ViewSonic E70 17″ CRT Monitor Review

A Long Lasting Display...


The Bottom Line Does Not Exist!


Bright, Clear, and Not Blurry…


None at all!

A year or two ago I used to have a ViewSonic E70 17” monitor that I got from my sister’s work when they were getting rid of it. I got it because it was a ViewSonic and at that time I only had a 15” monitor that was getting ready to kick the bucket. I have no idea how much my sister’s company paid for this but I can only guess it would have been anywhere from $150 to $250 (maybe even more) back then. I checked the price right now and the cheapest is $120. I had used this monitor for almost a year until I replaced that with one that I bought from for $30; it is an NEC 19” (this NEC is so old that I cannot find it anywhere so I cannot write a review on it) but not as good in picture quality as the ViewSonic.


First of all the specifications say it is a 17-inch monitor, but actually, as most people know that the viewable size is always different. The viewable area for this monitor is about 16 inches, which is really good, and plus it has a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 at about 66 Hz. This particular unit is beige in color which did not match well with the mouse, keyboard, phone, and the desk itself.

There are a total of 5 buttons on the front panel: power, 1, 2, up, and down. These buttons allow you to set the brightness, contrast, size, position, color, and other useful settings. To get to these settings just press the 1 button once and the settings menu appears right away. Use the arrows to select the setting you want to change and press the 2 buttons. To actually make changes to the selected setting, you also use the up and down buttons. I personally think it is not an efficient design by ViewSonic; it would have been better to have a jog dial instead to save space on the front panel, make it look better, and also provide faster navigation through the settings.


The maximum resolution this monitor can support is 1280 x 1024 at about 66 Hz, but I would recommend 1152 x 864 at 75 Hz for optimal performance. My unit is set to 1152 x 864 at 75 Hz also because I the higher refresh rate. I have a PNY Verto GeForce 6800GT 256 MB video card to go with this monitor. I must say that the video card and this monitor work great together, but I always crave one of those LCD monitors (I will get one soon… I hope).

Maximum Resolution1280 x 1024 pixels
Maximum Refresh Rate66 Hz
Minimum Resolution800 x 600 pixels
Minimum Refresh Rate56 Hz


This monitor weighs about 33.1 pounds by itself. It is 16.1 inches wide, 16.7 inches high, and 14 inches in dept without the packaging. If you were going to purchase a monitor you would check if the whole package will fit in your vehicle. I suggest taking it out of its packaging before loading it in your vehicle if it does not fit with the packaging. Most stores do allow you to take it out of the package and leave the box behind for them to dispose of. Since this is a big and heavy monitor, I would suggest that at least one person should handle with caution for your own safety. I have come to know from experience that you can seriously hurt your back if you lift anything heavy the wrong way.


The horizontal dot pitch for this monitor is 0.23mm and the diagonal dot pitch is 0.27mm which is very good (in my opinion) for its type, size, and age. It is not that old, but it is big and heavy. I have watched movies, edited music in picture files, and browse the Internet, and played high-resolution gains with this monitor, and I have never had a hard time seeing whatever was on the screen. The image quality is excellent and is never extra blurry or extra sharp; it is always just right.


ViewSonic provides a three (3) year warranty for all parts, labor, and CRT of this monitor. You can visit ViewSonic’s website ( for warranty repairs or call them on their toll-free phone number 1-800-888-8583.


This is an old monitor (not too old though) but still is a very good quality product. One thing I have come to know is that brand names like Samsung, Viewsonic, and Sony will never disappoint you with their products, will also provide great quality and reliability. I have used all three of these brand names for a long time now and will recommend them to anyone who wants a reliable and long-lasting monitor for either their home or office. Nowadays with the newer LCD monitors, the good old CRT is going cheaper and cheaper.


Monitor TypeFlat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix)
Screen Size20.1 inches
Contrast Ratio600:01:00
Aspect Ratio16:09
Max Resolution1680 x 1050
Supported Resolutions1680 x 1050
1280 x 1024
1280 x 720
1024 x 768
640 x 480
720 x 400
800 x 600
Brightness300 cd/m
Response Time8 ms
Dot Pitch0.258 mm
Color Depth24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Viewable Picture Size20.1 inches
Native Resolution1680 x 1050
Power Consumption47 watts
User ControlsBrightness
OSD Controls
Factory Reset
Auto Image Adjust
Input Select
Manual Image adjust
Selectable color temperature
Dimensions18.9 (W) x 16.7 (H) x 8.5 (D) inches
Weight12.1 lbs
Warranty3 years