ViewSonic VP2785-2K review: A steal for print and video

It has its niggles, but this is a superb choice for creative pros on a tight budget

IT Pro Recommended
VP2785-2K
Price
£493 exc VAT
  • Fantastic Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 colour accuracy
  • Reasonable value
  • Hardware calibration support
  • Drab design
  • Inconvenient ports

At first sight, this 1440p 27in monitor appears to be overpriced: after all, you can buy the 4K Dell UltraSharp U2720Q for almost £60 less. However, unlike the Dell, this ViewSonic isn’t designed for life in any old office. Instead, it’s aimed at creative professionals who will be jumping from video to print, and with the knowledge that they can trust the colours this panel shows. Naturally, it supports hardware calibration, and you can set a regular reminder in the OSD that it’s time for recalibration.

What’s most impressive for a monitor this affordable is that it comes with the promise of 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut and 96% of DCI-P3. Switching between these presets is easy through the OSD and you can even use the dual colour engine to have two computers’ inputs side by side.

While our testing didn’t match ViewSonic’s figures, we aren’t going to argue with 97% coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut, nor 91% of DCI-P3; factor in average Delta E figures of 0.53 and 0.4 respectively and you can be confident of colour accuracy too. We suggest you steer clear of its sRGB mode, however. Here, its measured contrast ratio dropped to 418:1 – everything looks drab as a result. One area we absolutely can’t criticise is the uniformity of its 340cd/2 brightness across the screen; the ViewSonic’s figures are a match for high-end models that cost over £1,000. 

Where it can’t match its top-end rivals is styling, with its plain black plastic finish and dull stand unlikely to stir much ardour in the eyes of its target audience. All the features are here, though, whether that’s pivoting, 130mm of height adjustment or the inclusion of a three-port USB-A hub. These are all hidden away at the back, which is awkward when you want to quickly add a thumb drive, and note there are no speakers (a 3.5mm jack is again inconveniently at the rear).

Do any of these criticisms diminish its impact? We think not. If you’re a creative professional on a budget, and especially if you work in both print and video, this is a steal.

ViewSonic VP2785-2K specifications

Screen size

27in

Screen resolution

2.560 x 1,440

Screen technology

IPS

Screen refresh rate

75HZ

Video inputs

1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x USB Type-C

Audio inputs/outputs

3.5mm headphone jack

Speakers

N/A

Ports

3x USB 3.0 ports, USB-B, 1x USB Type-C (15W)

Adjustability

130mm height adjustment, -5°/+21° tilt, 120° swivel, portrait mode

Dimensions

612 x 215 x 415-545mm

Weight

6.7kg

Warranty

3yr

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