Summary: I needed a larger monitor, and I didn't need a widescreen. I had ViewSonic in a CRT model and I liked the resolution and vivid colors. I received the monitor in a matter of days and setup was easy. I am not disappointed. Resolution and colors are vivid and what I have come to expect from ViewSonic. No speakers, so I added CyberAcoustics speakers and sub, and the sound is terrific. This is a great monitor for my desktop and the price was right.
Summary: I bought this to replace a inexpensive MAG LCD monitor I got locally. I have an older 15" ViewSonic that's been on for years with no issues, ever. My Mag started power cycling for no reason, and now it won't do that, and the MAG was only a couple years old. I've worked in DTP for years and most of the monitors we used were ViewSonic even back to the CRT days. Great color accuracy, gamma, etc.
Summary: I have three of these monitors. I bought one almost two years ago for my eeePC (it's now on a desktop system), and recently I bought two more to use on a dual-head Linux system. It cost less to buy two of these than one large wide-screen monitor, and I get more screen real estate with two 4:3 monitors than I would with a single 16:9 anyway. Since I do more programming / shell interaction (as a sysadmin) and I play few games, the bar in the middle is not a drawback.
Summary: Purchased to replace a failed CRT for my parents. I own and have owned several Viewsonic monitors (both CRT and flat panel) and have never had a problem with any. I highly recommend VIewSonic products.
Summary: Pros: * Not widescreen * 75 refresh * 1280x1024 native res * Easy on the eyes * Small footprint * Great for multi-monitor setup Negatives: * 17" instead of 19" but I knew I was buying 17, just wanted a 19 with similar specs, most 19s are widescreen though * Green power light (I like blue, I know, nitpicking) * Not true black exterior (dark gray, I know, nitpicking again) Get it!
Summary: This monitor looks great whenever it is showing a 1024x768x16 or better graphics display (Windows Explorer, Linux X windows), but when it is necessary to display pure text, such as the BIOS messages seen during bootup, or when in Linux terminal mode, the display dims to a very low level that is almost unacceptable. It appears to be a power saving "feature" built into the monitor which cannot be overridden by means of the monitor's OSD controls.