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After my computer unexpectedly stopped working, I wanted to spend as little money as possible on a replacement, focussing only on buying the tower. As much as I wanted a LCD monitor to replace my hideous aging CRT, it just didn't make any sense to spend any more money on something I didn't really need, after all I'd lasted so long without needing one! When I got the computer home, plugged it in and turned on the old CRT monitor, it became obvious - even with a brand new computer the output on the screen still makes it look old, dim and compressed. Although it "worked", it would take a decent widescreen LCD monitor to make the difference.
I took the receipt for the computer back to Staples and managed (with some persuasion) to take advantage of their current offer - a half price Viewsonic monitor with any new computer.
I bought the 22", which was the largest they had to make up for the 10 years of using old-fashioned monitors. I was a bit dubious of the badge as I had never heard of Viewsonic before but it did come with a 3 year guarantee which was fine by me, if it stopped working after 3 years for the small price I had paid I simply wouldn't care!
Setup and installation was really easy and I didn't need to use the disk which came with it, it worked straight away and the picture clarity is amazing - so much brighter and clearer than the old fashioned CRT monitor and so much less space taken up. Everything on screen is clear and easy to read and video playback is very detailed.
The monitor can be wall-mounted or rested on a desk with the stand included - which is also very easy to fit. The monitor is very good looking with a stylish black finish and silver buttons. There is a blue LED light on when the screen is in use, which turns amber when it's in standby.
This is probably one of the best value monitors around and people should definitely consider it when looking for a new monitor - don't let the badge put you off because it does come with a good 3 year manufactures warranty which is what you'll get elsewhere.