Designed for photographers and designers with limited budgets, the ViewSonic VP2468 ($269.99) is a moderately priced 24-inch monitor that uses In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel technology to deliver accurate colors and good grayscale performance without drawing a lot of power. It has a nice selection of I/O ports, including a USB hub and a DisplayPort output for use in a multi-display configuration, and it is equipped with a fully adjustable ergonomic stand and offers advanced color settings. It’s our Editors’ Choice for midsize, mainstream monitors.
Design and Features
As with the Dell UltraSharp 24 InfinityEdge Monitor U2417H, another top pick, the VP2468 has a bezel-free cabinet, making it ideal for use in a side-by-side, multi-monitor arrangement. The black cabinet is supported by a black-and-silver stand that provides 26 degrees of tilt, 120 degrees of swivel, and 5.1 inches of height adjustability. It also lets you rotate the panel 90 degrees for Portrait-mode viewing. You can also remove the stand and use the four VESA mounting holes to hang the monitor on a wall using an optional wall-mounting kit.
The 1,920-by-1,080 panel has a non-reflective coating, a peak brightness of 250 cd/m2, a 1,000:1 native contrast ratio, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 5-millisecond (gray-to-gray) pixel response. All of the VP2468’s I/O ports are located at the rear of the cabinet, facing downward. They include two HDMI inputs, two DisplayPort inputs (one full size, one mini), a full-size DisplayPort output for daisy-chaining multiple monitors, one upstream USB 3.0 port, four downstream USB 3.0 ports, and a headphone jack. You don’t get speakers with this display like you do with the Acer H257HU.
There are five function buttons and a Power switch on right side of the rear-cabinet panel. The function buttons are used to access and navigate the on-screen menus, where you can adjust basic settings, including Brightness, Contrast, Color Temperature, Gamma, and Color Format (RGB and YUV). The VP2468 offers advanced color settings, such as RGB Gain and Offset settings, as well as RGBCMY Hue and Saturation settings, which allow for hardware-based calibrations using an optional colorimeter/software solution. Once calibrated, you can save the profile in one of three Color Calibration emulation presets. There’s also a Color Calibration Notice feature that you can set to remind you when it’s time to recalibrate the panel. Other emulation presets include sRGB, Native, EBU (European broadcast), SMPTE-C (American broadcast), REC709 (HDTV), and DICOM SIM (medical imaging). There are also seven application-based presets, including Game, Movie, Web, Text, MAC, Photographer, and Custom. And there’s a Blue Light Filter that helps to reduce eyestrain.
The VP2468 comes with a three-year warranty on parts, labor, and backlight. Included in the box are a USB upstream cable, a mini-Displayport cable, a factory-calibration report, and a resource CD, which includes drivers and a User Guide.
Right out of the box, the VP2468 delivered very accurate colors. On the chromaticity chart below, red, green, and blue colors, as measured with a colorimeter, are represented by the colored dots. The boxes represent the ideal CIE coordinates. As illustrated, red, green, and blue colors are all very closely aligned with their ideal coordinates, which is not surprising, considering that the monitor was calibrated before it left the factory.
Colors appeared uniform and well saturated in the DisplayMate Color Purity and Uniformity tests and while displaying scenes from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Blu-ray disc. The panel correctly displayed all shades of gray in the DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test and delivered very sharp highlight and shadow detail in my test images. As with all good IPS monitors, the VP2468 provided wide viewing angles, with no noticeable color shifting or loss of luminance when viewed from a top, bottom, or side angle.
While not intended for gaming, the VP2468 held its own in our Crysis 3 (PC) and Grand Theft Auto V (Sony PlayStation 4) tests. Granted, there were occasional instances of motion blur and minor screen tearing, but if you’re looking to do some casual after-hours gaming, it’ll get the job done. The panel’s 11.7-millisecond input lag (the time it takes for the monitor to react to a controller command), as measured by a Leo Bodnar Video Signal Lag Tester, is relatively short, but not as short as our fastest gaming monitor, the BenQ XL2430T (9.5 milliseconds).
The VP2468 consumed 14 watts in my tests while operating in sRGB mode (it does not offer any power-saving modes). That’s identical to the Dell U2417H and slightly less than the NEC MultiSync EX241UN-BK (18 watts). However, the NEC EX241UN has two ECO modes, which bring power consumption down to 14 watts and 12 watts.
The ViewSonic VP2468 is an excellent choice if you’re a designer or photographer seeking a good-size display that delivers solid performance at a reasonable price. Its bezel-free design provides a seamless viewing area when two or more monitors are positioned side by side, and it offers plenty of ergonomic adjustments. Moreover, its IPS panel delivered accurate colors and solid grayscale performance in our tests, and it doesn’t use much power, but it’s limited to a 1,920-by-1,080 resolution. Similarly, the Dell UltraSharp 24 InfinityEdge Monitor U2417H also delivers solid performance, and it has many of the same features as the VP2468, but it lacks advanced color settings and costs $80 more. As such, the ViewSonic VP2468 is our top pick for midsize, mainstream monitors.