Like televisions, the marketing blurb for computer monitors is frequently full of red herrings. The Viewsonic VX2453mh-LED claims to offer a frankly ridiculous 30,000,000:1 contrast ratio, which should give it blacks darker than the charred heart of Satan himself. Retailing for well under £200, we don't think this budget 24in 1080p monitor will quite reach such deliciously demonic depths, but the truth isn't too bad either.
Happy to double-up as a display for your Xbox 360 or PS3 as well as a computer, there are two HDMI sockets on its back as well as a good old VGA connector. The front is glossy black plastic, surrounded by a non-glossy plastic border. This simple design is spoilt a little by the conspicuous "LED", "HDMI", "1080p" bright white logos, and the similarly bright control markings on the right side of the bezel.
They blast away the learning curve involved in navigating around the monitor's simple on-screen menu, but make sure that it's not going to challenge the best from Samsung in the style stakes.
Between the glossy and matt parts is where the speaker outputs live, quietly pumping-out their predictably tiny output. There's a 3.5mm auxiliary jack input, to let you use your own audio source for the speakers if you wish, but the sound is so weak we can't imagine many using the internal speakers, apart from emergency situations. Some SRS software is bundled to give the impression of surround sound when using the built-in speakers, but like trying to make a sculpture out of particularly runny chocolate milkshake, it's a pointless endeavour. The VX2453mh-LED is impressively slim given it still includes speakers though, helped in this respect by the smooth moulded plastic back.
The stand only tilts - you can't move the monitor up and down - but there's a reasonable 30-degree forward and back movement. More interesting though is the stand's secondary arrangement.
Unscrew the flat base, push the arm away from the monitor panel and the rubberised bottom of this arm lets the VX2453mh-LED sit flush on whatever surface it sits on, like a gigantic photo frame. This orientation will come in handy if you want to use the monitor in somewhere other than the study.