- Unobtrusive design
- Good video connectivity options
- Support for video daisy-chaining
- Built-in 4-port USB 3.0 hub
- 8-bit colour, 14-bit 3D LUT
- 5 gamma settings
- Internal power supply
- 60Hz refresh maximum
- No DisplayPort 1.3
ViewSonic's VP2468 24-inch Full HD monitor has an ultra-thin bezel, excellent colour consistency and a wide colour gamut, making it well suited to its intended uses as a display for photo editing, video editing or graphic design. For precise colour uniformity, each VP2468 is factory-calibrated to a Delta E of less than 2 and each display is provided with a three-page colour calibration report. Colour gamut is specified as better than 99 percent of sRGB. The VP2468 retails at around £230 (inc. VAT) and has a three-year limited warranty.
One of the first things you notice about the ViewSonic VP2468 is its visual minimalism. Apart from a 1mm lip from the rear casing, the matte surface of the anti-glare coating extends from edge to edge. Closer examination reveals a narrow border around the display area behind the anti-glare layer. Even so, in use the consistent, wide-gamut colours of the VP2468 -- coupled with the narrow black borders, lack of visible user controls and absence of a front power light -- result in a vivid and accurate image with no surrounding distractions. But despite the uniformity specifications, some colour difference is visible in the very corners when, for example, a full-screen mid-grey is displayed.
The VP2468 is also slightly unusual in having a built-in power supply with a three-pin IEC mains connector, rather than the common external power 'brick' found with many modern displays. It also has a four-point VESA mount. A square-based stand attaches to the mount and provides rotate, tilt, swivel and height adjustment through a vertical slide mechanism. The majority of the surfaces are of matte black plastic, while the stand vertical has a glossy mid-grey finish.
Controls and connections
The user controls are tucked away at the back, arranged vertically behind the right-hand edge, as a row of five rectangular buttons and one larger round power button. Clicking on any of the five buttons fires up the on-screen menu, plus function labels along the edge of the screen for the buttons. If the display is rotated into portrait orientation, the on-screen menu also rotates. Auto image rotation is supported when used with suitable software and graphics card.
The menu offers Preset Color Mode, Contrast/Brightness, Input Select, Main Menu and Exit, these legends and icons corresponding top to bottom to the five buttons. When this menu is on-screen and any button other than Exit is pressed the five buttons become navigation and selection buttons. The precise function of each button varies a little depending on the menu selected.
There's no power indicator on the front of the display, but the round power button on the back glows orange when the display is switched on and in standby, and blue when there's an image on-screen.
Connections to the display are concealed by a ledge that runs along the back of the VP2468 below the VESA mount. Connector functions are labelled by small and very faint grey symbols printed on the casing above the ledge. From left to right these are; mains power, HDMI (2), DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, DisplayPort-out (all DisplayPort 1.2), audio out plus a USB input and four outputs for the built-in USB 3.0 hub. The in and outs for the video connectors allow for daisy-chaining multiple displays. Coupled with the narrow display borders, this makes the VP2468 a good choice for tiling in a multi-display setup.
The panel used in the VP2468 is an LG Display LM238WF4-SSA1 AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) LCD with a WLED backlight. Compared to other LCD panel technologies, AH-IPS panels offer wide viewing angles and consistent wide-gamut colour. ViewSonic refers to its use of such panels as SuperClear.
Actual display size with this display is 23.8-inch viewable diagonal, or 527mm(H) by 296mm(V). Viewing angles are 178 degrees inclusive, horizontal and vertical, while the specified response time is 5 milliseconds grey to grey. The display's native resolution is 1,920 by 1,080 with a 60Hz refresh rate. Colour depth is 8-bit, but with an internal 14-bit LUT.
In addition to the factory calibration of the VP2468 for levels of uniformity across the display area of better than 2 Delta E, the on-screen menu offers nine preset colour spaces, including sRGB, EBU, SMPTE-C, REC709, DICOM-SIM and Native, plus three user settings -- CAL1, CAL2 and CAL3.
ViewSonic offers a calibration system for all of its VP-series professional monitors, called the Colorbration Kit. This is based on X-Rite's next-generation colorimeter, the CS-XRi1, which has been specifically designed for modern LCD display technologies including CCFL, White LED, RGB LED, and Wide Gamut display technologies. It uses a completely new optical system, filter technology and calibration architecture. The Colorbration software runs on Windows and Apple OS X, but the VP2468 can equally well be calibrated and profiled for Linux-based systems using the open-source DisplayCal and the Argyll Colour Management System.
Sensibly, the on-screen menus of the VP2468 are set up to a default position off to the right hand side of the display, well out of the way of the centre, where most calibration systems display their colour patches.
The computer display market is going through a period of rapid change, with new technologies that offer higher performance such as OLED displays battling it out with enhancement technologies to established LCD panels, such as quantum dot layers. The ViewSonic VP2468 offers neither of these, but with its AH-IPS panel and WLED backlight, it still manages to deliver creditable managed colour performance at a reasonable price.
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|Dimensions (WxDxH)||21.2 in x 8.5 in x 20.5 in - with stand|
|Display Type||LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix|
|Aspect Ratio||Widescreen - 16:9|
|Native Resolution||Full HD (1080p) 1920 x 1080|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 / 20000000:1 (dynamic)|
|Color Support||16.7 million colors|
|Horizontal Viewing Angle||178|
|Vertical Viewing Angle||178|
|Screen Coating||Anti-glare, 3H Hard Coating|
|Horizontal Refresh Rate||15 - 90 kHz|
|Vertical Refresh Rate||24 - 75 Hz|
2 x HDMI
4 x USB 3.0 downstream (Type A)
USB 3.0 upstream (Type B)
|Nominal Voltage||AC 120/230 V|
|Frequency Required||50/60 Hz|
|Power Consumption Operational||22 Watt|
|Flat Panel Mount Interface||100 x 100 mm|
|Backlight Life||30,000 hours|
|Image Contrast Ratio||1000:1|
|Type||LED-backlit LCD monitor|
|Built-in Devices||USB 3.0 hub|
|ENERGY STAR Certified||Yes|
|Software / System Requirements|
|Included Software||ViewSonic Wizard|
|Height Adjustment||5.1 in|
|Display Position Adjustments||Height, pivot (rotation), swivel, tilt|
|Flat Panel Mount Interface||100 x 100 mm|
|Min Operating Temperature||32 °F|
|Max Operating Temperature||104 °F|
|Humidity Range Operating||20 - 90% (non-condensing)|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Dimensions & Weight Details||
Without stand - width: 21.2 in - depth: 1.9 in - height: 12.2 in - weight: 7.1 lbs
With stand - width: 21.2 in - depth: 8.5 in - height: 20.5 in - weight: 12.6 lbs
|Type||Mini DisplayPort-DisplayPort cable, SuperSpeed USB cable|
|Service & Support|
|Type||3 years warranty|
|Service & Support Details|
|Service Included||parts and labor|
|Full Contract Period||3 years|
|Dimensions & Weight Details|
|Depth||1.9 in, 8.5 in|
|Height||12.2 in, 20.5 in|
|Weight||12.6 lbs, 7.1 lbs|
|TV Tuner Presence||No|
|Type||DisplayPort, DisplayPort output, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0 downstream, USB 3.0 upstream, audio line-out|