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ASUS PG278Q ROG Swift G-Sync Monitor Review

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The ASUS PG278Q is one of the first, if not first, G-Sync monitors that was released specifically to take advantage of Nvidia's new G-Sync technology. In theory, this feature will work wonders for plenty of gamers because it meant that screen tearing, stuttering and input lag were issues of the past. The hopes and hype surrounding this particular gaming monitor were astoundingly high when ASUS announced the release of this particular monitor of theirs. Were they justified though? Well, ...
8.1 Total Score
ASUS PG278Q 27" G-Sync

The Asus PG278Q G-Sync monitor is an extremely impressive gaming monitor in terms of its performance, assuming you get a perfect version. From the reviews thus far since its inception, it seems that its quality control team has been struggling a little to keep up with the customers who want nothing short of a perfect monitor. Who can blame them though, when they're forking out some $750 or so for it?

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
8.5
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
9
Amazon Rating
8
Editor's Rating
8
Value For Money
7

asus rog swiftThe ASUS PG278Q is one of the first, if not first, G-Sync monitors that was released specifically to take advantage of Nvidia’s new G-Sync technology. In theory, this feature will work wonders for plenty of gamers because it meant that screen tearing, stuttering and input lag were issues of the past.

The hopes and hype surrounding this particular gaming monitor were astoundingly high when ASUS announced the release of this particular monitor of theirs. Were they justified though? Well, sorta. Let’s start off with the positives of this monitor.

Positives

Firstly, the picture quality of the ASUS PG278Q is excellent for a TN panel. In fact, its display quality is only slightly sub-par compared to an IPS monitor. The contrast and colors are close enough that the average gamer might not likely notice the differences between an IPS and this monitor. The difference in the viewing angles, though, are significantly more apparent. Since this is essentially a 27″ gaming monitor though, the clarity and sharpness of the images displayed is incredible. 1440p gaming is really on a whole different level as compared to a 1080p display. While this will be taxing on your overall FPS, the amount of additional pixels being drawn also means that your AA settings need not be as high because the jagged lines will be less noticeable.

Also, the best thing about G-Sync is that V-Sync is no longer needed, which means that you no longer have to choose between suffering from input lag or screen tearing. This is huge especially for FPS games where the input lag incurred by having V-Sync turned on can be crippling.

Negatives

Negatives

Now, here comes the downsides. The price tag on this monitor is a hefty $800. That’s almost twice the price of an average 27″ IPS monitor, which is ridiculous. This, in addition to the graphical performance (i.e an upgrade in your graphics card) that will be needed to power up this monitor to its optimum level, means that you’ll be spending a ton of moolah to get the most out of it. Even with a dual GTX 760 setup, maxing Crysis 3 at 1440p only got me a constant 45-50 FPS, so if you have anything less than that, you might want to consider upgrading your graphics card before getting a 1440p monitor.

If money is not an issue to you though, you’ll still have to get lucky with your purchase. There seems to be an unprecedented amount of online reviews regarding broken pixels when it comes to this monitor. With the amount of pixels that comes with this monitor, you might argue that 1-2 dead pixels should be expected and while I would normally agree with you, the premium you’re paying for a $800 monitor nullifies this notion in its entirety. Some people have reported having up to 3 dead pixels on their monitors, which is simply unacceptable.

Additionally, reports of backlight flickers from time to time have also surfaced after weeks or months of usage. It seems evident that the quality control for ASUS (at least for this particular monitor) has been rather abysmal as of late. If you’re looking to purchase an ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q, you really should be ready to either accept a couple of broken pixels as the norm or keep returning it until you get a perfect or close to perfect version of the monitor.

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BenQ XL2420Z Review

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Lightboost The BenQ 2420Z is a very recent upgrade to the 2420TE and it has retained most of the best features such as the 1 ms response time and the awesome 144 Hz refresh rates. The improvement here comes in the form of an in-built "lightboost" feature, which reduces motion blur up to a significant degree. In the previous 2420TE monitor, the lightboost feature can only be unlocked by using a hack or a similar application but in the 2420Z, it can be toggled on or off as part of the ...
8.2 Total Score
BenQ XL2420Z

The BenQ XL2420Z is the successor of the very popular XL2420TE. One of its biggest additions is the "lightboost" feature, which significantly improves gameplay.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
8
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
8.5
Amazon Rating
9.2
Editor's Rating
8.5
Value For Money
7

motion blurLightboost

The BenQ 2420Z is a very recent upgrade to the 2420TE and it has retained most of the best features such as the 1 ms response time and the awesome 144 Hz refresh rates. The improvement here comes in the form of an in-built “lightboost” feature, which reduces motion blur up to a significant degree. In the previous 2420TE monitor, the lightboost feature can only be unlocked by using a hack or a similar application but in the 2420Z, it can be toggled on or off as part of the monitor itself.

