ViewSonic VP2468

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ViewSonic VP2468 – Is this really a pro panel for a puny price?

Four hundred bucks. That’s all you need to stump up for a 24-inch, full HD, IPS, multi-input, fully-adjustable PC monitor.

If that’s the new norm, it’s also the highly competitive context in which the VP2468 must strut its stuff. The good news is that its feature set does indeed go a little beyond that norm. For the record, it begins with the aforementioned IPS panel and its 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Inevitably at this price point, it’s almost certainly a 6-bit-per-channel panel in hardware terms, and uses dithering to achieve the claimed 16.7 million colors.ViewSonic VP2468

However, the VP2468 also supports 14-bit 3D look-up tables, plus six-axis color adjustment functionality. Both are a little unusual for this class of display, and elevate the VP2468’s utility beyond the budget-monitor masses. Its static contrast, meanwhile, is rated at 1,000:1, the maximum refresh at native resolution is 60Hz, the backlight is a simple white LED affair, and max brightness is 250cd/ m2. ViewSonic has also thrown in a decent array of input options, including two HDMI inputs, both full and mini DisplayPort connectors and a DisplayPort-out for daisy chaining. Nice.

But if there’s anything that really makes the VP2468 stand out visually, it’s the bezels. There are numerous affordable monitors with slim bezels on three sides, but the VP2468 ups the ante to all four.

The result is a pleasingly minimalist design, and one that looks conspicuously compact for a 24-inch panel. The fully adjustable stand with swivel, rotate, tilt and height tweak-ability is a welcome inclusion, too.

All of which just leaves the minor matter of how this display performs. The VP2468 is pitched as a cheap solution for professional applications, and with that in mind, each panel comes factory calibrated, complete with a printout of the results, and a promise that all color deltas are below two. The upshot is a nicely set-up display, with excellent detail in both black and white scales.

As you’d expect from an IPS display, the viewing angles are excellent, too.

Another plus point concerns the two-tier OSD menu. With both a simple menu for frequently used settings and a fuller option that includes more settings, it’s extremely pleasant to use. The only obvious omission is an option for adjusting the pixel overdrive. That brings us to the first of the image quality issues. The pixel response is mediocre. Worse, there is occasionally some fairly obvious inverse ghosting with certain colors and shapes. The likely fact that this is a cheap 6-bit IPS panel is all too obvious when viewing color gradients. The tell-tale banding is, sadly, clearly evident.

We’re not crazy about the contrast, vibrancy and colors, either. We had a 4K TN monitor running in parallel during our review process, and it had this ViewSonic comprehensively beaten for subjective contrast and color vibrancy. The comparison also highlighted a lack of punch from the backlight, and a slight dirtiness to the quality of the white tones.

Of course, this is an affordable screen, it has a strong feature set, and its shortcomings are largely generic. Cheap 6-bit IPS panels aren’t pretty. We advise throwing a few more dollars at your display to get yourself something better.

Jeremy Laird

Verdict

Strong feature set, slick slim-bezel design, affordable option for graphics pros, but not ideal for most.

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ViewSonic VP2468

Strong feature set, slick slim-bezel design, affordable option for graphics pros, but not ideal for most.

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