Review Price £159.00
As is standard with 24in monitors these days, ViewSonic has gone with a 1920 x 1080 Full HD native resolution, and the VX2460h-LED is powered by the company's 'ClearMotiv II' imaging technology. Meanwhile the panel itself has an anti-glare hard coating to make it more useable in direct sunlight or under strong room lighting. This latter aspect works particularly well. Light on the screen from any angle causes no problem and this makes the VX2460h highly flexible letting you position it where is most convenient rather than where it is left in shadow.
Undoing some of this good work is the piano back panel which creates glare in almost any situation and is so shiny as to produce a mirror effect where you can see your hands typing in the bottom of the bezel. If ViewSonic realises the need for an anti-glare screen it should've also spotted the need for a similarly matt bezel.
On the flip side, for a TN panel, viewing angles are excellent holding both colour and contrast at any realistically feasible working position. It is also easy on the eyes with even, consistent colour reproduction. The results are not as good as an IPS panel, but a huge improvement for anyone with an older TN monitor looking for a reasonably priced upgrade. Furthermore the onscreen menus are simple to use with a plethora of adjustment options. We are also impressed with the Eco saving modes and found its 'Optimize' middle ground setting best for web surfing and reading.
Of course the reason for choosing a TN panel in the first place is its faster response times and we have no reason to doubt ViewSonic's 2ms claim as we couldn't get the VX2460h to falter with video or gaming. This will make the monitor very attractive to gamers in particular, though again keyboard and mouse warriors will find the shake transmitted to the screen from button bashing outdoes this good work.
All of which leads us to price. At £159 with a three year warranty the VX2460h isn't expensive and while we think IPS panels, notably the £150 AOC i2353Fh, offer superior performance in day to day desktop activities that isn't what response time aficionados want. The trouble is for all the good work ViewSonic has done with the panel it has compromised them with the reflective bezel, poor stand and love/hate styling. Ultimately fashion has a victim as a little more girth would've no doubt brought down the price and produced a more solid design with reduced bezel. ViewSonic got the hard part right, but forgot the basics.
The ViewSonic VX2460h-LED won't win many fans from the front, but its 6.8mm depth will drop jaws from the side. Performance is good with even, consistent colour reproduction and the quick response time with appeal to gamers. Against this is the fact it costs more than many budget IPS panels which lift colour and viewing angles to another level. ViewSonic has also made fundamental errors in the design with a reflective, mirror-like finish to the wide bezel and a weak stand which allows the screen to wobble - especially around heavy typists. There is substance to the VX2460h, but it is ultimately undone through its obsession with style.
Scores In Detail
- Image Quality