Despite the growing number of LED back-lit LCDs for sale, traditional CCFL screens still have a slight price edge. Still, the gap is closing, with the latest ViewSonic VX2450wm screen. This screen is a 24in panel with an LED back-light. It features a full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, a 20 million to one dynamic (1000:1 typical) contrast ratio and a 5ms response time.
The matte screen means the colors are a little dull compared to glossy models, though still quite good. We had no problem with reflections even in very bright work environments with uncovered windows. Also, ViewSonic provides an excellent picture with deep blacks and no real light bleed. The viewing angles sometimes seemed a little off but were more than adequate for normal use.
The ViewSonic certainly looks the part, with smooth glossy black curves and stylish translucent surrounds. Despite the thin nature of the LED screen, the VX24 incorporates the PSU inside making it as thick as a CCFL LCD. While the screen does have a VESA mount, the extra thickness makes it less suitable for wall mounting.
However, it is somewhat old school with its connectivity options. There is no fancy HDMI or DisplayPort. It only has the basic VGA and DVI connections that keep its cost down, though it’s a bit of a pain if you want to use it with newer video cards or your console. The VX24 does include dual 2W speakers, though we can’t recommend them except in the most desperate of circumstances. The OSD is accessed through now standard touch controls and is quite responsive. You get the usual array of adjustments and those who like to tweak settings won’t be short of options.
ViewSonic is available on online shops for under $250.