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ViewSonic VX2880ml 28-inch 4K 30Hz Monitor Review (Page 4)

By Anthony Garreffa from Dec 16, 2014 @ 13:08 CST
TweakTown Rating: 81%Manufacturer: ViewSonic

What's Hot

It's So Light!: This is something I truly didn't expect from the ViewSonic panel; it's just so light! Picking it up, it feels like it's broken - or something is missing, because it's just so light. Great job on the weight there, ViewSonic.

4K Resolution: 4K is great, it really is. It's not for everyone, but for people who are heavy into productivity, this could be the one for you.

Great Color Reproduction: ViewSonic has put some time into the color reproduction of the VX2880ml, something that Photoshop users will really appreciate.

What's Not

30Hz, Ugh: This is just something you can't get past, especially when you've been using 60Hz, or beyond. Coming down from the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q, with a 144Hz refresh rate, it feels like I've gone from driving in a Ferrari, to walking, no, crawling on the pavement. 30Hz is fine for a static image, but even just moving the mouse cursor around the screen shows just how bad 30Hz is. Really, this monitor should be 60Hz.

Final Thoughts

ViewSonic has a good monitor here, but it's just not great. It's priced better than it was when it launched, but the price isn't everything. 30Hz is just too low these days, especially when you're moving your mouse around the screen and you can see it.


This isn't just coming from someone like me who might game, because I don't game as much as I used to. Even in Windows, 30Hz is abysmal compared to 60Hz. With so many 60Hz-capable 4K displays coming onto the market these days, I don't know why ViewSonic decided to stick with 30Hz. Maybe it was price, maybe it was because they were later to the game on 4K? Who knows.

I would love to see a VX2890ml or similar, with the refresh rate upped to 60Hz. I think if ViewSonic were to do that, they would have a winning chance of selling more. For now, I wouldn't recommend it to most people, unless you're a ViewSonic fan, or don't mind the refresh rate being locked at 30Hz.

If you're using Photoshop or similar, the 3840x2160 resolution is going to be great for you. You'll adjust to the smaller UI, text and other parts of your toolset, but you'll get used to it and wonder how you ever lived on anything less than 4K.

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.

Canada: The ViewSonic VX2880ml 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor retails for CDN$564.99 at Amazon Canada.

Quality including Design and Build80%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging75%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating81%

The Bottom Line: 4K monitors are getting cheap, with the ViewSonic offering we have here today being a fine choice for professionals. 28-inch is a bit small for 4K, but the color reproduction and daisy-chaining DisplayPort monitor option is a great addition to the VX2880ml. 30Hz, though is a pretty big downside - gamers should avoid it.

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