A high-quality 4K display aimed at design and video-editing professionals
£699 Manufacturer Viewsonic, viewsoniceurope.com Display 27-inch IPS panel Resolution 3840x2160, 60Hz refresh Connectivity 4x USB 3.0, 3x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x mini-DisplayPort
Viewsonic’s new VP2780-4K isn’t the cheapest 4K monitor on the market, but its high-quality IPS display makes it a good choice for professional users.
Admittedly, it’s not a very stylish display. The bulky three-legged stand and chunky plastic border that runs around the edge of the screen look rather dull. However, Viewsonic gets all the basics right, with a flexible, ergonomic design that allows you to freely tilt and swivel the screen, as well as adjusting the height, an omission that can irritate iMac owners. You can even rotate the screen through 90° and use it in the upright portrait position.
Of course, none of those features would matter if the image quality wasn’t up to scratch, but the VP27804K doesn’t disappoint here. The image is as finely detailed as you’d expect from the 3840x2160 resolution, with bright, strong colours and a matte finish that helps to reduce glare and reflection (though you might want to check Apple’s support document at https://support.apple.com/en-gb/ HT202856 to see if your Mac can support 4K output with 60Hz refresh rate on this display). And if your naked eyes don’t convince you then the spec sheet lists several features designed to satisfy demanding professional users, including 100% rendering of the sRGB colourspace, 99% EBU mode (a pro monitor standard) for video work, and a slightly vague Delta-E setting of ‘less than 2.0’. This measures accurate colour reproduction between screen and print; the closer to 1.0 the better, so less than 2.0 is pretty decent.
There are plenty of other useful features too, including three HDMI inputs, DisplayPort and miniDisplayport, along with a picture-inpicture option. The monitor doesn’t include any built-in speakers, but it does have an audio connector so that you can plug in external speakers or headphones.
If you just want a large, high-res display for editing some holiday snaps and home videos, then you can get cheaper 4K displays for around £500. However, the accurate colour reproduction here will justify the extra cost. Cliff Joseph
Its design may look rather dated, but this 4K monitor boasts up-to-date features and technology. The colour reproduction meets the needs of demanding professional users, but it’s costly.
Bright, colourful 4K display
Accurate colour reproduction
Multiple video inputs
Expensive for 4K