Low Blue Light

In addition to that, the BenQ 2420Z has a low blue light function, which helps to believe eye strain over long periods of usage. This is particularly useful especially in a monitor made for gaming (and especially for gamers due to the likelihood of continuous hours of gameplay). My eyes used to feel dry and watery after playing for an hour non-stop and I’d have to take a 10 minute break every now and then but this time around, with the 2420Z, I could go on for much longer than that without any eye fatigue. With that said, this blue light technology does seem to work as effectively as it was intended to but it could very well be just a placebo effect but hey, whatever works! Coincidentally, plenty of other user reviews have reported similar experiences so thumbs up to BenQ for this excellent addition.

xl2420z front view

Verdict

Based on our experiences with BenQ’s products, every upgrade that BenQ has come up with in relation to each of the pertinent series (such as from the XL2420T to the XL2420TE) has been pretty considerable.

The previous XL2420T and TE models have been hugely popular among gamers and the same can be said for the latest Z version since it easily outperforms its predecessors with its convenient lightboost function as well as the low blue light feature, both of which are well worth the price just in case you’re thinking of upgrading from a T or TE version.

p.s. The BenQ 2420Z did have a rather rocky start due to a malfunction with the strobe backlights, that supposedly helps to decrease your input lag by up to 2 ms. However, this also causes the graphics quality on the monitor to dip substantially. In light of plenty of customer complaints, BenQ had asked users to send back their monitors to get a firmware upgrade, which essentially resolves this issue in its entirety. If you’re unsure whether your monitor comes with the latest firmware, check the service menu of your monitor. The newer V2 firmware will include a V002 tag in the menu. If you’re still stuck with a V1 version, just send it back to BenQ for an upgrade and it should work perfectly fine after that.
p.p.s. (1 July 2014 update) Okay, so apparently the latest batches of 2420Z have the V2 firmware included, which means that any of the prior strobing issues have been completely eliminated. These include those from Amazon so if you’re thinking of getting one of these, you might want to purchase from Amazon instead of your local shop.
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Samsung PX2370 Review

Samsung-PX2370

Monitor Specifications: Display Size: 23" Panel Type: TN Response Time: 2ms Brightness: 250 cd/m2 Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080 LED Backlight: Yes Max Refresh Rate: 60Hz Power Consumption: 25W The Samsung PX2370 is easily one of the top and most popular monitor within Samsung's range of products, particularly within the gaming niche. This is due to the fact that its response time is a mere 2ms, which is astounding especially if you were to compare it to other high-end ...
7.6 Total Score
Samsung PX2370

The Samsung PX2370 has a very thin panel with a sleek, professional design. It looks great on any tabletop but lacks a ton of essential connectivity and adjustability options.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
8
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
7
Amazon Rating
8.8
Editor's Rating
7.5
Value For Money
6.5

Samsung PX2370Monitor Specifications:

  • Display Size: 23″
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Response Time: 2ms
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m2
  • Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • LED Backlight: Yes
  • Max Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 25W

The Samsung PX2370 is easily one of the top and most popular monitor within Samsung’s range of products, particularly within the gaming niche. This is due to the fact that its response time is a mere 2ms, which is astounding especially if you were to compare it to other high-end monitors like Dell’s Ultrasharp or even BenQ’s XL series. Granted, the PX2370 has a TN panel much like most of BenQ’s products which allow it to score a much lower response time, what makes it one of the best is its overall build quality and raving reviews from its users. For instance, it is rated 4.4 out of 5 from about 130 Amazon users and when the general average for monitors in the gaming niche scores below 4, you can pretty much determine which are the more popular monitors out there.

Looks & Appearances

The first impression I got was that this monitor looks really sleek and expensive. It has a very thin panel that is even more apparent when you look at it from the side. Plus, the monitor stand is tilted forward in a diagonal manner rather than the usual upright stands that you see on the other monitors. It is one of the better looking monitors that are currently available but does its performance hold up to its looks? Find out more below.

