Product Reviews (1)
VX2025VM - just awesome
Strengths: widescreen, internal power supply.
Weakness: cross-shaped backlight bleeding on a black screen, built-in speakers reverb with the volume turned up. Speakers turn off when the monitor goes to sleep mode.
Awesome quality for a laughable price - the monitor was on sale at BestBuy + they had a $30 rebate for orders placed on-line - 330 CDN was all I paid (before the infernal taxes, but that's another topic).
It may be that I'm noticing the performance jump because there really is a big one - my previous monitor was a 17" LCD from Dell and I had it for 4 years - but the increased viewing angles were very noticeable.
Pleasant surprise: No dead pixels on this one, though I was fully prepared to find one and have to fight the store to exchange it.
The built-in speakers are good enough as far as speakers go. They are perfectly fine for movie watching.
I usually listen to my music through headphones and having a headphone jack on the front panel would have been nice, but no biggie.
I did notice quite a bit of reverb when I started a game up on MAX loudness, which was not noticeable on my headphones. (The sound level was just as painful, but the sound itself was clearer.)
The picture clarity and brightness are very nice and the real estate available with widescreen is really usefull. I'm used to having two 17" monitors at work and the wide-screen is just as good for using two applications side by side; on top of that you can always maximize the screen of one application to use the whole screen width.
I see many reviewers making a point about the stand's height not being adjustable. I really do not see a fault with the height as it is, but my desk already has a built-in monitor stand. What would be nice is having the ability to rotate the monitor around to be able to watch movies from either side of the desk. The fact that all the wires can be hidden inside the stand is useful though.
So, I have, just barely, been able to come up with some things I'd have liked to be better, but they are minor. Again, awesome monitor for a laughable price. I highly recommend it.
As I use this more, I've come to become annoyed with the way the built-in speakers turn off the moment the monitor goes to sleep mode. I do not know if this is a problem for all monitors with built-in speakers, but as it is I have missed messages dropping in to my mailbox. Listening to music while away from the computer is harder too. I must rely on a screensaver, but it does not save electricity and monitor life quite as well.
By eh436 - Sep 15, 2006