to the P810's BNC connectors and then use a D-sub cable to connect your Voodoo card to the P810's D-sub connector. One major drawback to this method is that you will have to manually bring up the the viewsonic menu to switch between the BNC and D-sub sources everytime you want to play a 3D game using your Voodoo card.

"Colour reproduction is fantastic with bright, lively colours that bring your apps to life. Digital pictures look fantastic with realistic colours and proper contrast. Text is amazingly sharp at 1280x1024 (large fonts) even though I'm using a pass-through cable from my Voodoo2s."

Normally when you switch on your monitor, it needs quite a while to "warm up" and get bright right? You're probably thinking, "Man... A 21" monitor will take ages to warm up!". However, the P810 doesn't "warm up" when you switch it on. It "cools down". Surprised? When you switch on the monitor (even a day after you lasted switched it on), it starts out bright (brighter than your normal picture) and it will slowly go back to your normal brightness in a matter of a few minutes. This brings me to another thing...

This monitor is EXTREMELY bright. Even though my monitor brightness is set to 60/100, it's a lot brighter than my 87TXM set to full brightness.

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