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ViewSonic P220f

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder 22IN/20.0V 27mm 1600x1200 97HZ P220F Perfect Flat TCO 99 (PC/Mac) (ViewSonic-P220F)

ViewSonic P220f
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

Except for being a 22-incher, the P220f is nothing fancy: It's a simple CRT monitor that comes in either a beige or a black case and sells for a low price ($550 at the time of our review). But it does a nice job with text and reproduces rich, nuanced colors in graphics. In our tests displaying digital photos, for example, it scored nearly as well as a professional-grade monitor, the Mitsubishi DiamondPro 2070SB-BK With SpectraView , which can cost more than twice as much. Using ViewSonic's signature four-button controls, we were able to easily navigate advanced menus for refining image quality. Among the controls is a zoom function: After selecting a level of image magnification, you can toggle zooming on and off by tapping a dedicated button on the bezel.

The P220f provides high-quality graphics quality at an entry-level price.

Sean Captain

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder 22IN/20.0V 27mm 1600x1200 97HZ P220F Perfect Flat TCO 99 (PC/Mac) (ViewSonic-P220F)

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