ViewSonic VX2452mh 24-in. Gaming Monitor

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Provided By: ViewSonic
Price: ~$169.99 Online at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Today we are taking a look at a ViewSonic LCD that is geared for gamers. While we haven’t reviewed a lot of ViewSonic products in the past, I’m happy to say that their face could become more regular here around BCCHardware as they are pushing hard to get their name out there in the mainstream consumer space. The unit we have on the bench today is the VX2452mh and is a 24-inch Full-HD LED-Backlit display that doesn’t include a ton of bells and whistles in terms of pivoting, height-adjustment and things like that. Instead they offer a decent panel that has a nice fine pixel count and has multiple inputs as well as speakers for your console gaming needs.

This LCD has DVI, VGA and an HDMI connection that allows you to hook up multiple products at once – and gives you some connectivity flexibility. During our review, we plugged in an Xbox 360 as well as laptop via the VGA connection and finally a desktop via the DVI connection and had a nice three-way “V” (think KVM without the keyboard and mouse). With a 2ms response time from grey-to-grey it claims a lot of promise. We’ll see how that shapes up as we continue.

Box

ViewSonic does a few things other than computer LCDs, but their primary business is displays – either through LCDs, digital signage or projectors. The unit we are looking at today sits in the middle of their gaming lineup and there are a couple cheaper options and a few more expensive options to choose from. While this isn’t claiming to be “professional grade” for photo editing as it doesn’t have a ridiculous color gamut, it also isn’t ridiculously expensive either. It shows promise for the price.

 

First Impressions:

I was pleased to see that ViewSonic included both a DVI and a VGA cable in addition to the standard 1/8-inch audio cable in the box. They didn’t include an HDMI cable, but if you’ve got an Xbox already – you’ve probably already got an extra one laying around. If they did include one however, this would be a pretty all-inclusive bundle, but as it stands, if you are going to be using this in a dorm room or your office for all your display needs, you may need to go get an additional cable for the monitor.

Bundle

As you can see in the images below, there are no surprises with the build of this LCD and it has a nice clean finish and a fairly thick bezel. If you are trying to use this display for an Eyefinity setup, the thick bezel may be a turn off. For all other purposes, this works fine and the clear accents below the screen give it some class – without looking too tacky.

Front LCD Rear LCD

 

The back of the unit is equally clean and tidy. You will notice that there are whole in the unit for VESA mounting it to a stand. This is pretty standard.

On next page we’ll take a close look and they cover some of the features and specifications.


Closer Look:

As we continue our visual inspection of the VX2452mh, we take a look around the back and see the number of inputs. As I already mentioned, there are three, so there won’t be any surprises there. On the left side of the display (when facing it from the front), there are the HDMI, DVI and VGA ports as mentioned. On the other side at the rear is the standard power connector as well as line-in and line-out. This is handy if you are using HDMI from a console of Blu-Ray player as you will be able to plug in a pair of headphones and keep your room-mates happy if they go to sleep before you finish your latest match.

Closer Rear Close Rear 2

 

Brand & Bezel Menu Buttons

 

The stand on this display does not allow for height adjustment, but thankfully it does allow for pivot. We’ve taken a couple of images and posted them below so you get a sense of how far this display will pivot back. It doesn’t pivot any further forward than a vertical plane, so make sure to have it located level with your eyes to reduce stress on your neck.

 

Pivot Rear Pivot Front

 

The overall look of this display is pretty generic. It has a decent finish, but nothing really stands out as unique or ultra-high-quality. It doesn’t appear to be that cheap either, but in terms of curb appeal, there is nothing that makes you go “wow”.


Features:

The following information has been pulled from the ViewSonic product page and posted here for your convenience. As always, make sure to check out the manufacturers’ site for the latest information. We’ve merely clipped a few of the interesting points and posted them below for your convenience.

