• Display Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Connectivity: VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Viewing Angle: 178/178
  • Dimensions: 621 x 463 x 209mm
  • Weight: 5.5kg
  • Pros:
  • Value
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • Flimsy neck
  • No DVI port

27-Inches of Budget

Picking a monitor nowadays has become a bit of a chore, especially since there’s so many options and features available to the consumer. Ranging from better colour reproduction to higher refresh rates for smoother and faster gameplay. Then of course comes the size of which comes in an even wider variety.

If you know that you’re in the market for a 27-inch monitor, the Viewsonic VX2776-smhd that we received to review seems to be a decent pick. This 27-inch monitor comes with a SuperClear IPS Panel, which evidently produced great viewing angles. Unless you’re watching from quite an extreme angle, the VX2776-smhd is fine but we think that the anti-glare coating on the display reduces the viewing angles just by a bit.

When it comes to connectivity, the monitor comes with a VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI port which covers quite a nice range, though only lacking the DVI port which is still popular right now. Apart from that, there’s also an audio in and out port, and also sports built-in speakers. This makes the VX2776-smhd a good choice as well if you’re planning to use it for console gaming, but if you’re a bit fussy on sound quality the built-in speakers probably won’t make the cut.

Regardless, at this price point, you’re getting an IPS monitor with great colours and viewing angles while the speakers are just a bonus. Additionally, the monitor features a VESA mount that will allow you to use third-party monitor stands, which is a plus considering that the stock stand isn’t that good. The stand itself isn’t the problem as it’s made from pretty heavy and durable materials, the issue would be the neck which connects to the monitor.

If someone knocks into the desk slightly it will wobble quite a bit and when using the navigation buttons, the monitor would definitely wobble when just applying pressure to use press the buttons. Finally, there’s Flicker-Free technology and a Blue Light Filter, personally we really enjoy Flicker-Free technology since we sit in front of the computer for long hours in the office, and the improvement over a non-flicker free monitor is definitely very noticeable.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A monitor that definitely hits the right spots when it comes to a balance of performance and price. If you need an everyday monitor without all the bells and whistles, the VX2776-smhd is a recommended choice.

(previously published in issue November 2016)