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ViewSonic VX2460h-LED review

An elegant slim-line screen but is a TN panel enough?

Our Verdict

For

  • Decent image quality
  • Ultra-thin design
  • Consistent backlight

Against

  • No DVI connections
  • Poor viewing angles
  • Colour accuracy

Any 24-inch monitor for under £150 was considered a bona fide barrel scraper not that long ago. But things are different now and this ViewSonic screen finds itself pitched against some relatively stiff competition.

The first surprise is that it sports TN technology for its LCD panel. IPS panels, which are generally superior, are now available for under £150 in the 23 to 24-inch segment. On the other hand, the ViewSonic also sports an LED backlight. That in itself is nothing special. But it does allow ViewSonic to cook up an ultra-slim chassis measuring just 6.8mm thick.

That doesn't actually do anything for image quality, of course, but looks do matter and there are all sorts of reasons why you might want a cheap but seriously slick-looking screen.

However, for anyone who prizes image quality above all else, comparisons with the likes of ViewSonic's own IPS-powered VX2336s-LED or the AOC i2352Vh, both of which are cheaper, are likely to be uncomfortable.

Svelte ViewSonic

What you make of the slim-line ViewSonic will depend on your priorities. The specs of the tech that produce the actual images, for instance, are pretty pedestrian.

We're talking 24 inches of TN panel and a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and, therefore, a 16:9 aspect ratio. The pixel response is quoted at 5ms, which is unexciting for a TN screen, and the contrast comes in at an industry standard 1,000:1 and the white-light LED is good enough for 250cd/m2.

None of this is remotely dramatic. However, the thickness of the chassis is. But therein lies a problem. Ultra-slim HDTVs are cool because you can hang them on a wall and really wallow in the thinness. But a PC monitor? On a stand? And a tilt-only one at that? Not so much.

Even if you wanted to mount the screen on the wall, there's a box of gubbins on the bottom that prevents a properly flush wall fitting.

As for image quality, well, the ViewSonic screen is capable of visuals towards the top-end of the TN tree. The colours are vibrant and the contrast and black levels much better than TN panels of just a few years ago. The backlight is even and consistent, too, and the pixel response is nice and snappy. So the only major drawback is the viewing angles, which still give the TN game away.

Strictly speaking, the colour accuracy isn't that great, so not good for graphics pros. But that's not an issue for most home users or gamers. With IPS panels being available for similar money, swapping IPS technology for the dubious benefits of having an ultra-slim chassis is a raw deal to us. We're not crazy about the lack of DVI connectivity, either, given that AMD graphics cards still don't play nicely with HDMI connections.

All other things being equal though, we've no objection to slimmer chassis. At this price point, it's unusual to have a cheap screen that doesn't look budget. As TN panels go, this ViewSonic monitor is a very decent effort, in part thanks to that LED backlight.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR 5.1, EPEAT Silver, WEEE, RoHS
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VGAYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Product FamilyVX
ColourBlack
Brightness250 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameViewsonic
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Screen Size61 cm (24")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time2 ms
Weight with Stand (Approximate)3.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption28 W
Height447 mm
Width581 mm
Depth194 mm
Product SeriesVX
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product ModelVX2460h-LED
Product NameNew 24" LED Display with Stylish Ultra-Slim Design
Manufacturer Part NumberVX2460H-LED
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The new VX2460h-LED 24" display is the next level of the VX Series. It is ultra slim at 6.8mm, has a stylish new design and is packed with amazing features to provide advanced connectivity and a stunning visual performance. The Energy Star 5.1 certified display is equipped with LED backlighting and ECO Mode, extending backlight lifetime and conserving over 40% more energy than a conventional display. The VX2460h-LED presents superior pixel performance with the 2 ms video response time, provided by ClearMotiv II imaging technology, ultrahigh 40,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 16 : 9 widescreen display and Full HD 1080p resolution through dual HDMI inputs. The brilliant visual performance, with advanced imaging technologies that support multi-window display, and HDMI connectivity options packed within a slender display make the VX2460h-LED ideal for both home and office use.

Limited Warranty3 Year