ViewSonic’s VX2452mh is a 24" (23.6" viewable) Full HD, glossy-finish display that offers the ultimate visual experience for gaming and multimedia entertainment. The VX2452mh features ClearMotivII technology that delivers 2ms ultra-fast response time for blur-free images during extreme gaming, and an ultra-high 50M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio for sharp, crisp color performance for enjoying movies. Integrated D-sub, DVI and HDMI inputs provide flexible connectivity for high-definition multimedia devices and gaming consoles, and dual built-in 2-watt stereo speakers complete the package for multimedia enjoyment. With a VESA-mountable design, the VX2452mhoffers flexible mounting options for any of your gaming and video entertainment needs. A 3-year limited warranty and the industry’s best pixel performance policy make the VX2452mh a great long-term investment.

 

Key Features:
  • ClearMotiv II delivers ultra-fast 2ms response time for blur-free gaming and entertainment
  • Full HD 1080p resolution shows multimedia content in greater detail
  • Ultra-high 50M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio delivers sharp, crisp images
  • Proprietary Game Mode provides enhanced visibility and detail in dark scenes for ultimate gaming experience
  • Versatile connectivity with VGA, DVI, and HDMI
  • VESA-mountable design for flexible placement

 

Blazing-fast Response Time for Blur-free Action
ViewSonic’s exclusive ClearMotiv II imaging technology delivers ultra-fast 2 millisecond liquid crystal response times, creating smooth images without streaking, blurring or ghosting. This blazing-fast response time is perfect for the most graphic-intense gaming needs, and just as great for watching sports or action movies. Enjoy blur-free digital broadcasts and full-motion graphics.
 
Stunning Resolution and Clarity
The VX52 series of displays feature Full HD 1920x1080 resolution for unbelievable pixel-by-pixel image performance. You’ll experience the most amazing clarity and detail whether it be while gaming or enjoying the latest in multimedia entertainment.
 
Game Mode
ViewSonic’s Game Mode provides heightened visibility and detail by brightening dark scenes. Dominate the competition with enhanced visibility, even in the darkest scenes of a video game. With just the press of a button*, ViewSonic’s Game Mode delivers superior color performance for the ultimate gaming experience.
 
MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio for Sharp, Crisp Images
A superior dynamic contrast ratio of 50M:1 better defines the relationship between the darkest and brightest colors, ensuring all displayed images are rich and detailed.
 
Flexible HDMI Connectivity
HDMI is the highest, future-proof video standard, guaranteed for true digital picture clarity. The HDMI interface on the VX2452mhallows you to connect to a variety of HD devices including gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, laptop PCs, digital cameras, and many others for the ultimate true high-definition experience.
 
ENERGY STAR Certified and Mercury-free LED Backlighting
LED backlighting enhances display performance, delivers an outstanding color range, and adjusts contrast ratios for remarkably detailed images. The LED backlighting further conserves up to 25%* more energy when compared to conventional displays. In addition, a slim, lightweight profile saves desktop space.
 
Eco-mode Conserves More Energy
ViewSonic’s proprietary Eco-mode function comes standard with the VX2452mh display. It offers 85% and 75% “Optimize” and “Conserve” modes based on the users’ working scenarios. Both modes reduce display brightness and conserve energy by up to 25%*. In low ambient lighting, this function adjusts brightness to improve visibility and reduce eye fatigue. Eco-mode prolongs the monitor’s lamp life, improving your return on investment.
 
Dual Integrated 2W Speakers
The VX2452mh has two integrated speakers for enhanced multimedia performance with crystal-clear stereo sound.
 
VESA-mountable Design
The VX2452mh features a 100 x 100mm VESA-mountable design that allows you to mount the display on a monitor stand or on a wall, depending on your specific needs. You can easily detach the base by unscrewing four screws and then mounting the display on its new stand or wall mount.
 
