Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED
Rating: 8 out of 10
Price: $289 Contact: Viewsonic Phone: 02 9906 6277
Web: www.viewsonic.com.au

VERDICT: Very low power monitor but with decent brightness. Lacks HDMI input.

The new VX2450wm-LED from Viewsonic is one of the growing breed of LED-backlit monitors aiming to deliver bucketloads of contrast compared with the cheaper CCFL (cold-cathode fluorescent lamp) monitors.

In fact, Viewsonic goes as far to claim a 10M:1 dynamic contrast ratio (DCR) although it ‘fesses up that the actual real contrast is typically 1000:1. While the LG Flatron W2486L we’ve also looked at this week came with HDMI input, this one doesn’t – you just get VGA and DVI-D inputs.

It features a 1920×1080-pixel twisted-nematic LCD panel, so the vertical viewing angles aren’t fantastic.In fact, go much below horizontal and the image quickly begins to invert.

Compared with LG’s W2486L, we thought this one appeared brighter – that emerged in the specs too with a brightness rating of 300cd/m2. It’s also slightly slower with a 5ms response time.

What’s impressive is that Viewsonic achieves this with even less power than LG – at 100% brightness, the VX2450wm-LED consumes just 21.8-watts. At 70% brightness, it drops to 18.5-watts, which is pretty impressive when you remember this is a 24-inch widescreen LCD panel.

If you’re looking for a large-screen panel to run off solar panels or as a low-power system, this is about as good as we’ve seen so far.

One good feature is the support for sRGB colour settings, which gave us the best results on HD movie playback. Other colour temp settings results in colour crushing but the sRGB mode gave pretty reasonable results. What’s also good is the price – at $289 on the street, its $90 cheaper than the LG. The lack of HDMI here is the only major drawback.



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