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ViewSonic VX2433wm

At a Glance
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    Macworld Rating

The ViewSonic VX2433wm is a widescreen, 24-inch LCD monitor made with multimedia in mind. With its HDMI input, fast 2ms pixel response time, built-in speakers, and sub-$300 price tag, the VX2433wm looks great on paper. Unfortunately, its fuzzy text and mediocre viewing angle keep it from looking as good when its sitting on your desk.

ViewSonic VX2433wm

The matte-screened VX2433wm has a shiny black plastic bezel and stand. It offers no height adjustment, can’t swivel, and lacks the ability to pivot--you can, however, tilt the display forward a back a little. The display offers three different inputs: HDMI, DVI and VGA (picture in picture is not supported). We used the DVI connection to connect to our 2.66GHz Mac Pro and the display automatically started up in its correct, native 1,920 by 1,080 resolution.

Jury tests

Viewing Angle Good
Color Fidelity Good
Text Legibility Fair

Scale = Superior, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor

How we tested: We connected the display to a 2.66GHz Mac Pro. We note the performance of the display at its default, out-of-the-box settings and then calibrate it to 6500K and a gamma of 2.2 using an Eye-One Display II or a bundled colorimeter, if provided. A panel of Macworld editors viewed a number of on-screen test images and rated each display as either Superior, Very Good, Good, Fair, or Poor in regards to color, text, and viewing angle performance as compared to a sampling of similar displays.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith

At its default settings the VX2433wm was overly bright, blowing out lighter images on the screen and making blacks look more like dark gray. I got the display to look better by cranking up the contrast a bit and reducing the brightness down from its 100 percent default setting to about 75 percent. The buttons are hidden on the side of the display, which give it a clean look, but makes it difficult to use the menus.

Once the display was looking its best, it still only managed a Fair text legibility score, showing somewhat soft and blurry text when compared to other 24-inch monitors we’ve tested. The display’s viewing angle also received middling scores, with a pronounced color shift when moving your head from right to left of center when looking at the screen. The built-in speakers were of mediocre quality; in fact, the speakers on my MacBook Pro sound better.

Specifications

size (in inches) 23.6 inches
native resolution 1920 x 1080
connections Dvi, HDMI, VGA
horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
brightness 300 cd/m2
response time (in milliseconds) 2 ms
contrast ratio 1000:1
dimensions(Height x depth x width, in inches) 16.5 × 9.1 x 22.5
Speakers Yes
Warranty 3 years

Macworld's buying advice

Those looking for an inexpensive 24-inch LCD display may be tempted by the ViewSonic VX2433wm’s sub-$300 price and impressive specifications. But with tinny sounding speakers, less than sharp text and pronounced color shifts when viewing the screen off-angle, the VX2433wm will suit only the easiest to please.

 

[James Galbraith is Macworld’s lab director. Photo by Peter Belanger.]

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Pros

    • Inexpensive
    • Multiple connection options

    Cons

    • Fuzzy text
    • Limited viewing angle
    • No USB hub
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