ViewSonic VP2468 review: An affordable professional-grade 24-inch IPS monitor

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  • Editors' rating
    8.0 Excellent
  • $246.75

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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.

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ViewSonic's VP2468 24-inch Full HD monitor costs around £230 (inc. VAT).

Image: ViewSonic

Appearance

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.

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The VP2468 rotates, tilts and swivels, and moves vertically via a sliding mechanism.

Images: ViewSonic

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.

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Left: the VP2468's opening on-screen menu, with the function icons for the five user buttons aligned along the right edge of the display. Right: a closer view of the five user control buttons and the power switch hidden behind the right-hand side of the display.

Images: Terry Relph-Knight/ZDNet & ViewSonic

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.

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The VP2468 main on-screen menu. Here, as indicated by the change in the icons, there is a function change for the five user controls, compared to those shown in the previous screenshot.

Image: Terry Relph-Knight/ZDNet

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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.

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This rear view of the ViewSonic VP2468 shows the stand with its four-point VESA mount and the I/O ledge with downward-facing connections. The connector legends on our review sample are much less visible than those in this image.

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The display

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.

Calibration

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.

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The CS-XRi1 colorimeter and Colorbration software in use calibrating the VP2468.

Image: ViewSonic

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.

Conclusions

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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Specifications

General
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
Viewable Size 23.8"
Panel Type IPS
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Screen Coating Anti-glare, 3H Hard Coating
Horizontal Refresh Rate 15 - 90 kHz
Backlight Technology WLED
Vertical Refresh Rate 24 - 75 Hz
Connectivity
Interfaces 2 x HDMI
DisplayPort
Mini DisplayPort
DisplayPort output
Audio line-out
4 x USB 3.0 downstream (Type A)
USB 3.0 upstream (Type B)
Power Device
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 22 Watt
Miscellaneous
Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
Backlight Life 30,000 hours
Display
Image Brightness 250
Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Type LED-backlit LCD monitor
Chassis
Built-in Devices USB 3.0 hub
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Software / System Requirements
Included Software ViewSonic Wizard
Mechanical
Rotation Angle 90
Height Adjustment 5.1 in
Display Position Adjustments Height, pivot (rotation), swivel, tilt
Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
Tilt Angle -5/+21
Environmental Parameters
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
Width 21.2 in
Depth 8.5 in
Height 20.5 in
Weight 12.57 lbs
Header
Brand ViewSonic
Product Line ViewSonic
Model VP2468
Country Kits Americas
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility Mac, PC
Cable Details
Type Mini DisplayPort-DisplayPort cable, SuperSpeed USB cable
Included Qty 1
Software
Type ViewSonic Wizard
Service & Support
Type 3 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Service Included parts and labor
Full Contract Period 3 years
Type limited warranty
Dimensions & Weight Details
Width 21.2 in
Depth 1.9 in, 8.5 in
Height 12.2 in, 20.5 in
Weight 12.6 lbs, 7.1 lbs
TV Tuner
TV Tuner Presence No
Interfaces
Type DisplayPort, DisplayPort output, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0 downstream, USB 3.0 upstream, audio line-out

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