Industry-leading Pixel Performance Guarantee and 3-Year Limited Warranty
ViewSonic Pixel Guarantee: 2 Bright, 2 Dark, 3 Total
One of the aspects that makes ViewSonic a market leader in displays is its dedication to quality. ViewSonic is committed to using the highest grade panels and offers the industry's leading pixel performance policy. We also back our displays with a 3-year limited warranty for your peace of mind.

 

Specifications:

Specs

 

On the next page we’ll cover our test setup and testing methodology before we jump right into testing.


A Word About Testing:

In everything we try to be fair, accurate and as objective as possible when it comes to testing hardware. In the past, LCD reviews were done completely subjectively, but we have purchased some equipment that takes some of this out of the equation. Take a look at our LCD Testing methodology over here to get a better idea of how we test LCDs.

We won't spend much time in the menu; it is pretty standard although a little stripped down in terms of contrast, color adjustments and the like. The only real setting in the menu that will help you tweak your screen is the "Brightness" and "Contrast" control. We've also recently updated our Datacolor Spyder software and this gives us even more options for precision testing.

 

Color Accuracy:

We started this off once again by breaking out the LCD Spyder (new DataColor Spyder HD - review to come) and found out how well this unit comes setup from the factory. This test is designed to find out how well the display produces accurate color. We did this using an HDMI connection and reset the monitor to defaults (no dynamic contrast, game mode off) before we started.

Uncalibrated

Uncalibrated

Target + Calibrated

Target + Calibrated

Target + Correction

Target + Correction

As you can see in the images above, the color accuracy needed a bit of correction. The image that shows "Target-Correction" shows that the curves had to be tweaked a bit in order to keep the target curve nice and smooth. This adjustment was made quickly and easily however and the calibrated settings look much “warmer" and the skin tones are balanced much better than what comes factory default. The defaults had a blue hue that you really didn’t notice until you compared the two.

Color Accuracy

 

Color Uniformity - New!

In this section we cover the color uniformity of the display by using the updated Spyder HD from Datacolor. This takes different color readings (blue, green, red, etc) from different areas of the screen at different brightness levels and shows how uniform the color is at different parts of the screen at different brightness levels. This is the first time we’ve ran this test on a review product, so I don’t have any reference data. This is here to show how uniform and accurate the color stays at different parts of the screen.

Color Uniformity @ 50%
Color Uniformity @ 50%

Color Uniformity @ 67%
Color Uniformity @ 67%

   

Color Uniformity @ 83%
Color Uniformity @ 83%

Color Uniformity @ 100%
Color Uniformity @ 100%


Contrast Ratio & Uniformity:

With the display now showing “perfect” color and brightness, we continue on to take our contrast readings. We used our luminance meter for our traditional contrast readings as indicated below.

 Black Spot
White Spot
Contrast Ratio
0.25 221.6 886.4

 

I realize that the maximum luminance could have been a bit higher, but when we test LCDs we make sure that they are calibrated properly and then give you the results that you will see when using them - not the maximum "theoretical" numbers.  After we finished with our luminance meter, we also used the Datacolor Spyder with the latest software update to perform contrast readings as various brightness levels.

Contrast Ratio Scale

 

We used the updated Spyder software to get a lighting uniformity reading at different brightness levels. The software and hardware combination takes readings at different brightness levels at different places on the screen to blend together results. It's interesting to see how different brightness levels on the monitor yield much different uniformity results. Please note the uniformity and brightness levels below.

Luminance Uniformity @ 50%
Luminance Uniformity @ 50%

Luminance Uniformity @ 67%
Luminance Uniformity @ 67%

   

Luminance Uniformity @ 83%
Luminance Uniformity @ 83%

Luminance Uniformity @ 100%
Luminance Uniformity @ 100%

 

As you can see the backlight drops off in certain areas of the display, and dips as low as 77% of the brightest point.  That is a little bit more than we’d like to see on any display and while you don’t notice it when using desktop applications that much, there are times when gaming that I couldn’t see all the details in the shadows that I knew where there. Once I enabled “Game Mode” it brightened up the display, but that doesn’t change the uniformity as you can see in the image above with the brightness set at 100%. That being said, you don't notice that much difference with your eyes. While some edges do seem to not be as bright, it's not widely noticeable. Still, it measures 23%.
On the last page we'll cover some real-world applications and see how it holds up playing movies as well as day-to-day tasks before we wrap things up.

