What is the difference between Viewsonic VA versus VX? Or the VG vs. VP? Trying to decide which Viewsonic computer display / monitor is the best for you? Touch Display? Curved Monitor?
We are frequently asked this question in many forums and here is the explanation on each of these model types, along with our recommendations for each category of monitor. Here is your complete guide to understanding and selecting a Viewsonic computer monitor for school, home, office or business.
For a given budget, it’s best to start with looking at a category, a screen size and a resolution. After that you can dive deeper into what type / how many connections are supported, how fast the screen response time is and other features.
You may see that for very similar monitors, the price differs by $100 to $200. This is usually due to a difference in the performance for refresh rate and response time. For example on a 24″ monitor, changing from “144Hz, 1ms” to “75Hz, 5ms” can save about $100 (about a 50% savings).
The quick explanation is that Viewsonic breaks out their monitor categories as:
TD – Touch Display
VA – Home / Office – “Value” emphasis
VG – Business – “erGonomics” and “Graphics” emphasis
VP – Professional – “Photography” and “Graphic Design” emphasis
VX – Entertainment
XG – Gaming
CD – Commercial Display
VSD – Stand Alone
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio
Like most computer monitor (and TVs), the numbers following the product type typically indicate the screen size (usually the viewable, diagonal dimension). Some companies also refer to the screen dimension as the “class” category. For example a “23 inch class” may have a viewable screen from 23.1 inches up to 24 inches.
You’ll find a few choices at the small end (19-inches) and the largest screens (38-inches). The most available monitors, and for best prices, are in the 22-inch to 27-inch ranges. You’ll also find these have the most confusing set of options to make sens of since there are so many possibilities to choose from!
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a concise break-out list of about 200 of the best Viewsonic monitors in all categories, sizes and prices.
Most monitors have a 16:9 aspect ratio (“widescreen”), and some are 4:3 (“standard”), but there are also a few with a 5:4 aspect ratio. The former are what most consumers use, while the latter are designed for legacy and customized applications.
In addition to the physical screen size, you’ll also want to know what resolutions are supported. Basically, this describes the number of lines, both vertically and horizontally, that are on the screen. For most applications, a higher number is better although you don’t want to pay more for something you’ll never expect to use.
It’s not recommended to get anything less than a 1080 / Full-HD monitor, and for gaming / videos a 4K is often preferred. You can still find 720 / HD-Ready monitors, but these typcially are not worth the minor price savings you might get.
- 1920 x 1080 = “1080” or “Full-HD” (High Definition)
- 2560 x 1440 = “2K”, “1440” or “WQHD” (Wide Quad High Definition)
- 3840 x 1600 = “4K”, “WQHD+” (Wide Quad HD+), “UW-QHD+” (Ultra-wide Quad HD+) or “UW4K” (Ultra-wide 4K)
- 3840 x 2160 = “WQUXGA” (Wide Quad Ultra Extended Graphics Array)
Viewsonic, like other display manufacturers, have three basic types of technology:
- LED (Light Emitting Diode)
- IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a screen technology for liquid-crystal displays (LCDs)
- OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode)
Each of these has specific benefits and drawbacks, and each technology has an advantage depending on the application (e.g., gaming vs. photography vs. text editing). We’ll go into this topic more in a separate article, for readers that are interested. For now, Viewsonic has an excellent summary you can read here.
You’ll also find that some larger Viewsonic monitors, particularly in the VP series, are offered with curved screens. Curved screens help provided a more “real-world” viewing perspective, compensating for the normal distortion you would see when using a large display.
Connections / Interface
Each Viewsonic monitor will support one or more standard connections so that you can hook up your computer, smartphone, tablet or other devices. This allows you to use a standard cable, and have “plug-and-display” capability.
Some of the newer, smart monitors may also allow for wireless “casting” to mirror your smart device on the large display.
Here are the common interface connections you can expect:
- Mini DisplayPort
- USB Type-C
Most everyone is familiar with USB and HDMI, and you’ll find these on nearly every newer monitor. VGA connections for older systems are also still available.
The newest connections are the “USB Type-C”, which is smaller that USB (which is “Type-A”), and MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link). MHL allows your smartphone or tablet to mirror HD content to the Viewsonic monitor.
