ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED review: ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED

Starcraft II looked great with good vibrancy and color reproduction. Still, it had trouble matching the rich vibrancy and color of the PX2370.

To test refresh rate, we used DisplayMate's motion graphics tests and stared at a number of colored blocked as they moved around the screen at various speeds. The VX2450wm-LED clearly had longer trails behind its blocks compared to the PX2370 and would likely have more issue with streaking in games.

Photos: Photo performance was decent, but showed too much green even in SRGB mode. The 7,500k mode we felt was best as it cut out much of the green.

Recommended settings: We used SpectraCal's CalPC to calibrate the ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED for bright-room viewing. The following settings are what the monitor had been adjusted to after calibration.

Attribute Setting
Brightness 100
Contrast 59
Color temperature 6,500k
Color Settings R-91

Viewing angle: The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing colors as the manufacturer intended. Most monitors aren't designed to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when not viewed from optimal angles.

The ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED uses a TN panel, so its viewing angle from the sides, top, and especially underneath is narrower than high-end displays like the Asus PA246Q, which uses IPS panel technology.

Power consumption: The ViewSonic VX2450wn-LED achieved good power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 20.7 watts, compared with the PX2370's 25.01 watts in the same test. Fairly close results, but these power consumption contests are usually decided during sleep time.

In our Sleep/Standby test, the VX2450wn-LED costs 0.11 watt and the PX2370 pulled a higher 0.27 watt. The VX2450wn-LED's lower power consumption during sleep is enough to beat out the PX2370's overall power consumption costs by a good amount, and by "good amount" I mean $1.40.

Based on our formula, the VX2450wn-LED would cost $6.25 per year to run, compared with the PX2370's higher $7.65 per year.

Juice box
ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 20.7
On (max luminance) 20.7
On (min luminance) 11
Sleep 0.11
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 17.2
Annual power consumption cost $6.25
Score Good

Brightness (in cd/m2)
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Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED
Samsung PX2370

DisplayMate test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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Service and support
The ViewSonic VX2450wn-LED comes with solid coverage, including a three-year warranty that covers parts, labor, and the backlight. The company offers 24-7 toll-free technical support phone number and e-mail-based help. However, there is no Web chat support like some other vendors offer. Navigating ViewSonic's Web site and finding drivers and the monitor's user manual was easy.

The ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED is a 24-inch monitor with a $200 price tag. For some, that's 'nuff said. It also has decent performance overall and good (enough) OSD options. It's missing HDMI, so if you're planning to have this be more than just a general-use monitor, you'll be disappointed. Also, its black level is shallow and it has a hard time distancing itself completely from green hue issues. That said, you can't beat that price. Unless the lack of HDMI is a deal breaker or if you plan to do more than general computing or light gaming and movie watching, and as long as you know you're getting a bare-bones monitor here, you won't be disappointed.