bit-tech.net

ViewSonic VX2435wm 24" widescreen

Manufacturer: ViewSonic
UK Price (as reviewed): £460.78 (inc. VAT)
US Price (as reviewed): $649.95 (ex. Tax)

In many regards ViewSonic's monitors have a great pedigree, but it has always suffered in the knowledge that the likes of Samsung, Dell and BenQ seem to punch just a little too high for comfort. This has often resulted in a somewhat lukewarm response for its products.

But, that's no reason to dismiss ViewSonic out of hand and this 24 inch widescreen LCD has all the raw attributes to be a very good monitor.

As with all monitors of this size the VX2435wm has a 1920x1200 native resolution, which provides support for 1080p content and allows for two A4 pages to be set side by side at 100 percent zoom.

It uses an 8-bit P-MVA panel, sports a 1000:1 contrast ratio, claims an 8ms grey-to-grey response time and an excellent 500cd/m² brightness rating. Connectivity wise there is an HDCP compliant HDMI port, Component, S-Video, Composite, D-Sub and finally a 3.5mm audio jack for the internal speakers.

ViewSonic VX2435wm 24 ViewSonic VX2435wm 24
ViewSonic VX2435wm 24 ViewSonic VX2435wm 24

You'll notice one thing missing in this list, DVI. Thus, in the box the VX2435wm comes with a DVI to HDMI cable for a digital connection. In one sense it's quite a smart move, HDMI is obviously a smaller connection though the general trend recently has been for monitors of this size to have an HDMI port in addition to the usual DVI and D-Sub ports.

ViewSonic VX2435wm 24

Given that this monitor has been marketed as an all round workhorse, providing connectivity for your PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and whatever else, then the absence of a DVI port is rather curious. How, for example, would you connect a PC and a PS3 at the same time? With difficulty would be the answer, or perhaps by using an HDMI switcher box such as the Belkin Pure AV HDMI 3-to-1. Of course, for the extra money spent on a switcher one could just as easily spend more on a monitor with a separate HDMI port; the awesome BenQ FP241W springs to mind.

Connection considerations aside on paper this a very well specified monitor. Response time is within expectations, but the 500cd/m² brightness is excellent and while the 1000:1 Contrast Ratio may not seem astounding it's a genuine figure and not enhanced by any "Dynamic" processing - the value of which is severely debatable. The lack of any USB hub is little disappointing, but not critically so.

Specification Summary

  • 24" (wide) viewable area
  • 1920x1200 native resolution
  • 8ms response time (grey-to-grey)
  • 500cd/m²
  • Contrast ratio: 1000:1
  • HDMI -DVI; VGA; Component
  • Price: Around £460 (inc. VAT)