Summary: IPS monitors are a must for photographers. I won't go into the details (google can give you much more info). You are going to pay a bit more for an IPS monitor but if you need greater color accuracy you are going to want this. When I was looking for a monitor this 23-in looked to be the sweet spot for price and monitor size. I did have a defect on the monitor but ViewSonic replaced it without problems.
Summary: I wanted a good quality monitor for photography and design work, that would "hold" a calibration and "play nice" in a color-managed workflow. I had been looking at this monitor for quite some time, and finally pulled the trigger because it had been replaced by a newer model. The newer model is LED backlit, but at the time I could not find any good reviews by photographers, so I didn't want to risk it.
Summary: This is a wonderful monitor. I use it mostly to view pictures since I am a free lance photographer and the colors are true to the Photoshop® RGB color scheme.I would recommend this monitor, especially for photographic work.
Summary: This is my first IPS monitor. I bought two because I was upgrading my laptop and wanted a dual monitor system with good identical HD monitors. I did a good amount of research and realized that IPS was the way to go if I could afford it. Then I find three definite options for monitors below $300 each and decided to go with this model. They are set up and work wonderful and look great.
Summary: My primary goal was to identify the unit that eases eyestrain and physical tireness when looking at a computer screen 8 hours a day. My son always comments about my blood shot eyes. I remember Viewsonic monitors as making decent CRT monitors in its day. After trying a couple of different LEDs, the Viewsonic came out on top. I tried a couple of 22" and 24" Samsung monitors from Costco that seem to stress bright and washout colors over clarity and color richness.
Summary: I bought a 28" monitor for work, but I wish I'd spent my money on this 23" gem instead. This 23" monitor I use at home is way better. It's easier to look at for long periods of time. It is plenty big enough to multi-task with multiple windows "snapped" to the edges. It rotates easily to portrait view, and occasionally I've viewed .pdf pages or x-rays that way. It runs way cooler than the the 28" monitor at work.