PX2370Display Settings

With a 23″ display, the Samsung PX2370 has a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is certainly sufficient for the most optimal gaming experience. Indeed, most moderate to high-end PCs these days can safely crank up the graphics settings of the latest games to a resolution of 1920 x 1080 without sacrificing too much of their frame rates. Anything higher and it is likely that a $400 graphics card or an SLI/Crossfire build will have to be incorporated into the PC build. At least that’s the case if you wish to play at the maximum graphical settings.

The PX2370 has a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m2 which is a pretty average number in this regard. Despite this however, there’s really no reason to acquire anything higher than that. Most gaming monitors have too high of a brightness level anyway and the majority of them will have to be recalibrated or their brightness tuned down to a more suitable level. Indeed, after recalibrating my current Dell U2412M based on TFTCentral’s guide, my brightness level is at a mere 35% which is just nice for gaming. A higher brightness setting does not necessarily guarantee a better gaming experience regardless of what the manufacturers would have you believe. The vital aspect in relation to this would be achieving the right balance between the contrast, brightness and the other hues of the monitor. Maintaining color accuracy would be more important. Indeed, during the start of most games such as Dark Souls or The Witcher 2, you’ll be asked to adjust your brightness setting appropriately just so it’s dark enough to enhance the immersion factor. An improperly calibrated monitor, coupled with extreme brightness levels, would lead to oversaturation of the colors and would likely induce headaches in the long run as well. The point is that a brightness of 250 cd/m2 is definitely sufficient and it is more than likely that you’ll be running at half of that.

As for its refresh rate, it only runs at a maximum of 60 Hz. This is the one disappointing aspect of the PX 2370. Because it’s not exactly cheap at $330 and for some reason there aren’t any discounts of this particular monitor on Amazon, you would expect it to have a higher maximum refresh rate of at least 120 Hz, much like the BenQ XL2420T or the Acer DG235HZbid. Sure the original costs of those monitors are significantly higher at $550 and $400 respectively, but the average prices (after Amazon’s discounts, that is) are only around $300. So, unless you’re an avid supporter of Samsung’s products, you might be better off going for the BenQ or Acer model mentioned earlier for equal response times of 2ms and a much higher refresh rate of 120Hz. Of course, this is assuming your PC is powerful enough to be able to achieve a constant FPS of 60 and above.

Connectivity

The Samsung PX2370 is severely lacking in this particular regard. It only has 1 DVI and 1 VGA port and it doesn’t include any USB, DisplayPort or HDMI ports, which are key especially if you’re hoping to use this monitor for your other gaming consoles.

Power Consumption

One positive aspect that this particular monitor has is its power savings capability at only about 25W, which is about 40% less than the common average.

Adjustability

Unfortunately, the PX2370 lacks in this regard as well and the monitor can only be tilted forward or backwards. There aren’t any height or swivel adjustments available here.

Verdict

The Samsung PX2370 is not the best in its class and certainly not among the cheaper monitors around but if you do decide to go for it, at least you can rest assured that the build quality and suitability for gaming will essentially be guaranteed.

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BenQ RL2455HM Review

RL2455HM monitor
First Impressions The RL2455HM monitor by BenQ was featured in a couple of gaming competitions such as MLG (Major League Gaming). If you're into Dota 2 or other similar games that many competitions are solely based upon, you'll often get to see these gaming monitors being used by the professional gamers themselves. This monitor is an excellent choice for gamers simply because it focuses a whole lot on ensuring that the fastest response time can be provided. This will be particularly ...
8.1 Total Score
BenQ RL2455HM

The BenQ RL2455HM used to be a top choice for competitive gamers, but ever since the newer 120 and 144 Hz monitors are out, its popularity died down a little. If you're not a competitive gamer however, this would still be an excellent choice.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
7.5
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
8
Amazon Rating
9.2
Editor's Rating
8
Value For Money
8

RL2455HM monitorFirst Impressions

The RL2455HM monitor by BenQ was featured in a couple of gaming competitions such as MLG (Major League Gaming). If you’re into Dota 2 or other similar games that many competitions are solely based upon, you’ll often get to see these gaming monitors being used by the professional gamers themselves. This monitor is an excellent choice for gamers simply because it focuses a whole lot on ensuring that the fastest response time can be provided. This will be particularly important for FPS gamers because of the significant advantages that they can derive from having a lower response time compared to their competitors.

