I very recently purchased one of these VP2770-LED monitors and have had it for a few days. NCX's written and video review along with the subsequent discussion in this thread were very helpful and largely influenced my decision, so I thought I would take the time to share my experience.
My old 20 inch 4:3 CRT monitor which I bought when most people were still using 15 inch screens finally gave up the ghost a couple of months ago and since then I have been having to make do with a 16 inch 4:3 CRT that was lying around the house. I never really got used to the 16 inch which felt so small even in comparison 20 inches, so I found myself very much in the market for another monitor.
Since I have never owned an LCD monitor before and wasn't too familiar with all the newest technologies and terminology, I decided to do some research rather than simply throw my money at the first seemingly good deal that I found. I am glad that I did, because I was at one point seriously considering going for one of the new Dell monitors.
I originally ordered a VP2770-LED from Amazon.co.uk for £512 a few weeks ago, but discovered a few days later that Amazon had accepted the order and taken payment, but then cancelled the order and issued a refund upon the basis that my address had been declared undeliverable, even though they had recently delivered another item to me without any problem. This happened to coincide with reports in the media about disgruntled UK Amazon delivery personnel being unhappy with their working conditions, so I don't know if that had anything to do with it.
Either way, the Amazon website simply suggested that I reorder the item, but by the time I became aware of the hold-up Amazon had increased the price of the item and also gone out of stock. Nice.
So anyway, about a week ago I noticed Ebuyer.com was selling the VP2770-LED for £469 including free delivery which was the best price I had seen so far. I have also ordered from them before without any problems, so I decided to go for it. I reasoned that since ViewSonic offers a zero dead/stuck pixel/sub-pixel policy in the UK along with free pick-up and replacement for all their VP models (if I understand their warranty correctly), then I might be better off simply dealing with them directly anyway as opposed to going through the retailer should there be any quality control issues with the one I received.
Ebuyer is usually good with delivery times and the well-packaged box arrived 2 days after I ordered it using their free 7 day delivery option.
So, what is this monitor like? Well, as other people have mentioned, the build quality is very good indeed. I am also very happy with the stand which is very stable, so the monitor is very unlikely to tip over. Even when switched off, it is a thing of beauty.
I admit that I was a little apprehensive when I turned the monitor on for the first time, because I did not want to have my hopes of perfection dashed or to have to deal with the hassle of returning the item due to quality control issues, even if it would be at no extra charge to myself.
However, I have had this monitor for a few days now and I am unable to find a single defect or abnormality. There is not a single dead or stuck sub-pixel, no smudges, strange markings, trapped flecks of dust or anything that marrs the pristine image quality.
Furthermore, when the whole screen is set to black, I am unable to find any back-light bleed even at full brightness. At a distance of about 6 feet with my eyes positioned perpendicularly to the centre of the screen, there is virtually no variation in screen illumination.
At a distance of 2 feet I can see a small amount of IPS/PLS glow at the corners of the screen due to the more exaggerated angle of those areas to the position of my eyes which completely disappears when I position my eyes perpendicularly to those areas, but this is normal for these types of monitors as I understand it and I find it very hard to detect unless the screen is entirely black. Furthermore, because these monitors are so powerfully bright in the first place and my eyes are quite sensitive, I currently have the brightness setting turned down to 10/100 anyway, which further reduces the already negligible IPS/PLS glow when viewing the screen head on at a distance of 2 feet. I may turn the brightness up a bit higher in the future when I am more used to the amount of illumination this thing is capable of.
As far as pixel response time and input lag is concerned, it feels very fluid, especially when playing games and watching movies. One of the first things that I did as suggested by NCX was change the response time to the Advanced setting, and with that setting this monitor doesn't particularly feel any less responsive than when using my CRT monitor.
Lastly, the thing that has stood out to me the most when using this monitor so far is when playing games. The panoramic views that this monitor is capable of are so clear, bright and vibrant that it doesn't so much feel like I am looking at a monitor as it does that I am looking through a window into the game world. It certainly feels a lot more immersive than I was expecting it to be.
So all in all, I am very happy with this monitor and I expect to use it for several years to come. I don't know if I got lucky with this particular panel or if the current batch on the market are all like this one, but a big thumbs up to ViewSonic for producing a very nice monitor.
I would also like to thank NCX for taking the time to carry out his review and everyone else who commented on this thread, without which I would not have discovered this product.