For some time now, we've known that most of the major monitor manufacturers are planning to dump their 16:10 aspect ratio widescreen models in favour of the 16:9 standard commonly seen in HDTVs.
In fact, it's expected to be an extremely rapid transition. Several brands have already announced their intention to migrate the majority of their PC monitors to 16:9 by the end of 2009.
With the launch of the new Viewsonic VX2260WM and Iiyama's similar ProLite E2208HDS, that process has begun. For a full discussion of the pros and cons of the shift to 16:9, see our review of the Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS.
Suffice to say that the change has more to do with reducing LCD panel production costs than it does with improving the viewing experience. This minor revolution in LCD form factors does, however, bring with it at least one major advantage. Not only do these new monitors match HDTVs in terms of proportions, but they also pack 1,920 x 1,080 pixel grids and hence are officially capable of full 1080p HD.
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In the 23 and 24-inch space, where 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolutions currently dominate, that actually translates into a slight reduction in overall pixel count and therefore desktop elbow room. But in the high volume 22-inch segment, where the 1,680 x 1,050 native resolution is the norm, we'll all be getting a fair few more pixels for our pesos.
Enter, therefore, Viewsonic's 22-inch take on this new 1080p species - read on to find out how it shapes up...