In review: Viewsonic VP3481a

In review: Viewsonic VP3481a

An ergonomic feast for the eyes from the pricey luxury class. PCtipp tests. […]

Monitor specialist Viewsonic has designed the hardware-calibrated 34-inch monitor VP3481A especially for multimedia, professional graphics and video editing and also, at least partially, for gaming. The ColorPro model is set up in no time at all: first the square stand is mounted and screwed, then the IPS panel is locked into the corresponding device – that’s it. That the manufacturer does not do things by halves, but you can also see on the exterior and the equipment. In turn: the curved (1800R), almost frameless and matte VA panel (3440 x 1440 pixels, UWQHD resolution with an aspect ratio of 21:9) is the showpiece of the device. It offers a viewing angle independence of 175°/ 175° degrees (horizontal /vertical). In addition, the display is equipped with AMD’s FreeSync technology. With the feature, so-called tearing effects can be reduced in order to prevent the “dismemberment of individual images” in games.

Further highlights: The panel features a “Delta E” < 2 (Delta E = color spacing for the most uniform color reproduction possible), a 99 percent sRGB color accuracy and an exceptionally large 14-bit 3D lookup table that can be used to create 4.39 billion different shades. In short, this is great. The implemented HDR10 functionality, on the other hand, ensures a larger dynamic range or higher contrast.

The image refresh rate is specified at 100 Hz, which should be a bit too low for gamer professionals. Although the device is calibrated from the delivery state, in order to carry out a new calibration, the optionally available colorbration kit from the manufacturer is required. On the connection side, the monitor is versatile, also because it is equipped with two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort and two USB 3.1 ports. It can also be used to connect mobile phones via the USB-C socket on the back (performance max. 80 Watts) and other appropriately equipped devices supply power or charge them. In addition, the device is height-adjustable, can be tilted and rotated. All sockets are recessed into the chassis on the back of the monitor, but above all they are easy to reach.

The VP3481a in action

In practical operation, we measured an average power consumption of 48 watts (energy efficiency class “G”) for the EX3415R, which is still economical. To call up the OSD menu (On-Screen display = configuration menu), the user presses a small, hidden button, which is located to the right below the screen. With four additional buttons, the signal source can be selected, the color mode set and maneuvered, among other things. The configuration menu is structured in tabular form. Among other things, there are entries in the OSD to specify the image input, or to adjust contrast, brightness or location.

In the image test, the device literally shows what it contains: In our one-month practical test, there were no stutters from the very beginning. With regard to the film quality when streaming, we resorted to Netflix, while playing on the Formula One 2021 Deluxe Edition. Thanks to the built-in overdrive pixel acceleration, the device was also able to convince here. The VP3481A easily completes panorama changes as well as fast image changes. The maximum brightness deviation was 6.1 percent in the test and was located at the bottom right of our test model. The contrast, on the other hand, was even measured at 2981: 1, and thus very close to the specified static 3000:1.

Conclusion

ViewSonic VP3418A is an all-rounder display that is particularly recommended for video, graphics and multimedia applications due to its strong color fidelity and image quality. The VA panel can also make use of its advantages in terms of ergonomics.

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