HDMI 2.0 starts appearing in Viewsonic 4K monitors

by on April 23, 2015

Stephan Jukic – April 23, 2015

HDMI 2.0 is another one of the key routes by which 4K ultra HD content can be sent between a display monitor or TV screen and a video processing or storage system.

This is why there has been quite a bit of focus on getting HDMI 2.0 capability into at least some video cards as soon as possible. Well, this has been the case since last year by now but 4K monitors with HDMI 2.0 ports had remained lacking, until now.

As of Thursday April 16th, Viewsonic, the maker of 4K display technologies, has had two new 4K ultra HD monitors with actual support for the much more powerful HDMI 2.0 standard available to the public.

This is a great new development for users of 4K PC monitors and for 4K gaming fans because HDMI 2.0 surpasses the older and much weaker HDMI 1.4 with its ability to transmit data at more than twice the bandwidth of the 1.4 version of the standard. In other words, HDMI 2.0 matches DisplayPort 1.2 in its ability to deliver 4K ultra HD video between a PC screen and a video processing cards at a full blown 60 frames per second or 60Hz instead of the much more sluggish 30Hz.

Not only can HDMI 2.0 pull this off, but it also maintains enough additional bandwidth to send up to as many as 30+ audio channels and other goodies along with all that 4K video at 60Hz.

Now that HDMI 2.0 compatible video cards are out, PC monitors with 4K resolutions can finally begin catching up to the same pace thanks to Viewsonic’s innovation.

HDMI and DisplayPort have both been essentially competing in this area and both cable transmission systems have been eagerly anticipated in many new ultra HD PCs and gaming monitors.

Currently, HDMI 2.0 has caught up to the strength of DisplayPort 1.2 at sending across 60Hz 4K video content but DisplayPort’s makers are already moving ahead with their next thing, which is DisplayPort 1.3. This yet more advanced standard, that can’t yet even be seen on any PCs or gaming and 4K video systems, is supposed to support not just 4K, but the whopping resolution of 8K video at a full 80Hz.

HDMI hasn’t advanced quite this far yet and is for now only available in a few select video cards such as Nvidia’s GTX 980 series of processors for 4K level graphics. However, there are developments being made in the direction of a slightly more advanced HDMI 2.0a standard to supplant the current version of 2.0.

As for the Viewsonic monitors themselves, one of them is aimed directly at professional visual editing users while the other could be considered more recreation-friendly.

The more professionally oriented monitor is the VP2780-4K and it’s been designed with intense, editing related color vibrancy as part of its specs. This monitor is a 27-inch IPS panel that offers 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution and does so –obviously- at 60Hz thanks to having the dual option of DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity or HDMI 2.0 connection to a PC GPU. The VP2780-4K also offers 2 HDMI 1.4 ports and Mini DisplayPort connections.

The 24-inch VX2475Smhl-4K HDMI 2.0 monitor

The 24-inch VX2475Smhl-4K HDMI 2.0 monitor

This monitor also offers luminance of a decent 300 nits and a very respectable 1 billion colors in its gamut. The VP2780-4K will be retailing for a not too overdone price of $1,091. A bit steep but given the new HDMI 2.0 technology, not too off-putting.

The other of Viewsonic’s HDMI 2.0 monitors is called the VX2475Smhl-4K and it offers a considerably more affordable package. The model features two HDMI 2.0 ports and a standard DisplayPort 1.2a connection. It comes with a less impressive display technology in the form of “SuperClear” PLS (plane line switching) which is slightly better than that of TN monitor panels.

Furthermore, the VX2475Smhl-4K also offers a 4K resolution but only does so in the form of a 24 inch display screen. Thus, while you’ll get some excellent pixels per inch, you won’t get the broad screen space of the VP2780-4K.

This second HDMI 2.0 enabled Viewsonic model is going to retail for $611 USD.

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