ViewSonic VP3881 Review by PC Magazine

  • - Tony Hoffman
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PROS

Large and wide curved screen. Minimal bezel. Beautiful color in both photos and video. Pre-calibrated in a variety of color spaces. Corrected to achieve brightness uniformity.

CONS

Tricky OSD controls. Mediocre sound quality. Modest HDR effect.

BOTTOM LINE

The ViewSonic VP3881, designed for photo, video, and graphics pros, is a monitor with a beautiful 38-inch screen that magnificently renders colors in photos and videos.

 

 

 

 

The ViewSonic VP3881 is a professional monitor geared toward photographers, video editors, and other creative professionals who require very accurate colors. To this end, it has a large, ultra-wide screen that comes pre-calibrated to conform to multiple color spaces. The VP3881 beautifully rendered photos and videos in our testing. The panel is a 38-inch monster with a moderate curve, meant as a single enveloping display for graphics pros. We'd suggest looking at this panel from the point of view of pure display quality and minimalism, and not to count on the built-in audio or to put too much stock in the HDR support.

That Compelling Screen

The monitor's design is simple and conservative, with clean lines and a narrow, nearly invisible bezel, keeping one's focus on the panoramic screen. The VP3881 at Amazon measures 19.7 by 35.3 by 11.8 inches (HWD), including the stand; you can raise it by nearly five additional inches. You also get swivel and tilt adjustment (the latter, 22 degrees across the whole range). The stand emerges from a wide and sturdy rectangular base.

The in-plane switching (IPS) panel is admittedly impressive, spanning 38 inches (of which 37.5 inches are viewable), with a native resolution of 3,840 by 1,600 pixels (WQHD+). Given that resolution, the aspect ratio works out to an ultra-wide 24:10.

ViewSonic rates the VP3881's contrast ratio at 1,000:1, which our testing showed to be within half a percent of what we measured in our tests (996:1). The VP3881's peak brightness is rated at 300cd/m2 (aka nits); it turned in a slightly better 327 nits when we took it through its paces.

ViewSonic's monitor has a good set of connectors, including two HDMI inputs, a DisplayPort input, a USB Type-C port, three USB 3.0 downstream and one USB 3.0 upstream ports, and two 3.5mm jacks. The audios are one audio-in and one audio-out, meant for connecting to an external audio source, or to speakers or headphones. You may well make use of the audio-out jack, because the built-in pair of 5-watt speakers, although reasonably loud, pumps out mediocre-quality sound. Audio was better with the twin 10-watt speakers on the Editors' Choice LG 38UC99-W, which doubles as a professional and gaming monitor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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