Before I started working at TweakTown, I worked at a retailer Down Under, selling high-performance gaming PCs and the associated technology and software to go with it. ViewSonic was never really a brand that people wanted against the likes of Samsung, LG or Dell when it came to monitors, but there were always sparkling stars in ViewSonic's lineup that sold well.
One of the monitor that I sold truckloads of was the ViewSonic VX2835vm, which was a 28-inch 1920x1200 LCD monitor with a single HDMI and VGA port included. At the time, it was priced for a little under $1000 - but this was back in 2007. Since then, we've had seven years go by, but the resolution on 28-inch monitors hasn't really changed.
We've been swaying back and forth from 1920x1080, which became the new norm of LCD resolutions, to 2560x1440. 4K, or Ultra HD, is finally penetrating the market thanks to huge drops in panel costs. We've seen the 4K monitor push begin with prices of these monitors hitting $600-$700, which opens up an entire new market of consumers - those who didn't want to spend multiple thousands of dollars on a new high-res screen can now spend under a grand, and still get a kick-ass screen.
What we have here today with the ViewSonic VX2880ml, is a cheap 4K-capable LCD with some interesting options on the back. But I don't want to go into that just yet, so let's cover the basics.
Specifications and Pricing
The ViewSonic VX2880ml is a 28-inch 4K monitor based on a 30Hz LCD panel, with a resolution of 3840x2160. We have a 5ms response time, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 backed up by a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000,000:1. We have three different inputs on the back: DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort and HDMI with the latter being a version 1.4 port. This means that all three ports are capable of driving 3840x2160, which is really quite nice to see. Normally we're locked to one or the other.
Not only do we have a DisplayPort, but we have two. Why two? Because one of them is an output, that allows for DisplayPort-capable monitors to be daisy-chained. This allows you to plug the DisplayPort cable into the VX2880ml and then your PC, with another cable going between your VX2880ml and another DP-capable screen.
There are two 2W speakers on the monitor, a 3.5mm jack for audio, and an external 90W power adapter. On the back we have a VESA mount, too. For those who want to plug in their mobile devices, ViewSonic has provided an HDMI (MHL) port.
Unfortunately, there's no height adjustment or portrait abilities, but we do have a slight pivot to play with. Enough to move the monitor on an angle if it wasn't at the right angle, which is about what I expected from a monitor at this price with 4K abilities.
In the box, we have the monitor itself, an adapter, power cable, DisplayPort cable, mini DP cable, MHL cable, USB 3.0 cable, Quick Start guide, ViewSonic Wizard CD-ROM (with the box contents being different to each market). The one that I received here in Australia didn't include the MHL cable for example.
When it comes to the dimensions and weight, we have: 659mm x 510mm x 240mm (or 25.9 x 20 x 9.44 inches). This all arrives in a package that weighs 4.6kg (or 10.1lbs).
ViewSonic has priced the VX2880ml quite competitively, with it on Amazon for $499.99, down from its original price of $831 - which I think is far, far too high. Near $500 is a perfect price for this display, so let's hope it doesn't go above that in the near future.
PRICING: You can find the ViewSonic VX2880ml 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The ViewSonic VX2880ml 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor retails for $499.99 at Amazon.
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