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ViewSonic VLED221wm

ViewSonic VLED221wm
alaScore 88

38 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of ViewSonic VLED221wm. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Monitors for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Monitors the ViewSonic VLED221wm is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: David Murphy (

ViewSonic VLED221wm


ViewSonic's VLED221wm 22-inch LCD is the first LED-backlit display to grace our Lab, and we were anxious to put the technology to the test. LCD monitors typically sport cold cathode fluorescent backlighting, which can be less than uniform, and because...

It does have an 118% color gamut. And the blacks are indeed very black

Too dark, with garish colors

Given its spendy price point compared to fellow 22-inch monitors, ViewSonic’s VLED221wm just isn’t a wise choice. The concept of “true black” is a strong selling point, but not when it results in perceptible quality loss.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Eric Franklin (

ViewSonic VLED221wm review: ViewSonic VLED221wm


At $500, the ViewSonic VLED221wm can't keep pace with better monitors, such as the Gateway HD2201, which can be found for at least $300 cheaper. In our tests, the VLED221wm achieved good performance in games and movies, and it includes built-in...

Good performance in movies and games; built-in speakers; sturdy footstand; thin panel.

No HDMI; lacks ergonomic options; uninspired OSD with limited options.

The ViewSonic VLED221wm is a well-performing monitor, but it's too expensive to recommend.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: ZDNet (

ViewSonic VLED221wm


Viewsonic's LED back-lit monitor leaves a lot to be desired in the performance stakes, especially considering its price.

Pleasant enough design, Good blacks

Oversaturated colours, Pricey for what it is, Over-active DCR, Hidden option for turning off DCR, Poor speakers, No numerical values on RGB controls

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Greg Adler (



ViewSonic's 22-inch wide-screen VLED221wm is the world's first sub-$1000 LCD monitor with LED backlight technology, which delivers an evenly bright screen and a wide color gamut.

Glossy black design Displays brilliant colors

Poor built-in speakers Hefty price tag.

Though ViewSonic packed a lot of high-end features into the VLED221wm, the impressive specs did not produce a huge image-quality boost in our testing. This monitor is best suited for a movie buff, for a multimedia/graphic designer who needs to see a...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Review Crew (

ViewSonic VLED221wm Review


At $500, the ViewSonic VLED221wm can't keep pace with better monitors, such as the Gateway HD2201, which can be found for at least $300 cheaper. In our tests, the VLED221wm ...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: (

Viewsonic VLED221wm


The Viewsonic VLED221wm sets up great expectations for LED technology but falls short. This is one of the better 22-inch LED monitors on the market, with the picture brighter and sharper than a budget competitor. But price is hurting this monitor. Yet...

Mercury-free LED backlight118% OptiColor NTSC TechnologySuper-HD 1680x1050 resolution deliver precise color rendition16:10 widescreen panel allows users to work in two documents or applications side-by-side5 ms pixel response

The Viewsonic VLED221wm widescreen LCD monitor has many exciting...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Bob Buskirk (

ViewSonic VLED221wm 22-inch Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor


LED backlit LCD's are something that we are just starting to see come into the consumer market. A lot of new notebook LCD's are LED backlit, but you really do not see that many desktop LCD's that are LED backlit. Mainly because producing a LED backlit...

Ability to represent 118% of the NTSC color gamut, - 12000:1 contrast ratio, - Black levels are amazing, - Thin and sleek design

No vertical adjustment or ability to swivel the display

This has to be one of the best LCD's that I have reviewed. As soon as you turn it on you can instantly tell the difference between it and previous LCD's that you have used. The vibrant colors are amazing and make everything, even surfing the web more...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Bill O'Brien (

ViewSonic VLED221wm LCD Monitor


ViewSonic's VLED221wm will satisfy the LCD connoisseur quite easily, but the typical gamer or casual video watcher has no real reason to consider it. At almost 3.5 times the cost of a traditional 22-inch display, other options with less exacting color...

Fine color presentation, especially in displaying small variations in hue

Almost all of the VLED221wm's other display parameters are standard LCD issue

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Mar, 2008

Expert review by: PC Plus (

Viewsonic VLED221wm review


The first affordable monitor to be powered by an LED backlight

Vibrant pictures ; Power-efficient

Expensive ; Sluggish pixel response

Going on pictures alone, this is a great monitor. But factor in the high price and this becomes a less appealing screen

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Andrew Kliem (

Viewsonic VLED221wm


22in monitor with LED backlighting

Great colours, sharp picture, minimal ghosting, no noise

Poor viewing angle, extremely expensive, minor contrast issues at bright end

Viewsonic's VLED221wm would be a fairly good choice if it cost a few hundred dollars less, but with a price tag almost triple its competitors it is difficult to recommend despite having brilliant colours and fairly good overall image quality.

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

ViewSonic's 22" VLED221wm widescreen LCD features a mercury-free LED backlight that requires less power than a standard 22" LCD but produces more brilliant color and crystal-clear images. 118% OptiColor NTSC Technology and Super-HD 1680x1050 resolution deliver precision color rendition, while the 16:10 widescreen panel allows users to work in two documents or applications side-by-side. Un

Audio Output


Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:22in
Diagonal Size (metric):55.9cm
Form Factor:Desktop
Image Brightness:250cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio:1000:1
Image Max H-View Angle:170
Image Max V-View Angle:160
Interface:DVI / VGA (HD-15)/VGA (HD-15) / DVI
Max Resolution:1680 x 1050
Response Time:5ms
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Compatibility:Mac / PC/Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:ViewSonic

Input Device

Type: None


Color:Black / Silver/Silver / Black
Compliant Standards:BSMI / C-Tick / CB / CCC / CE / cUL / FCC Class B certified / GOST / ISO 13406-2 / ISO 14001 / ISO 9001 / MPR II / NEMKO / NOM / PCBC / PSB / RoHS / SASO / TCO '06 / TUV Ergo / TUV GS / UL / VCCI / TCO 06/RoHS / PSB / TUV Ergo / CCC / CB / ISO 14001 / SASO / PCBC / NOM / NEMKO / ISO 13406-2 / cUL / GOST / ISO 9001 / BSMI / C-Tick / VCCI / TUV GS / MPR II / CE / FCC Class B certified / TCO 06 / TCO '06
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Video Input

Digital Video Standard:Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
TV Tuner Presence: No