Because there’s only so much you can do with getting your ping as low as possible (the rest is really geographically related) or tuning your hardware to achieve the maximum amount of frames per second, the one major element that many gamers seemed to have overlooked would be the gaming monitor itself. For instance, if you’re currently playing on a rig that could support over 60 FPS in your games, you’ll essentially be limiting its capabilities by playing on a 60 Hz monitor. With that said though, the RL2455HM can only support up to 60 Hz of refresh rates, but for its price ($180), it’s easily the ideal TN paneled monitor for gamers. If you’re willing to spend an additional $100 for a bump to a 144 Hz monitor, you would do well with the Asus VG248QE.

Why Go For A 120/144 Hz Monitor?

Today, many monitors can easily handle up to 120 Hz of refresh rates. This essentially means that your FPS can be doubled and the transition of images on the display will be twice as smooth. How much difference does this make? Honestly, there aren’t any better way to learn of the differences than to place two monitors with 60 Hz and 120 Hz of refresh rates side by side. If this is proving to be difficult for you, simply go onto any gaming forums and a ton of 120 Hz monitor users will be singing high praises of this particular feature.

Let me tell you, the difference will be amazing and after using a 120 Hz monitor, going back to a 60 Hz monitor will be like switching from 60 FPS on your games to capping it to a mere 30 FPS. If you own a gaming console like an Xbox or a PS3, the maximum FPS that the consoles are able to display will only be 30. Play the exact same game on the PC to get a maximum 60 FPS and the differences are huge, right? Now, double that even further and that’s what you will get out of 120 FPS.

BenQ Rl2455HM side viewShould I Buy The BenQ RL2455HM?

If you have a limited budget of $200, then yes, this is essentially the best choice for you in terms of the quality and response time but as mentioned earlier, if you can afford to fork out an extra $100, you can get an upgrade in the refresh rates by investing in the VG248QE instead.

Otherwise, BenQ’s RL2455HM is a monitor that can hold its ground against its toughest competitors like Dell’s gaming monitor series or even Samsung’s. How so? Firstly, BenQ knows what most gamers need and they go all out to give them those features. For instance, because cost will always be an issue for everyone, they’ll have trimmed down all the unnecessary input ports, connections or features like inbuilt speakers that many other monitors have. HDMI ports for instance are almost always provided in every one of BenQ’s gaming monitors because you can easily plug them to your other gaming consoles besides your PC.

Verdict

In terms of the materials used to construct the monitor, it has a matte finish on the majority of its surface, with the exception being the stand, which has a glossy surface to it. On the whole, the monitor’s designs are excellent, its features are sufficient and its specifications are certainly off the charts, as can be expected of any monitors made by BenQ.

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Gaming On A 27″ IPS Monitor

Auria EQ276W multi-monitor display

Auria EQ276W multi-monitor display

Gaming on a 1440p resolution display is unbelievably immersive. I’ve always thought that any monitors that can support a resolution of over 1080p is unnecessary and even a waste of graphical resources because the screen is simply too huge for you to process all the details being projected on it. However, after giving the Auria EQ276W IPS monitor a try, I was convinced I had to get one.

Sadly, it currently costs about $400 so that’s not really an option right now considering my last monitor (BenQ 2420TE) had cost me close to $300 and the graphics card that I upgraded into a GTX 690 will certainly be unable to support the maximum graphical settings for a 1440p resolution. Plus, I’ve always wanted to have a multi-monitor display like Swifty in World of Warcraft. I suspect that even the GTX Titan would have trouble powering up a 1440p resolution multi-display for the latest games like Crysis 3 if you were to tweak the settings to their max. Perhaps a dual Titan in SLI/crossfire might, but who could afford such things right?

Anyway, we all should already know how well IPS monitors are performing over TN monitors, at least in terms of the quality of the image on display. Sure, you’ll lack the response time and refresh rates of TN displays but at least you’d still be able to enjoy sharper images and greater color accuracy for performing other tasks on your computer (like photo editing). Even if you’re not into things like that or you’re purely a gamer, an IPS monitor could still be a very good choice if you prefer to see fancier graphics over scoring better kills in your FPS matches.

