ViewSonic N2060W Class Widescreen LCD Monitor Review

ViewSonic N2060W  Class Widescreen LCD Monitor
To find out, I’ve been using the 20-inch widescreen N2060W NextVision 20-inch monitor from ViewSonic, for a number of months. ViewSonic took a widescreen LCD monitor with built-in stereo speakers and added a cable, S-video and component video inputs and an NTSC TV tuner to enable it to function as a television. While it performs both tasks reasonably well, it doesn’t seem to mix the two tasks very well: the PC causes interference on the screen and the speakers if it’s running while the monitor is in television mode.

ViewSonic N2060W Class Widescreen LCD Monitor Specification :

  • Type of monitor: 20.1" color TFT active matrix, wide LCD (liquid-crystal display)
  • Display Area: 17.5" horizontal x 9.8" vertical; 20.1" diagonal
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Optimum Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Contrast Ratio: 700:1 (typ)
  • Viewing Angles: 160° horizontal, 140° vertical
  • Response Time: 8ms gray-to-gray (avg)
  • Light Source: long-life, 50,000 hours (typ)
  • Brightness: 450 cd/m2 (typ)
  • Glass Surface: anti-reflective coating
  • Dimensions (WxDxH) / Weight : 60.8 cm x 21.5 cm x 44.3 cm / 9 kg
  • Warranty : 1 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Price: $ 419-425 street

Setup

Installing and setting up the NextVision widescreen monitor is partly easy, and partly frustrating.

Getting the TV part of it to work was the easy part. ViewSonic has equipped the unit with standard coaxial cable connector and an integrated NTSC TV tuner. It also has stereo speakers and 3.5 mm mini stereo audio input/output and RCA audio jacks. Sound from the TV is good, and the image is sharp.

Connecting the unit to a Macintosh computer, however, was not so easy. Macs don’t use the standard DVI connectors for video, which ViewSonic could not provide. They’re not expensive—about $35 CDN—but you have to go out of your way. I had to get the right DVI to VGA connector from my favourite local Macintosh store.

The next challenge was resetting the display preferences. My iMac was set to a resolution of 1440 x 900; when I plugged in the NextVision as a second monitor, it initially showed an “Input out of range” message on a blank blue screen. Luckily, the Mac’s operating system eventually loads up the ViewSonic drivers and preferences screen automatically. Using the original monitor, I had to reset for a “refresh rate” of 60 Hz from 75—even though LCD screens don’t refresh like CRTs do. That brought life to the ViewSonic monitor, and I was able to set the resolution to the maximum of 1360 x 768.

Finally, I tried to connect the sound using a standard RCA jack to the Audio input jacks, but was unable to get any sound out of the built-in speakers. Yes, the speakers work in TV mode, but not in monitor mode, whether the monitor was connected to a Macintosh or an IBM Thinkpad. I contacted ViewSonic’s online support chat, who were very helpful, but ultimately unable to get any sound.

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