Similarly, you’ll find the Type-C connectors on smartphones, tablets and some newer laptops.
In the US, electricity is delivered at “60 Hz” (60 Hertz or Cycles-Per-Second). This is the base rate. You’ll find monitors with a screen refresh rates, like: 75 Hz, 144 Hz or 240 Hz. The higher the refresh rate, the less flicker, blur or other artifacts you’ll encounter. This also makes it easier on your eyes for prolonged viewing.
Faster is better, but can also be more expensive. Response time is particularly important for game play since you want your display to be as close to “real-time” as possible. For emails, web-surfing, video streaming and most common tasks the response time won’t be a big factor in the decision process.
Monitors have a number of ways to provide this information, sometimes as an absolute maximum time or more commonly as a range, always expressed in milli-seconds (ms):
- 1ms – 3 ms
- 3ms – 4.9ms
- 5ms – 9.9ms
- > 10ms
Viewsonic monitors offer a number of other features and benefits to consider in the selection. These will depend on how you want to use your display, and the type of work you are doing. Graphic artists and designers may be interested in true/correct color resolutions and adjustments that won’t matter for programmers. Alternatively, a touch screen may be essential for your work flow or a never used option.
Many monitors have one, two or more speakers. These are generally 2W to 10W, and not meant to replace your surround-sound system. They are typically good for making calls, listening to music and for the audio with streaming video / games.
Many have screens with “Blue Light Filter” adjustments, which lets you reduce blue light by up to 87%. Blue light is a natural color of light that is found in sunlight, but prolonged blue light exposure may be harmful to the eyes. It can also make it more difficult to get to sleep after using monitors with significant blue light output.
If you would like to mount your monitor on a wall, rather than use a desk stand, be sure to look for a “VESA” mount which ensures you have a standardized array of screw holes to use with a mounting bracket. This way everything matches up, making it simple to hang the monitor.
Here are features you can look for, with many monitors having many if not all of this list:
- 2 or 10 points touch
- VESA mount
- Hardware Calibration
- Auto aspect ratio adjustment
- ≥99% sRGB
- 99% Adobe RGB
- Daisy Chain
- Eco-Mode / Power-Saving Mode
- Kensington lock slots
It’s important that you can adjust the monitor so that the center of the screen is basically at your eye-level, to reduce neck and back strain. Nearly all monitors will have a Tilt adjustment, and many stands also allow for a Height Adjustment.
You can also find stands which let you Swivel and/or Pivot the screen.
In 1990 ViewSonic launched their line of color computer monitors, which quickly became a hit. (fun fact – the ViewSonic logo features Gouldian finches, colorful birds native to Australia. )
The default bezel color is black for nearly all monitors, but some are offered in white (look for additional suffix “-W” in the part number).
Lists Of Monitors
The list below is current as of this publication, but as a consumer electronics product, you can expect that newer models will come to market relatively fast. The prices are also subject to fluctuation, especially around Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas Holidays.
Also, there are specialty offerings which will only be available at specific retailers (e.g., CostCo, BestBuy, WalMart, etc.). We’ve kept this list as broad as possible by looking at what is available for purchased through Amazon, since the majority of people will shop / compare / purchase through Amazon.
TD: Touch Displays
Touch displays range from single point, to dual point to 10-point, with screen sizes from 22-inch to 27-inch. Viewsonic are generally well responsive, without alot of false caputures / movements.
TD2210 (about $300) – 22″, 1080p, Single Point Resistive Touch Screen Monitor, USB, DVI, VGA
TD2220 (about $250) – 22″, 1080p, Dual-Point Optical Touch Screen Monitor, USB, DVI, VGA
TD2230 (about $285) – 22″, 1080p, 10-Point Multi Touch Screen IPS Monitor, 75Hz, 7ms, USB, HDMI, DisplayPort
TD2430 (about $330) – 24″, 1080p, 10-Point Multi Touch Screen Monitor, 60Hz, 25ms, USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, integrated dual 2W speakers
TD2421 (about $265) – 24″, 1080p, Dual-Point Optical Touch Screen Monitor, 60Hz, 5ms, USB, HDMI, DVI
TD2740 (about $550) – 27″, 1080p, 10-Point Multi Touch Screen Monitor, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort, USB 2.0, VGA, integrated dual 2W speakers, HD webcam, microphone
The “Value” line of monitors are ideal for the home, office, or classroom. Viewsonic includes the features that appeal to the broadest user base, with best pricing.
