Summary: If you're looking for a basic monitor, this is a good choice. The picture is sharp and operation is color free. It's relatively inexpensive. But, you can likely find a more up-to-date option at the same or nearly the same price. The VA1903wb is not a good choice if you're looking for a second monitor or for an external monitor for a laptop. It lacks a DVI input port, a feature standard on current lcd displays, which may limit your ability to hook it up.
Summary: I purchased this monitor just over a year ago. It worked great for about 8 months but one day it just died. No power what so ever. Even the tiny 'standby' power LED was dark. Dead as a doornail. I called Viewsonic for warranty and was instructed to ship the unit to one of their authorized service centers and was told to expect a 2-3 week turnaround time. I waited 3-4-5-6 weeks and not a peep from Viewsonic or their service rep.