Viewsonic VP2780-4K

A high-qual­ity 4K dis­play aimed at de­sign and video-edit­ing pro­fes­sion­als

Mac Format - - RATED -

£699 Man­u­fac­turer Viewsonic, view­son­iceu­ 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.ap­ 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

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