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P225fb

31 Aug, 2003 By: Ron LaFon Cadalyst

ViewSonic


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
ViewSonic P225fb
The P225fb from ViewSonic, a good value at $649, is easy to work with.
horizontal sync range of 30–127KHz and a vertical sync range of 50–180Hz. Warranty coverage is a standard three years. At an estimated street price of $649, the P225fb is a good value.

In testing the ViewSonic P225fb, the corner focus is slightly soft and the color purity a bit weak—particularly 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 isn’t generally one of the attributes evaluated, I do note when it’s of superior quality.

The ViewSonic P225fb’s 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.


About the Author: Ron LaFon


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