ViewSonic VG2427wm review: ViewSonic VG2427wm

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MSRP: $499.00

The Good The ViewSonic VG2427wm includes a decent host of ergonomic options, three USB ports, and great game and movie performance.

The Bad The ViewSonic VG2427wm's chassis feels hollow and fragile; its OSD lacks useful options like presets.

The Bottom Line The ViewSonic VG2427wm has a good assortment of ergonomic options and great performance, but its asking price is just a bit too high to recommend.

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7.1 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 6
  • Performance 8
  • Support 7

The ViewSonic VG2427wm gets points for a good assortment of ergonomic features--including screen height adjustment, 180 degrees swivel, and 25 degrees tilt. It also includes three USB ports and great movie and game performance. Yet, even with these attributes, we find it difficult to recommend the ViewSonic at its slightly higher than average asking price of $367. In contrast, the $300 Dell SP2309 with its 2,048x1,152-pixel resolution and the $250 Dell G2410 with its stellar performance are better buys. Also, we felt the ViewSonic's hollow and fragile-feeling chassis makes its price even harder to swallow.

Design and features
The 24-inch ViewSonic VG2427wm has a matte screen and a plain, black matte finish chassis. The base panel measures just more than an inch in depth, with a full depth of 2.6 inches with the ventilation system and connection options (that's average compared with other 24-inch models). The bezel measures a smallish 0.75-inch on all sides and the screen height is adjustable by 5.25 inches. When the screen is at its lowest point, there are four inches between the bottom of the bezel and the desktop. The panel swivels left and right 180 degrees and tilts back 25 degrees, but there is no pivot option for portrait mode.

The circular footstand measures 9.75 inches in diameter. When the panel is extended to its highest point, the display wobbles a considerable amount when knocked from the sides. It wobbles dramatically less at its lowest point.

Connection options include DVI and VGA, but it doesn't support HDMI. Next to the video ports are two USB downstream ports and one upstream port. All the ports are fairly easily accessible to the right of the display's neck. On the back of the display's stand are two vertically aligned hooks that hold the power and video cords for keeping them tidy. The stand is removable for mounting the display to a wall VESA-style. However, you'll have to supply your own mount.

The onscreen display button array, which is designated by a blue LED light in the middle of the bezel's bottom, consists of two numbered buttons and up and downs arrow controls. Navigating the OSD is painless thanks to the simple interface. Press the "1" control for initial access, use the arrow controls to navigate, and press the "2" control to select an option. You also use the arrow button to adjust attributes. There are no presets included, but the OSD has controls for contrast, brightness, and color. The color options give you the capability to choose color temperature, SRGB mode, or to customize the Red, Green, and Blue settings manually.

The OSD also includes a Dynamic Contrast setting that, once switched on, makes the screen automatically darken depending on its current luminance. Eco mode is another feature, where you can choose from the settings, Standard, Optimize, and Conserve. Each setting adjusts the brightness automatically.

Along the top back of the panel are the built-in speakers. The volume is adjustable via the OSD, but it sounds muffled even at its highest setting and it lacks bass. Also, when the volume was cranked, the sound got tinny.

The ViewSonic VG2427wm's 16:9 aspect ratio supports a "Full HD" native resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels. This continues the trend of more and more monitor vendors moving toward 16:9 from 16:10 because high-definition content--in particular 1080p movies--can fit onto a 1,920x1,080-pixel screen without distorting the image.

Manufacturer's specifications:
Resolution: 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel-response rate: 2ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
Connectivity: DVI-D, HDMI, VGA
HDCP compliant? Yes
Included video cables? DVI, VGA
Backlight: CCFL
Panel Type: TN
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

We tested the ViewSonic VG2427wm with its DVI connection. The display posted a composite score of 90 on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests, coming a few points behind the Dell G2410's 97. The ViewSonic tested well all-around, but didn't excel at anything in particular. Its biggest problem was with distinguishing between very dark gray and black.

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