Viewsonic VX2880ml; An In-Depth Review

Ultra-HD or UHD is beginning to gain popularity in both household and business/commercial use. More and more people are switching into ultra-high definition picture quality, despite the fact that there aren’t many Ultra-HD content available out there in both TV and online. However, it is pretty easy to say that the ultra-HD is the future of display technology, and we are all heading to that direction. Thus, many are future-proofing their computers with UHD monitors. One of the good examples out there is Viewsonic’s first Ultra-HD monitor – the Viewsonic VX2880ml. How does it stand against its UHD competition? Find out in this Dual Monitors Guide’s in-depth review.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking to invest to a UHD monitor, but doesn’t want to spend big then you might want to consider Viewsonic VX2880ml. It’s a 28-inch UHD display that delivers sharp picture quality, mostly accurate and bold colors, and inky blacks. However, its UHD resolution can only support 30Hz refresh rate.



The Viewsonic VX2880ml is a stylish 28-inch Ultra-High Definition Twisted Nematic (TN) based monitor that delivers bold and mostly accurate colors, and dark blacks, all while performing at 3840 x 2160 image resolution.


Stunning 4K UHD Resolution Combined with Amazing 1.07 Billion Colors

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Viewsonic’s VX2880ml provides high resolution, the highest available for a desktop monitor. It features 3840 x 2160 pixel screen and contains 8 million pixels, which means it is four times more pixels than the current Full HD resolution available in most displays. It’s a perfect display for multimedia as well, particularly for professional users looking for optimum performance from their monitors, such as CAD/CAM drawing, graphics and content design and development of applications.

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The best thing about the ultra-high resolution in this display is it is paired with an innovative 10-bit color processing performance with 1.07 billion colors, making sure it shows smooth transitions between color-to-color and improved grayscale performance.


Almost Accurate Colors and Deeper Blacks in Grayscale Performance

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ViewSonic VX2880ml’s image quality performance is a bit of a mixed bag. The panel is able to deliver sharp UHD picture and colors appear to be well-saturated and punch, especially against the inky blacks. CIE chromaticity test shows color red and blue are very close to their ideal coordinates, while green is slightly off. This however, does not cause any serious issues at display’s picture performance (no tinting or issue on overall color quality). As a matter of fact, it’s a common issue among monitors today.

Grayscale performance is a little abysmal. Setting the display at Standard picture preset mode (default mode), the screen is able to display the darkest gray shade correctly, without gradual transitions to black. The remaining five darkest shades are crushed (appearing black). Light gray shade performance is a little better though, as the three lightest shades still appear white. Dark gray shade performance can be improved when switching to Movie Preset though; it improves the three darkest shades, making them look better. However, shadow details can be a little muddy, especially when watching action-packed Blu-ray movies.


ViewSonic Flicker-free Technology and Blue Light Filter for More Comfortable Viewing

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With ViewSonic’s Flicker-Free Technology and Blue Light Filter, rest assured that you won’t be hurting your eyes, even when working or playing on your computer for extended period of time. The flicker-free delivers its promise of comfortable viewing. It works by using DC modulation backlights to keep steady stream of direct current power, which nearly eliminates all flickering of the screen at all brightness levels by providing continuous LED light source. It doesn’t follow the traditional Pulse Width Modulation which continuously turns the LED backlight on and off, causing flicker.

The Blue Light Filter on the other hand, works by filtering the amount of blue light emitted by the screen. Blue light is known to harm the eyes, causing discomfort. ViewSonic VX2880ml lets you work, watch movies and play games with your computer without the eye fatigue.


Decent Viewing Angle Performance

As with its closest competition from Acer and Philips, the ViewSonic VX2880ml has decent viewing angle performance. Like other mid-range UHD displays, the viewing angel of this display can be middling. Colors start to shifts and become obvious when viewed at extreme side angles. Also, luminance starts to suffer at around 60° at both top and bottom.


Decent Pixel Response for All-Around Computing Use

This ViewSonic display performs at 5-millisecond (gray-to-gray) pixel response, which means it can still deliver and do a good job in handling fast motions without any noticeable blur when running action-packed demanding games, especially racing games in Full HD (1920 x 1080) mode. However, when set at a higher resolution (at its highest resolution which is (3840 x 2160), games will look choppy because of the panel’s refresh rate limitation at the resolution. The best thing this monitor can do is running at 2560 x 1440 resolution at 60Hz refresh rate. Thus, if you want to play graphic-intensive games in Ultra-High Definition, you may have to look elsewhere, such as UHD monitors from Acer, Philips and Lenovo.



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Viewsonic VX2880ml comes with 100 x 100mm VESA-mounting holes, allowing you to mount the display to aftermarket products and get better ergonomics and more comfortable viewing with fully adjustable monitor stand, desk mount, LCD arm and wall mounts. Simply unscrew the monitor from its base, and then mount it on its new ergonomic stand or wall mount.


Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options 

28-inch monitors like Viewsonic VX2880ml, can work perfectly as stand-alone displays, as their screen is large enough for all-around use, even for business and commercial use. However, if you’re one of the many people out there who are looking to double their display with a dual monitor setup, then your best choice is to equip your monitors with a Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm

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This dual monitor arm allows you to put two 28-inch display side by side, or even put one on top of the other. It is made up of solid polished aluminum construction, with high quality materials. It’s equipped with Constant Force (CF) technology, which is Ergotron’s patented technology that holds monitors securely in place, and still allows smooth, convenient adjustment for optimum ergonomics.