VA2055-SA (about $80) – 20″, 1080p, LED Monitor, 75Hz, 25ms, VGA
VA2055-SM (about $85) – 20″, 1080p, LED Monitor, VGA, DVI, Integrated Dual Speakers
VA2246-MH (about $100) – 22″, 1080p, LED Monitor, HDMI, VGA
VA2256-MHD (about $130) – 22″, 1080p, IPS Monitor, HDMI, DisplayPort
VA2259-SMH (about $110) – 22″, 1080p, IPS Monitor, 75Hz, 5ms, Frameless, HDMI, VGA
VA2232-WM (about $165) – 22″, 1080p, IPS Monitor, VGA, DVI
VA2265-SMH (abut $183) – 22″, 1080p, LED Monitor, HDMI, VGA
VA2359-SMH (about $125) – 23″, 1080p, IPS Monitor, 75Hz, 5ms, Frameless, HDMI,
VA2446MH-LED (about $120) – 24″, 1080p, LED Monitor, 75Hz, 5ms, HDMI, VGA
VA2452-SM (about $140) – 24″, 1080p, LED Monitor, DisplayPort, DVI, VGA
VA2419-SMH (about $120) – 24″, 1080p, IPS Monitor, HDMI, VGA
VA2456-MHD (about $140) – 24″, 1080p, IPS Monitor, 60Hz, 7ms, Frameless, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA
VA2719-SMH (about $170) – 27″, 1080p, IPS Monitor, 240Hz, 5ms, Frameless, HDMI, VGA
VA2759-SMH (about $180) – 27″, 1080p, IPS Monitor, 60Hz, 5ms, Frameless, HDMI, VGA
VA2746M-LED (about $160) – 27″, 1080p, LED Monitor, 75Hz, 3.4ms, DVI, VGA
VA2855-SMH (about $180) – 28″, 1080p, LED Monitor, HDMI, VGA, Integrated Dual Speakers (2-Watt)
VG: “erGonomics”, Graphics
The Height, Tilt, and Swivel adjustments allow for optimized comfort settings and maximum productivity all users.
VG939-SM (about $160) – 19″ IPS 1024p, Ergonomic Monitor DVI, VGA, 5:4 aspect ratio, Integrated USB hub, Integrated Dual Speakers (2-Watt)
VG2239-SMH (about $140) – 22″ 1080p, Ergonomic Monitor, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA
VG2239M-LED (about $143) – 22″ 1080p, Ergonomic Monitor, DisplayPort, DVI, VGA, Integrated Dual Speakers (2-Watt)
VG2228-WM-LED (about $165) – 22″ 1080p Ergonomic Monitor DVI, VGA, Integrated Dual Speakers (2-Watt)
VG2453 (about $190) – 24″ IPS 1080p Ergonomic Frameless Monitor HDMI, DisplayPort
VG2739 (about $250) – 27″, 1080p, Ergonomic Monitor, USB, HDMI, 60Hz, 5ms, DisplayPort, VGA
VG2753 (about $250) – 27″, 1080p, IPS Ergonomic Monitor, Frameless, USB, HDMI, DisplayPort
VG2765 (about $365) – 27″, 1440p WQHD, IPS Ergonomic Monitor, 60Hz, 5ms, USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort
VP: Professional (“PRO”)
This series is best suited for Photography & Graphic Design tasks. To ensure precise, uniform color, each of the VP monitors is factory calibrated to deliver an amazing Delta E<2 value for superior color accuracy.
There is an integrated color uniformity function to ensure consistent chromaticity across the screen, while a 14-bit 3D look-up table generates a stunningly smooth palette of 4.39 trillion colors.
Additionally, built-in is a 6-axis color (red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta) adjustment functionality, which provides the ultimate color processing capability for professional applications.
