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Viewsonic VG2427wm

  • Category: Displays
Last Updated
April 6, 2010

Editor's Rating
3.5 Out of 5

Pros
  • Excellent text reproduction
  • Great color and grayscale performance
  • Includes USB ports
  • Adjustable stand

Cons
  • Lacks HDMI input
  • Slight backlight bleed
  • Occasional motion artifacts

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Viewsonic's VG2427wm offers several components you'd expect to find in the business-class display, such as an ergonomic stand, USB connectivity and great text readability. It is a 24-inch desktop monitor with 1920 by 1080 resolution panel that does a good job of displaying colors and grays, but also emits a noticeable amount of backlight bleed. It's capable of showing HD content and has a 16:9 aspect ratio, it lacks an HDMI port which is disappointing for a display with such good picture quality.

The VG2427wm offers a sleek design that looks very professional. It has a slim bezel and matte-black finish. THe 24-inch TN panel is placed atop a telescoping arm that provides 5.3 inches of height adjustability as well as tilt and swivel capabilities, which makes it perfect for any office environment. Though you can't pivot the panel for portrait mode viewing.

On the bottom edge of the Viewsonic monitor are four tiny silver function buttons, a power switch and an LED indicator. Two of the buttons are shortcut keys for adjusting speaker volume and brightness/contrast levels and the third is used to toggle between input sources. The forth is the Menu key that takes you into the on-screen display where you can tweak color temperature settings, as well as adjust sharpness, aspect ratio settings and horizontal and vertical positioning. For those who respect the environment when purchasing electronics, the VG2427wm has three ECO modes: Standard, Optimize and Conserve. These contain varying brightness presets that help conserve energy and increase the life span of the monitor. Standard mode draws an average of 43 watts, Optimize uses around 34 watts and Conserve only uses 24 watts.

Behind the cabinet are DVI and analog VGA video inputs as well as three USB ports and an audio port. Having three USB ports is a huge plus, but the location is somewhat awkward and we thought it would have been more appropriate to put them on the side, especially for connecting thumb drives. The lack of an HDMI port becomes an even bigger omission on Viewsonic's part when it happens to be the most widely interface for connecting to HD sources.

The VG2427wm did a solid job producing a monitor which displays images with color accuracy, readable and crisp small text and good grayscale performance with well defined dark and light bars and no compression at the extreme ends of the scale. You'll be able to see good photo quality from a distance and still be able to read the fine print as well. For a monitor, this is the Viewsonic's greatest quality. The 5-millisecond panel does a decent job of capturing fast moving video and animation but is susceptible to occasional motion artifacts. The VG2427wm showed some blurring during fast scenes, but with other tests showed impressive clarity and overall ability to display intricate detail.

The VG2427wm has a few minor problems, but when you buy a monitor, one of the most important things you first notice are the picture quality and clarity. And the Viewsonic delivers both convincingly. It has solid color and grayscale performance as well as a highly adjustable stand making it solid for any office environment.