Viewsonic VA2626wm 26-inch monitor offers 1080p on a budget

Viewsonic have announced their latest LCD display, the VA2626wm, aimed at the professional on a budget.  Despite being a whopping great 26-inch 1920 x 1200 1080p high-definition panel, with 6,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, the company is only asking for $529.  If the quality they deliver is as good as the press release verbiage would have it, you could be looking at a serious bargain.

Inputs include HDMI, DVI and VGA, together with an audio jack for the built-in pair of 2.5W speakers.  No, unlikely to rock your workstation through to the floor below, but Viewsonic do let you unclip them if your tastes in music lean more toward the bassy. 

The VA2626wm will be available in July, priced at $529.  It's suitable for both office and home, as the digital video inputs are HDCP compatible so as to work with HD sources such as Blu-ray players.

Press Release:

Wide Format Monitor Delivers Full HD 1080p Resolution, More Productivity and an Improved Desktop Experience

WALNUT, Calif., June 30, 2008 – ViewSonic® Corp. introduces the latest addition to its complete range of LCDs with the affordable, feature-rich VA2626wm LCD monitor. At less than $530, the 1080p Full HD panel offers a large workspace for the productive multi-tasker and the ultimate viewing experience for movie buffs and gamers.

Multiple inputs, like HDMI, VGA and DVI with HDCP compatibility, allow Blu-Ray™ disc player, cable box, satellite box, or gaming console connections, and quickly take users from work to play.

The entertainment continues with exceptional audio. The 2.5-watt dual stereo speakers, provided by SRS WOW HD, create rich bass sound with realistic clarity, perfect for transitioning from watching the corporate webcast to a Hollywood blockbuster.

The 26-inch display not only provides a large, high definition viewing area with enhanced sound, but also touts additional specifications that have become industry standard for top display performance. A dynamic contrast ratio of 6,000:1 and a native resolution of 1920x1200 produce crisp images, in bright colors that rival more expensive displays in this category.

"We are committed to continuously expanding our display offerings and aim to exceed customer expectations by adding premium features we know our customers demand," said Jeff Volpe, president of Global Brand and Emerging Technologies, ViewSonic. "ViewSonic further demonstrates its display leadership by offering innovative technology, versatile offerings and outstanding value."

Available in July through distributors and solution providers for an estimated street price of $529, the VA2626wm is backed by ViewSonic's superior customer support program that includes a three-year limited warranty on parts and labor. Optional four-year or five-year extended warranties are also available. ViewSonic offers toll-free technical support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding major U.S. holidays.