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Viewsonic to launch cheapest 4K monitor in the UK

Viewsonic 4K monitor
Viewsonic's first 4K monitor
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First unveiled at CES earlier this year, the Viewsonic VX2880ML is now bound to the UK with a recommended retail price of £431 ($831, about AU$790), undercutting both Samsung's and AOC's monitors.

As for the two models, Viewsonic's one displays 3,840 x 2160 pixels on a 28-inch diagonal. Connectivity includes DisplayPort (DP - input and output for daisy-chaining), Mini DP, MHL 2.0 and HDMI 1.4.

The panel sits on top of a stand that supports a lightweight 4.4Kg but that excludes an unwieldy 90W external power adaptor.

Other features include a pair of 2W speakers, 30-bit colour, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a response time of 5ms, a brightness of 300cd/m^2, a VESA mount and a power consumption of only 44W.

The VX2880ML will target 4K content developers, graphic designers and gamers although prospective customers will need to make sure that their computers can handle 4K displays both in terms of output and performance.

The number of vendors shipping 4K monitors is growing steadily. Samsung, AOC, Philips, Asus, Lenovo, Acer, Dell and Illyama currently have one or more models with a couple of larger 4K TV from Samsung (40-inch) and Argos (39-inch).

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.