At just 6.8mm thick, ViewSonic's ultra-slim VX2460H-LED offers a sleek alternative to many of the chunky generic-looking displays on the market.

As its name would suggest, the ViewSonic VX2460H-LED is a 24in model (23.6in visible), sporting a space and energy-saving LED backlight which is key to making the display so thin. The display is mounted on small tilting stand which is finished in a smart silver colour and, thanks to the lightweight panel, is rather more elegantly proportioned than the rather clumsy-looking lumps required to support a heavier display. However it looks better than it feels, being made of a plastic which feels much cheaper than the metal it pretends to be. See also: Group test: What's the best flat-panel display?

While the ViewSonic VX2460H-LED's display is certainly very thin, the bezel surrounding the panel is really rather thick, so this isn't a display for a multi-screen gaming setup. The bezel is finished in a glossy black with silver trim, but the screen itself comes with a matt surface which cuts down on unwanted reflections, making for easier viewing.

To the rear, a standard VGA port is complemented by a pair of HDMI inputs which is great if you want to plug in a PC and a Blu-ray player or gaming console simultaneously. You will need an adapter if you want to use DVI.

The ViewSonic VX2460H-LED monitor doesn't use display presets for photo, gaming and movie modes, but offers discrete controls for tweaking response time and enabling the dynamic contrast function, which we're pleased to find turned off by default. You can still use this to pep up your gaming or movie-watching experience if you wish.

ViewSonic VX2460H-LED: audio and inputs

ViewSonic VX2460H-LEDThere's no VESA mount point nor any built-in speakers, but a 3.5mm audio jack lets you plug in an external set of speakers, the audio being fed from either of the HDMI sources. The display is controlled from a row of touch-sensitive controls. We initially found these difficult to see – it's not immediately obvious where the power switch is, but it's more simple to use when you get the hang of it.

The ViewSonic VX2460H-LED features a standard TN-based panel which is fine for most users, although considerably less impressive in terms of image quality than the IPS panels which are becoming increasingly common in monitors at this price or even less.

So the display suffers from the usual reduced viewing angles inherent to the TN technology, resulting in colours appearing a less consistent across the surface of the screen. This is nothing to worry about for those who just want a display with a little style. But for those who want to edit photos or video, you'd be advised to invest in an IPS display.

That said, our tests revealed relatively good performance across the board, making it one of the better TN displays we've reviewed. Contrast, brightness and colour accuracy were all better than expected. Calibration with a Datacolor Spyder 4 showed that very little correction was required.

Maximum brightness after calibration was 229cd/m2, and contrast ratio in the checkerboard test reached 710:1. Colour error peaked at 5.87 deltaE, with an average figure of 0.89. The Datacolor device showed this panel could cover 98% of the sRGB gamut, and 77% of AdobeRGB.

The LED backlight helped keep power consumption low, with only 15W required to operate at our standard brightness of 120cd/m2.

ViewSonic VX2460H-LED: Specs

  • 23.6in monitor
  • 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 0.2715mm pixel pitch
  • TN panel technology
  • tilting stand
  • white LED backlight with 40,000 hours rated life
  • anti-glare, 3H hardness panel coating
  • 250 cd/m2 rated brightness
  • 1000:1 rated contrast
  • 170/160 degree (H/V) viewing angles
  • 5ms response time (typical), 2ms grey-to-grey
  • 1x VGA, 2x HDMI 1.3
  • external power adapter
  • 581 x 447 x 194mm
  • 3.5kg
  • 3-year warranty
  • 23.6in monitor
  • 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 0.2715mm pixel pitch
  • TN panel technology
  • tilting stand
  • white LED backlight with 40,000 hours rated life
  • anti-glare, 3H hardness panel coating
  • 250 cd/m2 rated brightness
  • 1000:1 rated contrast
  • 170/160 degree (H/V) viewing angles
  • 5ms response time (typical), 2ms grey-to-grey
  • 1x VGA, 2x HDMI 1.3
  • external power adapter
  • 581 x 447 x 194mm
  • 3.5kg
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The ViewSonic VX2460H-LED is an exceedingly slim and stylish monitor which performs well and comes with a useful trio of inputs. Image quality is bettered by IPS displays, but this model is a definite improvement over the budget displays often bundled with PCs and will look good in a home or executive environment.

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