First Look: ViewSonic’s Consumer LCD Line

Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor,

ViewSonic Corporation introduced two new LCD displays, the VA720 and VA520, that promise high performance with a sleek new design to Internet, gaming and home office computing enthusiasts.

The 17-inch VA720 offers a contemporary, ultra-thin monitor design. It features 1280×1024 native resolution, 260 nits of brightness and a high contrast ratio of 450:1 that should deliver crisp images with razor-thin edges. The wide 140-degree horizontal and 135-degree vertical viewing angle of the VA720 should provide a greater range of viewing for competitive gaming. At just 13.6 pounds and with a depth of 2.7 inches, the VA720 may also save consumers space.

The 15-inch VA520 is also engineered for high performance with a native resolution of 1024×768, 250 nits of brightness, and a 400:1 contrast ratio. Both products offer metallic-on-black frames, which complement next generation PC designs to provide users with additional display options over traditional bundled systems. Additional features include OnView controls for making simple, custom image adjustments, and compliance with TCO ’99 emissions standards.

Availability and Pricing
The VA720 and VA520 are currently available with a $100 rebate at Best Buy, CompUSA and Office Depot, as well as through ViewSonic distributors and mail order catalogs with estimated street prices, after rebate, of $699 and $429 respectively.

Backed by a three-year warranty on parts and labor, the VA720 and VA520 are eligible for ViewSonic’s optional Express Exchange service, which guarantees a replacement monitor within 48 hours where service is available. In addition, ViewSonic offers toll-free technical support seven days a week, 24 hours a day. For further information, please contact ViewSonic Corporation at tel: 800.888.8583 or 909.869.7976; fax: 909.468.3736; or

Small Business Computing Staff
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