The ViewSonic VG2436wm-LED is a 23.6in monitor from the value display brand, equipped with a pivoting stand

Lately we’ve seen a number of LCD panels that have reached out and grabbed our attention in the most forcible fashion. This new 24in screen from ViewSonic seldom comes near to doing that.

What it does, though, is to give us a nice run-down of much that’s safe and pleasing in the current world of LCDs.

For a start, there’s the LED lighting technology. This may be nearly ubiquitous now, but it allows for such a slender screen that it’s easy to appreciate.

The ViewSonic VG2436wm-LED isn’t quite the thinnest screen we’ve seen, but it’s still attractively slimline, and its sober styling and smart dark coat adds to a professional tone.

The stand is height adjustable and can be tilted. And there’s a new showing for an old friend – a pivot. The screen can be spun round to portrait mode so that you have more lines running down the screen. This is particularly effective for working with text or browsing some web pages.

Annoyingly though, you don’t get software support in the box, and the screen doesn’t automatically adjust as you pivot, so you’ll have to manually alter the image in your PC’s settings.

This slightly spoils the experience of the pivot, and may result in some customers not using it as frequently as they might.

We’re also slightly surprised to find that a screen that prides itself on its full-HD support comes without an HDMI port – although DVI will cover most digital video needs.

The control panel is a model of simplicity. Clear and well laid out, you can quickly navigate the solid selection of menus using the up and down buttons.

Two other buttons cover exit and select. This is a very simple system that puts to shame the far more complicated OSD controls of other screens.

We could ask for a few more functions though, and the ability to at least change the colour mode at the press of a button is something we’d welcome. There is an 'eco mode', but this aside, the ViewSonic VG2436wm-LED doesn’t have many special features.

The specifications are quite adequate. The 1000:1 contrast ratio is standard – as is the ability to push it up to a silly figure quoted by the manufacturer (20,000:1 in this case).

As ever, the effect of ‘enhancing’ the contrast ratio creates some interesting effects if employed sparingly, although it can cause a few defects if you keep it pushed to the maximum in general use.

The ViewSonic VG2436wm-LED, then, doesn’t care to be too showy. However, image quality itself is very decent, with vivid colours and good attention to detail.

Text is clear, and we had no problems working with this screen for a lengthy period.

Sadly it’s still a TN (twisted nematic) panel, which means that you get quite poor viewing angles, although the ViewSonic VG2436wm-LED is no worse than your typical TN-panel screen in this regard.

Response rate is given as 5ms, which should allow for smooth gaming.

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ViewSonic VG2436wm-LED: Specs

  • 23.6in LCD display
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • LED edgelight
  • 0.2715mm pixel pitch
  • 5ms response time
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • 170/160 degree viewing angle
  • 300cd/m2 brightness
  • D-Sub, DVI connectors
  • 566 x 239 x 434mm
  • 5.4kg
  • 3-year warranty
  • 23.6in LCD display
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • LED edgelight
  • 0.2715mm pixel pitch
  • 5ms response time
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • 170/160 degree viewing angle
  • 300cd/m2 brightness
  • D-Sub, DVI connectors
  • 566 x 239 x 434mm
  • 5.4kg
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The pivot hasn’t been as well-executed as we would have liked, and there’s no HDMI. Overall though, the price of the ViewSonic VG2436wm-LED is very satisfactory given the image quality and large 24in screen size. The ViewSonic VG2436wm-LED is a very competent screen – it just lacks the final killer features needed to elevate it to a can't-miss buy.

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