It may not exert the same desktop dominance as the company's 24 and 28-inch offerings, but Viewsonic's new 17-inch monitor will still let you get a taste of the widescreen action while leaving room in your wallet to match all that extra desk space. Coming in at just barely over $200, the VA1703wb brings the 1440x990 resolution you'd expect on a monitor of this size, along with a 500:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, and an 8 ms response time. The port situation is equally low-end, with just a single VGA input to meet your connectivity needs. Interestingly, DigiTimes reported late last year that both Viewsonic and Apple were set to release 17-inch widescreen displays by the first quarter of this year, making them half-right so far, although how much credibility this adds to the prospect of a 17-inch Cinema Display remains to be seen.

[Via TG Daily]

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