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ViewSonic VX3209-2K

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Bryan Chan

With 4K con­tent be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­mon, it may be a good idea to up­grade your mon­i­tor. But the fact re­mains that 4K mon­i­tors eas­ily cost up­ward of RM2,000. For the next best thing, you can opt for a QHD (2,560 x 1440) mon­i­tor like the ViewSonic VX3209-2K.

What we have with the VX3209-2K is 31.5-inches worth of dis­play area, flicker-free and blue light fil­ter­ing tech­nol­ogy, and mul­ti­ple color pro­files that are op­ti­mized for dif­fer­ent con­tent types. On pa­per, this mon­i­tor looks highly im­pres­sive, but there are some caveats to con­sider.

The first thing you ought to know about the VX3209-2K is that it has a re­fresh rate of 60Hz and a re­sponse time of 8ms. This trans­lates into pretty slow per­for­mance for those who fancy games with lots of fast ac­tion, like any first-per­son shoot­ers. With that said, if you're a casual gamer, you'd prob­a­bly be con­tent with the 60Hz re­fresh rate.

Those think­ing of pri­mar­ily get­ting this mon­i­tor to en­joy movies, you'll want to en­sure that your con­tent is in­deed 4K in res­o­lu­tion, as we de­tected some no­tice­able pix­els when view­ing Full HD videos.

Next up, we scru­ti­nize the color ac­cu­racy of the VX3209-2K, where it demon­strated de­cent per­for­mance. With a color ac­cu­racy of about 72 per­cent of NTSC, this mon­i­tor won’t likely be the top choice of graph­ics de­sign­ers or dig­i­tal con­tent creators, but for most users, this proves to be suf­fi­cient.

The mon­i­tor also has a num­ber of dif­fer­ent color pro­files, in­clud­ing 'Game', 'Movie', 'Web', 'Text', and 'Mono'. Each pro­file au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the mon­i­tor's bright­ness, white bal­ance and con­trast to give you the best view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Sadly, this brings us to one of this mon­i­tor's largest flaws – its bright­ness. Even at max­i­mum level, the over­all im­age ap­pears some­what dull, so those of you who are plan­ning to use this mon­i­tor in a bright en­vi­ron­ment, you may want to con­sider al­ter­na­tives.

Last but not least, let's talk about the de­sign of the VX3209-2K. Its bezels are 8.9mm thin, and in terms of connectivity, there are one HDMI, one VGA, and one Dis­playPort op­tion, so you're pretty much cov­ered. How­ever, the stand is not ad­justable, so taller users will likely have to tilt your head down­wards ever so slightly.

In a nut­shell, the VX3209-2K is a large IPS dis­play that of­fers re­spectable per­for­mance, and will likely meet the de­mands of most users.

Color ac­cu­racy aside, the VX3209-2K is a QHD mon­i­tor that's great for mul­ti­me­dia con­tent.

The color ac­cu­racy could be bet­ter.

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