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If you wish to use this display as a stand-alone monitor, then you can have the Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm. Like the its dual monitor arm counterpart, it is nicely polished and made with the same durable construction. It also comes with the same CF technology.

Design and Features

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The ViewSonic VX2880ml is undoubtedly a nice-looking 28-inch widescreen monitor. However, it’s safe to say that it’s a budget 4K display built around a cheap TN panel. While the TN panel helps lower the price and power consumption, it also results to restricted viewing angle, poorer color reproduction (compared to other newer panel technologies such as IPS which is now more common among mobile devices).

It’s the non-reflective screen is housed in a slightly rounded, 2-inches thick matte-black cabinet and weighs at 8.7 lbs. The thin glossy black bezel helps the colors pop out.


Buttons and Functions

Underneath the grille are the four function buttons and the Power button, which are all touch sensitive and gives quick access to the monitor’s functions and adjustment settings. To navigate the buttons, one should be familiar with the 1 and 2 buttons, and 2 arrow buttons point up and down. The buttons doesn’t function without a working input though, so for you to make adjustments, you should first connect the monitor to a playing video source.


Solid and Stable Stand, But with Limited Adjustability

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ViewSonic VX2880ml’s stand looks very interesting (somewhat unusual); it’s a silver and black V-shaped stand that lets you adjust its tilt forward for 5° and backwards 20°. However, that’s pretty much the stand can do, as it doesn’t allow any more adjustments such as swivel, pivot and height adjustments, which would have been great additions to the monitor’s functionality.

Fortunately though, the cabinet comes with VESA mounting holes standards, which means it can be mounted using third-party ergonomic solutions such as monitor stands, desk mounts and wall mounts.


With ViewMode Setting for Improved On-Screen Content

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Picture settings options are limited to the basic ones, namely Brightness, Contrast, Gamma and five (5) Picture Presets. Picture Presets offers the best calibrations for specific viewing purpose, namely Movie, Game, Text, Web and Mono presets to improve color luster for online images, color temperature for reading text and black levels in both movies and games. It also has Dynamic Contrast Ratio setting, Volume, Mute and options for Input Select. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with six-axis color controls, unlike what we saw in Acer B286HK.


Daisy-Chaining High-Definition for Convenient Multi-Monitor Setup

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With two (2) DIsplayPort inputs and a DisplayPort output, this Viewsonic monitor supports daisy-chaining of multiple displays, making it a convenient option for multi-screen setup. This means consistent color quality across connected screens and easy cable management. The Quad HD is supported on daisy-chaining two displays (two total monitors, while Full HD is supported in daisy-chaining four monitors (four total monitors).

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MHL Connectivity for Easy and Convenient Connection to Mobile Devices

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More and more computer monitors today allow MHL connectivity to support connection between mobile devices. The ViewSonic understands this demand, equipping their VX2880ml with MHL connectivity. This feature makes mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, easy to connect to the monitor and show media files and other digital content from mobile devices to the 28-inch display and simultaneously charging the device.


With Decent 2-Watt Speakers

There are two 2-watt speakers that comes with this product, and like most mid-range UHD displays out there that comes with a built-in speakers, they’re pretty loud, but lacks the bass. These speakers face the front through a perforated panel along the bottom screen.


With Eco-Mode to Effectively Conserve Energy

This monitor comes with the brand’s proprietary Eco-mode feature, offering better options to save energy and still display good image quality. At Standard mode, the monitor consumes 45 watts, and 29 watts at Conserve mode. It’s pretty much in line with its closest competitors such as the Acer B286HK (which runs at 43 watts at Standard mode and 28 watts and conserve mode) and Asus PB287Q (runs at 40 watts standard and 28 watts conserve mode)

The Optimize mode works at 80% power, Conserve mode is at 65% power, and a setting that saves up to 35% power. Eco-mode is a great power-saving feature, especially in low-ambient light, as it adjusts brightness and improves screen’s visibility while reducing eye fatigue and energy consumption, while prolonging the monitor’s lamp life at the same time.


Tech Specs

The VX2880ml comes with a three-year warranty on parts, labor, and backlight. The box contains a resource CD with a user guide, full and mini DisplayPort cables, and an HDMI-to-MHL cable.


Bottom Line

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ViewSonic VX2880ml delivers what it promises – sharp ultra-high definition imagery with vibrant colors. As a 4K display that comes with a set-top box, it certainly performs well. The viewing angle is typical for a TN-based, and no worse than other mid-range UHD displays released in the market.

However, its maximum resolution of 3840 x 2560 can only support 30Hz refresh rate. Those who are looking to play big title and action-packed games may have to look somewhere else, or at least, set the resolution one step lower at 2560 x 1440 resolution to get the 60Hz refresh rate. This display also lacks the USB connectivity, making it a little inferior to its tightest competitors like the Acer B289HK, which is even a little more affordable.

Surely there are better performing ultra-high definition monitors out there than ViewSonic VX2880ml for around the same price (or a little higher), but it is still a nice affordable option for anyone who wish to get a hold of 4K monitor with good image quality, sharp and clear performance, at the native resolution.

All in all, the VX2880ml is a pretty well-specified product with a reasonable price tag, worthy of being a competitive newcomer in 4K market. It has the image performance you can expect from a high quality UHD display – sharp and clear.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

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