ViewSonic VP 2365-LED Computer Monitor Review
A basic display panel atop a lithe and flexible stand.
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The VP 2365-LED is a 23-inch, mid-range computer monitor from ViewSonic. It's a very simple product, though is more complex in its flexibility options than less expensive monitors. For an MSRP of $349, you're getting a general use monitor that straddles the line between being a cheap budget buy and being a thousand-dollar niche model for professionals. We think it sits nicely in the middle of that spectrum.
We think the VP 2365 is a fairly attractive product, though it's not nearly as eye-popping as some of Apple's recent releases.
Like most general use monitors, this ViewSonic features a limited selection of ports, tucked away behind it on the lower portion of the casing. It's got a very flexible stand, and can tilt and rotate to portrait. We think it mimics the flexibility of high-end monitors, but is still lightweight and easy to carry.
The ViewSonic VP 2365-LED's stand is a highly flexible addition to the panel, allowing for height adjustment, tilting (up by 20° and down by 5°), and rotation to portrait (pictured below). The stand is a handsome round pedestal that gives the panel a versatility that is utterly absent from low-end monitors.
The VP 2365's on-set controls are located in a 5 button line, front and center along the monitor's bezel.
In the Box
In the box, you'll find the stand and panel, instruction manual, warranty card, power cable, a DVI cable, and a VGA cable.
As you can see from the chart, the ViewSonic VP 2365-LED tested with one of the highest contrast ratios out of the similarly priced monitors we pulled for comparison. Within the world of monitors, no one really makes a big fuss about contrast ratio. However, for general use, you want a monitor that's bright enough to compete with the lighting in an office or living room, and the ViewSonic's 265 cd/m2 is plenty of light. This is an excellent contrast ratio result, and is more than the average consumer requires. More on how we test contrast.
We test a monitor's uniformity subjectively, observing the result of a full black and full white screen. If there are issues with uniformity, it's almost always (immediately) apparent. Fortunately, the VP 2365 showed us smooth, level screenfulls of white and black, with just a hint of bezel-related shadows near its corners during the white screen. More on how we test uniformity.
Color temperature refers to the "temperature" of light within a display's greyscale spectrum. We test color temperature to determine major deviations from a display's set temperature. As you can see from the chart, the ViewSonic VP 2365-LED tested with excellent color temperature consistency. There are mild variations along the input signal, but nothing even approaching human visibility. More on how we test color temperature.
These curves are excellent, right up to their peaks, though they have some quirks. The black side of the light input spectrum revealed that the greyscale, red, green, and blue curves started off a little too bright for their own good. They ramped up together correctly, but peak too early. These color curves aren't terrible, but users might notice mild problems during very dark or very bright signals. More on how we test color curves.
The VP 2365-LED tested with an acceptable color gamut. We test a monitor's color gamut against the rec. 709 standard for high-definition displays. The black triangle below represents the ideal gamut, and the white triangle represents the gamut we measured from the ViewSonic. The red and blue points were oversaturated--filled with too much of their respective colors--and the green point was a bit undersaturated. The ViewSonic's D65 (white point) was a little on the cool side, rendering it mildly blue. Overall, this is a solid result, as gamut perfection is quite hard to achieve. More on how we test color gamut.
Viewing angle refers to how far off center you can view a monitor's panel without a noticeable loss in contrast performance. At a 45° angle, the ViewSonic still showcased an impressive contrast ratio of 321:1, which is higher than some low-end monitors while looking head-on. While a 23-inch monitor is hardly a suitable product for group watching, you can at least take advantage of the 2365-LED's stand flexibility without worrying how contrast will be affected.
The ViewSonic VP 2365-LED offers a decent selection of ports, sporting a USB hub and a Type A USB to Type B USB adapter input--the cable is also included. On top of these, the VP 2365 offers standard DVI and VGA inputs, though it does not have any HDMI inputs.
While DVI and VGA inputs are standard even to very cheap computer monitors, the VP 2365's USB hub is a welcome addition, and a sign of its cost.
Controls & Menus
The ViewSonic VP 2365-LED's controls are allocated to five buttons along the center of the display, below the screen. The middle button is the power button, and turns the display on or off. The two buttons to the right of that are used to navigate the monitor's menu.
If you want to bring up the menu, you have to use the button labeled 1 (or function 1) on the far left. After you're in the menu, button 1 will progress forward and select headers from it. Button 2 (next to it) will back you out of menus. When the menu isn't up, button 2 cycles through available inputs.
The controls and menus are very easy to use, but in our opinion they're pretty ugly. The orange text and lime-green stripe are about as bad in person as they are in the picture below, but hopefully, you won't be spending enough time in the menu to notice.
For an MSRP just a dollar shy of $350, you're securing a mid-range, mid-size monitor from ViewSonic. This product straddles the line between budget buy and long-term investment in expert fashion. Its contrast ratio is superb, much higher than is needed for general use, and its color accuracy--while imperfect--is acceptable. The best part of this monitor, though, is its highly flexible stand. The lightweight pedestal allows you to raise and lower the display, tilt it up or down, rotate it to portrait orientation, and even has a "Lazy Susan" style base that allows easy swivel on most surfaces.
We feel, for the price, the ViewSonic VP 2365-LED is a solid purchase. Our only concern is its middling nature. Monitor purchases tend to range along the price-feature spectrum, and the VP 2365-LED falls right in the middle.