Hardware calibration is available with the optional ViewSonic Color Calibration Kit (about $250), which allows you to quickly and easily calibrate the monitor for photography, graphic design, content creation, and other color-critical applications.
These will have the most included options for display viewing adjustments: advanced ergonomic tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjust features.
VP2468 (about $240) – 24″, 1080p Monitor, 60Hz, 5ms, 100% sRGB Rec 709, 14-bit 3D LUT Color Calibration
VP2768-PRO (about $400) – 27″, 1440p Monitor, 60Hz, 5ms, 100% sRGB Rec 709, 14-bit 3D LUT and Color Calibration, HDMI 1.4, USB, DisplayPort (Daisy Chain enabled), Mini DisplayPort
VP2771 (about $450) – 27″, 1440p Monitor, 60Hz, 5ms, 100% sRGB Rec709, 14-bit 3D LUT Color Calibration, USB Type C, HDMI, USB, DisplayPort
VP2780-4K (about $530) – 27″, 4K Monitor, 60Hz, 5ms, 10-bit Color Processing, Preset EBU Gamma Corrections, HDMI, USB, DisplayPort
VP2785-4K (about $820) – 27″, 4K Monitor, 100% AdobeRGB, DCI-P3, HDR10, 14-bit 3D LUT Color Calibration, USB Type C, HDMI 2.0 w/HDCP 2.2, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort
VP3268-4K-PRO (about $795) – 32″, 4K Monitor, 60Hz, 5ms, 100% sRGB Rec 709, HDR10 14-bit 3D LUT Color Calibration, HDMI 2.0, USB, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort
VP3881-PRO (about $1,120) – 38″, UltraWide WQHD+, Curved Monitor, 60Hz, 7ms, 100% sRGB Rec709, HDR10, 14-bit 3D LUT Color Calibration, Video and Graphics, USB Type C, HDMI 2.0 w/ HDCP 2.2, DisplayPort
Developed for entertainment like video streaming and non-professional gaming, the VX-Series has high resolution (up to 4K), with fast response times. You’ll find one of the largest displays (43-inches, 4K) available for consumers and a great alternative to an HDTV when paired with a good computer.
VX2252-MH (about $110) – 22″, 1080p, Gaming Monitor, 75Hz, 2ms, HDMI, DVI, VGA
VX2257-MHD (about $120) – 22″, 1080p, Gaming Monitor, 75Hz, 2ms, FreeSync, HDMI, DisplayPort
VX2276-SMHD (about $130) – 22″, 1080p, IPS Monitor, Frameless, 75Hz, 2ms, HDMI, DisplayPort
VX2263-SMHL-W (about $162) – 22″, 1080p, SuperClear IPS Monitor, Frameless, 75Hz, 2ms, 50M:1 DCR, 2x HDMI, VGA, White, Dual integrated stereo speakers
VX2452-MH (about $130) – 24″ 1080p, Gaming Monitor, 75Hz, 2ms, HDMI, DVI, VGA
VX2457-MHD (about $140) – 24″ 1080p, Gaming Monitor, 75Hz, 2ms, FreeSync, HDMI, DisplayPort
VX2476-SMHD (about $150) – 24″, 1080p, Widescreen IPS Monitor, 75Hz, 4ms, Frameless, HDMI DisplayPort
VX2758-C-MH (about $260) – 27″, 1080p, Curved UltraWide, Gaming Monitor, 144Hz, 5ms, FreeSync, HDMI, VGA
VX2776-SMHD (about $190) – 27″, 1080p, Widescreen IPS Monitor, 60Hz, 4ms, Frameless, HDMI, DisplayPort
VX3211-2K-MHD (about $260) – 32″, 1440p, IPS Monitor, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, Dual Integrated Speakers
VX3258-2KC-MHD (about $360) – 32″, 1440p, Curved Ultrawide, Gaming Monitor, 144Hz, 5ms, FreeSync, HDMI, DisplayPort
VX3276-MHD (about $200) – 32″, 1080p, Widescreen IPS Monitor, Frameless, , VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort
VX4380-4K (about $740) – 43″, 4K, Widescreen IPS Monitor, Frameless, , HDMI, USB, DisplayPort
XG: PC / Console Gaming, eSport
In this series, speed is the priority and the XG displays with the hardware inclusion of Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive refresh rate technology are rated at 1ms.
