A professional-class 27in monitor with a 2560 x 1440 resolution that doesn’t cost a fortune.
ViewSonic’s VP2772 promises high-end performance with its huge, 2560 x 1440 IPS panel lit by a wide-gamut GB-LED backlight.ViewSonic colour-calibrates each display to guarantee an average Delta E of 3.
Physically, the VP2772 looks almost identical to its predecessor, the VP2770-LED. The huge stand holds the monitor firmly in place – even when the 135mm height-adjustable stand is extended to its maximum – and it remains wobble-free in both landscape and portrait modes.
Connectivity has taken a leap forwards. In addition to DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort inputs, the VP2772 sports DisplayPort throughput for daisy-chaining a second monitor. The four-port USB hub has been upgraded to USB 3 as well.
The VP2772’s IPS panel is an even greater improvement. The new GB-LED backlight allows the VP2772 to cover a claimed 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space. In practice, it serves up impressive colour fidelity. In Adobe RGB mode, we measured a contrast ratio of 715:1, an average Delta E of 1.5 and a maximum Delta E of 3.7. With the sRGB mode activated, the panel served up a contrast ratio of 714:1, and scored an average Delta E of 1.7 and a maximum Delta E of 4.1. The gently reflective finish helps to keep the picture vibrant and grain-free, but it isn’t truly glossy.
Inexplicably, the sRGB mode locks the backlight at 218cd/m2, which is far brighter than we’d recommend for professional use. The backlight is uneven, too, with dimmer patches noticeable in the top left and top right of the panel. We measured a brightness variation of 18% across the panel, which is disappointing.
Despite these flaws, the VP2772 provides professional-class colour fidelity for sensible money. If you can’t afford a top-flight monitor such as Eizo’s ColorEdge CG276, the VP2772 provides a taste of the high end at a fraction of the price.