Technology and fashion are now virtually inseparable, as is their obsession with thinness. Monitors have joined phones, tablets, laptops and televisions in a desperate race to shed the pounds. Now ViewSonic has produced the skinniest monitor of them all, but is it a trend setter or a misdirected fashion victim?
Certainly the name is unlikely to become iconic, but the ViewSonic VX2460h-LED makes a striking first impression. At just 6.8mm thick at its thinnest point our first fear was the VX2460h may snap in our hands. Of course like so many specifications in the monitor industry this dimension is somewhat misleading. It is 14mm thick at the display's widest point and the stand itself is 200mm deep - the 6.8mm measurement is for superficial rather than practical reasons. Fashion would be proud.
Whether fashion would be proud of the Viewsonic VX2460h-LED from the front, however, is more debateable. In slimming down the monitor ViewSonic has had to squeeze internals around the outside of the panel which results in a wide bezel. The approach will divide opinion and we aren't a big fan of the bezel's glossy piano black finish either. It does house intuitive touch sensitive power, source and onscreen menu buttons though and overall the look is somewhat retro.
ViewSonic has also indulged its retro intentions with the inclusion of a VGA port at the back and a useful 3.5mm headphone jack, but otherwise it is 21st century all the way with inclusion of dual HDMI ports. This arrangement is becoming increasingly standard on modern monitors and makes it easy to toggle between two sources such as a laptop and desktop or even phone and tablet.
Less commendable is the minimalist stand. The Viewsonic VX2460h-LED can tilt but there is no height adjustment and it cannot rotate. In addition the stand is very sensitive to impact around it and we found even typing could cause the display to wobble, something that is distracting very quickly. Skinny fashion is not without its compromises.
There is a further compromise in terms of the panel too, ViewSonic has opted to go against the latest budget monitor trend, fitting a TN rather than IPS panel. The principle benefits of IPS panels are their greater colour accuracy and wider viewing angles while they tend to be kinder on the eyes over long periods too. Where TN panels excel is their response times and ViewSonic has maximised this with a 2ms grey to grey response time to combat motion blur in games and fast moving video.
Elsewhere ViewSonic quotes a 250 cd/m2 brightness (typical), meaningless 40,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1,000:1 typical) and 170 degree (H) by 160 degree (V) viewing angles. While monitors aren't the most environmentally friendly pieces of equipment, ViewSonic is doing its best to hug a few trees with mercury-free LED backlighting and a three phrase ECO mode that claims to save up to 40 per cent when compared to a regular 24in monitor.