All XG-series gaming monitors have DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 inputs, so gamers should be able to switch easily between a high-powered gaming PC and their game console of choice.
The displays also have built-in USB hubs and audio input and output jacks.
XG2401 (about $200) – 24″, 1080p, Gaming Monitor, 144Hz, 1ms, FreeSync, Advanced Ergonomics, ColorX Mode, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB
XG2402 (about $220) – 24″, 1080p, Gaming Monitor, 144Hz, 1ms, FreeSync, Advanced Ergonomics, ColorX Mode, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB
XG2530 (about $350) – 25″, 1080p, Gaming Monitor, 240Hz, 1ms, FreeSync, Advanced Ergonomics, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB
XG2560 (about $455) – 25″, 1080p, Gsync Gaming Monitor, 240Hz, 1ms, FreeSync, Advanced Ergonomics, HDMI, USB, Display Port, Included Dual 3W speakers
XG2700-4K (about $530) – 27″, 4K, Gaming Monitor, 60Hz, 5ms, FreeSync, Advanced Ergonomics, USB, HDMI, DisplayPort
XG2702 (about $290) – 27″, 1080p, Gaming Monitor, 144 Hz, 1ms, FreeSync , Advanced Ergonomics, ColorX Mode, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB
XG3220 (about $600) – 32″, 4K, Gaming Monitor, 60Hz, HDR10, FreeSync, Advanced Ergonomics, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB
CD: Commercial Display
These are intended for hotel, restaurant and hospitality environments. They generally have higher brightness settings (e.g, 350-nit) and wide viewing angles. Flicker-Free and Blue Light Filter technologies are included for better viewing in these settings.
These are equipped with USB multimedia playback functionality.
The HDMI CEC pass-through support provides one-touch-play, with additional features for multiple connected devices such as HD set-top-boxes, media players, and Blu-ray players.
An RS232 port with IR pass-through provides automated control for hospitality installation.
Wireless connectivity / streaming is available through the embedded Android SOC, which allows owners to install Android apps for rich content broadcasting.
And, the bundled vController software offers easy maintenance and intuitive interfaces for remote management via a PC server or laptop.
CDE3204 (about $390) – 32” 1080p 16/7 Operation Commercial Display, USB Multimedia Player, HDMI, DVI, VGA, dual 10W speakers
CDE4302 (about $475) – 43″, 1080p, Commercial LED Display, 60Hz, 5ms, USB Multimedia Player, RS232 IR pass-through, HDMI, VGA, RS232
CDE5510 (about $1,150) – 55″ 4K Commercial Display, Quad-Core CPU, Android SoC, HDMI, DVI, VGA, Built-in Multi-Core Media Player with 8GB Storage, Embedded LAN, Wi-Fi, and Internet Browser, Integrated USB Multimedia Player
VSD: Stand Alone
While Viewsonic is primarily a display maker, they also offer all-in-one type units based around their screen technology.
Viewsonic Stand-Alone series is a flexible solution for information kiosks, public displays, or POS stations in business centers, restaurants, libraries, or retail environments.
These can also be operated as a stand-alone PC Replacement, or as a traditional full HD touch monitor via HDMI to your PC/laptop.
You can also wall-mount with standard VESA mounting capabilities,
VSD242-BKA-US0 (about $470) – 24″, 10-Point Capacitive Touch Smart Display
- All-in-one smart Display features Quad-Core A17 1.8 GHz
- Android lollipop 5.1 OS with Google gms certification
- Includes both RJ45 Ethernet (Gigabit) and 802.11 b/G/n Wi-Fi
- Connectivity options include HDMI (in/out), multiple USB ports, SD card reader
- 5M Pixel Webcam with integrated Microphone
- Integrated Dual 2.5W speakers
Now that you’ve seen the list of what Viewsonic has to offer, hopefully you can narrow down your selection. There are many options to consider including the new curve screens on the larger displays, whether you’ll need the 1ms response rate of the gaming displays or if you are looking at the all-around-value monitor.
We’ll continue to update this list as new models come out, so keep checking back until you are ready to make a buy.