P225fb1 Sep, 2003 By: Ron LaFon Cadalyst
4.5 stars out of 5
The P225fb is a 22" CRT monitor based on an FD aperture-grille Trinitron tube with a 0.24mm dot pitch and a 20" diagonal viewing area. The housing is available in flat black and beige. It achieves screen resolutions as high as 2048×1536@79Hz in true color, with a
The P225fb from ViewSonic, a good value at $649, is easy to work with.
In testing the ViewSonic P225fb, the corner focus is slightly soft and the color purity a bit weakparticularly in the greens, which were too yellow and lacked clear separation in lighter tints. The very black screen and excellent antireflective coatings resulted in a display that was generally crisp and well defined. Extensive adjustments are available on the on-screen menu, including such settings as vertical linearity, vertical linearity symmetry, both horizontal and vertical focus, data recall, and hooking.
Not all displays are capable of smooth gradations from black to white; some banding is usually being visible. The ViewSonic P225fb produces fairly smooth gradations. Though this isnt generally one of the attributes evaluated, I do note when its of superior quality.
The ViewSonic P225fbs connectivity is excellent with D-sub, BNC (5 of them), and 3-pin IEC 320 connectors. USB connections are optional in a USB-hub compatible base. In addition to the PC, you can use the P225fb on the Power Mac G3/G4 at resolutions up to 1920×1440.
The ViewSonic P225fb is certainly a good display at a good price. It should
prove easy to live with in day-to-day use.
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