While we were quite impressed with the Philips 192EL LED monitor, it's now Viewsonics turn to take the hot seat. The VA1913wma is Viewsonics budget LED monitor, which happens to fall in the same price bracket as the Philips. This 18.5" screen comes with a resolution of 1366x768, 250 candelas brightness and a 5ms response time. The build quality is good and so are the aesthetics, you can think of it as a miniature version of the VA2431wm, which was also LED based.
Design and Build
The full glossy bezel and stand help it stand out, but also attracts a lot of dust and fingerprints. The stand is wide enough and offers a good base for the monitor. There isn't much of a wobbling effect even when nudged from the side. It also has a tilt feature (about 30 degrees backwards and forwards) for optimal viewing angle.
The monitor isn't as slim as the Philips for whatever reason. There's quite a bit of protrusion at the back. Here you'll also find the VESA mounting points. The monitor comes with two built in 2W speakers as well for those who care. There's only one VGA port facing downwards.
The physical buttons are lined up in the front but don't have any backlight. They are also placed a bit too close to each other, so when navigating the menus you do hit the wrongs button.