The ViewSonic VG2427wm, a 24in widescreen LCD monitor, performed well in our image quality tests.

Text on a page of fonts of different sizes looked sharp on the ViewSonic VG2427wm, even when at a very small (6-point) size.

The ViewSonic VG2427wm also did a fairly good job of rendering colour, though in one photo - a picnic scene with various red, green, and blue hues, we found the colour to be slightly dull in comparison to the way other screens rendered it.

In our motion tests, the ViewSonic VG2427wm stumbled a bit, displaying some just-detectable jittering of our test image. Although the jittering was slight, it was noticeable enough that active gamers might find it distracting.

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The ViewSonic VG2427wm's 1920-by-1080-pixel native resolution theoretically makes it 1080p-ready, and well-suited for HD content. Unfortunately, the display lacks an HDMI input, offering only DVI and VGA ports.

ViewSonic says that it intends the monitor for corporate and office use; but to take full advantage of its resolution, an HDMI input would seem to be a necessary feature. The ViewSonic VG2427wm does include three USB ports at the rear.

Four buttons on the bottom of the front bezel control the on-screen display (OSD). The power button lies at the center of the cluster of buttons, which unfortunately increases the likelihood that you'll press it by accident while aiming for the button for cycling through the OSD's menus.

The ViewSonic VG2427wm tilts and swivels with ease. It also has a height adjustment, which works smoothly as well. Its bezel has a pleasant, charcoal-black finish.

The VG ViewSonic VG2427wm is quite reasonably priced for a 24in widescreen in today's monitor marketplace.

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ViewSonic VG2427wm: Specs

  • 23.6in wide colour TFT Active Matrix LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 1920x1080
  • 300 cd/m2
  • 1000:1, 20000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • Viewing Angles: 170 (H), 160 (V) at 10:1 c/r, 170o (H), 170 (V) at 5:1 c/r
  • 5ms response time
  • 0.2715mmx0.2715mm pixel pitch
  • Anti-Glare
  • RGB Analog, DVI-D, H/V Separated, Fh 22-82kHz, Fv 50-75Hz
  • 15 pin mini D-sub, DVI-D, 3.5mm Audio in
  • built-in power adaptor, 3-pin plug
  • USB: 2.0 x2
  • 2x 2 Watt speakers
  • 564x442x250mm
  • 7kg
  • 23.6in wide colour TFT Active Matrix LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 1920x1080
  • 300 cd/m2
  • 1000:1, 20000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • Viewing Angles: 170 (H), 160 (V) at 10:1 c/r, 170o (H), 170 (V) at 5:1 c/r
  • 5ms response time
  • 0.2715mmx0.2715mm pixel pitch
  • Anti-Glare
  • RGB Analog, DVI-D, H/V Separated, Fh 22-82kHz, Fv 50-75Hz
  • 15 pin mini D-sub, DVI-D, 3.5mm Audio in
  • built-in power adaptor, 3-pin plug
  • USB: 2.0 x2
  • 2x 2 Watt speakers
  • 564x442x250mm
  • 7kg

OUR VERDICT

The ViewSonic VG2427wm would make a good choice for users who need a big screen for text-intensive work, but the less-than-totally-smooth video playback and the lack of an HDMI - in port may disappoint for gamers and movie watchers.

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