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Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED review: Or, why a sub-$200 price point garners interest

The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED is one of the lowest priced 24-inch monitors we've ever reviewed.

The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED presents a compelling case for its price. Josh Miller/CNET

It's a great feeling when you can get a capable device at a not-so-capable-seeming price. The ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED is one of the most popular monitors on CNET, and though ViewSonic is a solid monitor company, much of that interest stems from the fact that it's offering a 24-inch display for less than $200.

For someone looking for a by-the-numbers display, a cheap monitor from a known vendor with a nice-sized screen is hard to pass up. But does the ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED offer more than that?

Judging from some internal numbers I've seen, $200 dollars seems to be a magic pricepoint that almost always ignites interest in a monitor, usually regardless of what else it offers. Thankfully, the ViewSonic is a good monitor, but I've seen interest from readers in many monitors that offer little more than a screen to view what your computer is trying to show you. Maybe that's all many people need.

So, how important is price? Monitor vendors release more expensive monitors every year, with better technology and more features, but if all it takes to sell (I'm assuming) thousands of monitors at Best Buy is a sub-$200, price then why bother with all that fancy stuff?

What do you guys think? For your needs, what's more important when you're in the market for a monitor? Performance and features or price? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.

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