Performance - Text::

The majority of my use and is text and internet browsing and I used the VX2452mh in this regard as a primary display on a gaming PC for several weeks and was pleased with the overall text quality.  The resolution on this 24-inch unit is 1920x1080, which is pretty standard in this space. The text is large enough on this display, and it fits nice in any desktop environment.

 

Performance - Video/Photo:

I didn't have much time to watch movies, but I did make sure to watch some HD movies on the ViewSonic display. The upside to having a full 1080p display and not something higher is that movies look very good on the display and they don’t have to upscale. When calibrated correctly, the movies were sharp and looked natural - not like some super vivid TVs that make everything look ultra-realistic to the point of fake.  Blu-Ray movies looked great as did every other type of video content. If it looked bad, I could only blame it on the quality of the source - the display performed flawlessly.  When it comes to working with photos, once the display is calibrated properly, it is decent but you do notice color and luminance uniformity issues. It's decent, but it isn’t a professional display – nor does it cost $500.

 

Performance - Gaming:

I'm spoiled when it comes to gaming on LCD displays. I currently use a 30" Samsung 305T or an ASUS 120Hz 3D Monitor and am used to having things run like butter. Thankfully the ViewSonic VX2452mh can deliver a very good gaming experience. The 2ms GtG rating is plenty fast and I never noticed any "ghosting" on this unit as I do on my 305T. The ClearMotivII works well and delivers a blur-free gaming experience.

With the screen was completely calibrated for color and brightness, gaming was pretty enjoyable. The calibrated display worked very well and screen made every game look good. As I previously mentioned, when playing some Far Cry 2, there were dark areas that we harder to see because of the uneven lighting, but if I hit “Game Mode” it did brighten everything up – but still the dark areas weren’t as bright as the other areas of the display. Both Xbox and PC gaming was an absolute pleasure on this display.

 

Conclusion:

The ViewSonic VX2452mh is a decent monitor that comes in at a great price point. You can currently find it online for around $150. At that price, it's a very attractive display. When you combine the fact that it supports HDMI, DVI and VGA, it becomes a bit more attractive. It also has a pair of small speakers so that it can double as your console screen – all the while staying connected to your PC.

The build quality of the bezel and overall appearance is decent but not groundbreaking. The stand allows for pivoting forward or backward, but the display has no “portrait” mode and is not height adjustable. While portrait mode is not a big deal on a gaming LCD, the lack of height adjustment is a bit of a let-down. I use a desk that has an elevated area for my monitor and as such, I often have to lower the display in order to keep my eyes even with the screen. Thankfully the VX2452mh is about the right height for my desk setup and it works out. It sits behind my laptop and the display clears my laptop screen so I can use dual-screens for a bulk of my work here at BCCHardware – all the while it says connected to my Xbox as well as my other test/gaming system.

This is a “gaming” and an “entertainment” LCD. It does work well for watching videos and for gaming. Even though it isn't 120Hz or better, it has very fluid movement and doesn't ghost or lag at all. I was very impressed with it for gaming - both on the PC as well as on the Xbox 360. Video and motion work very well as your eyes are constantly moving over the screen.

 

Pros:

  • Attractive design
  • Three Inputs
  • No "ghosting" in video games or movies

 

Cons:

  • No height adjustment
  • Color and Luminance uniformity are weak
  • 23% Variation in brightness uniformity

 

Silver

 

I'd like to thank ViewSonic for sending us this display for the review. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in the forum at the link below.