The Aura EQ276W is certainly one of these IPS monitors that are able to provide you with a tremendously alluring experience provided your PC has the capability to support the resolution at a decent graphical setting. After all, it doesn’t make sense to be playing games like Assassin’s Creed 4 on 1440p whilst having to sacrifice on things like Nvidia’s latest HBAO+ or ultra quality on shadows, anti-aliasing and whatnot, does it? A 20-minute test on the Aura EQ276W almost made me fall in love with it till I saw its price tag. Arguably, it is a pretty decently priced gaming monitor at $400. In fact, you’re actually only forking out an additional $100 or so to upgrade from a 24″ IPS to a 27″ one. That’s a small leap in price for a huge jump in the display size.

The only thing that held me back (and is still currently holding me back) is the fact that my gaming rig simply isn’t powerful enough to warrant such a huge display. Otherwise, I would’ve gotten it in a heartbeat. What is it like playing on a 27 inch IPS monitor? Well, it’s basically the same as gaming on a 24″ IPS like the U2412M Ultrasharp from Dell but you’re able to see increased details from further away. It’s like being able to zoom in to spot the little details that are being displayed far into the background. Does it give you an advantage in gaming? Not really. You might even do better in terms of your gaming performance (kills/death ratio) in competitive play with a smaller display actually since there’s less on the monitor to process but if you’re looking to lose yourself in the gaming world, you’d want a display that’s as large as your budget allows it to be.

In short, if you’re looking to replace your current monitor with a 27  inch IPS monitor, you’d better be sure that your gaming rig can comfortably support the latest games at a minimum of 40 FPS at the best settings. Otherwise, you’re better off sticking to a 24 or even 23″ monitor till you have the money to upgrade to these toys.
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BenQ XL2420T Review

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I've had a lot of users asking me about the differences between the BenQ XL2420T and the XL2420TE and which of those 2 they should purchase. Let's just say that the BenQ XL2420TE is a new and improved version of the previous model and in short, you should go for the later version since it has a huge improvement from 144 Hz to 120 Hz. There's also an additional bonus of 2 ms to 1 ms in response time that you can squeeze out of the new model. You can check out an in-depth review of our ...
7.8 Total Score
BenQ XL2420T

A newer and improved XL2420Z has taken over as its successor. The price has remained more or less the same, so you might want to check that out instead.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
7.5
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
8
Amazon Rating
8.8
Editor's Rating
7.5
Value For Money
7

xl2420t tiltedI’ve had a lot of users asking me about the differences between the BenQ XL2420T and the XL2420TE and which of those 2 they should purchase. Let’s just say that the BenQ XL2420TE is a new and improved version of the previous model and in short, you should go for the later version since it has a huge improvement from 144 Hz to 120 Hz. There’s also an additional bonus of 2 ms to 1 ms in response time that you can squeeze out of the new model. You can check out an in-depth review of our XL2420TE review in our homepage here.

Reviews On Amazon & Newegg

As for the XL2420T, it’s a 24 inch monitor with a TN panel that is hugely popular among gamers in the last few years. The reviews of this monitor are excellent so far. For instance, in Amazon, the monitor’s voted 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 126 reviews. In Newegg, this BenQ monitor is voted 5/5 stars out of 118 reviews and it’s currently out of stock. These figures alone signifies its tremendous popularity. You should note however that this monitor has been built specifically for gaming. If you’re planning to purchase a monitor for your work, you might want to opt for a less costly one or if you’re a professional photographer who wishes to acquire a monitor for editing photos or play around with the color spectrums, you might want to opt for a monitor with an IPS panel instead.

This is not to say that the BenQ XL2420T doesn’t offer great image quality. It performs very well in this regard but in terms of static images, a high quality IPS monitor like the Dell U2412M or if you have the budget, the Dell U2713HM will suit you better.

How Will Response Times And Refresh Rates Affect You?

Gaming monitors like the BenQ XL2420T are equipped with the fastest response time and the highest refresh rates to allow gamers to react appropriately based on the accuracy of the images being splashed across the screen at high speeds. A higher response time means that there’s a higher chance that “ghosting” will occur and this will be detrimental to gamers. This issue is termed ghosting because it would appear as if the images are leaving a trail of blur behind them as they are refreshed upon the screen. A lower response time means that the colors of the pixels can be altered much quicker and this directly reduces the amount of blurring that you’ll see on your screen.

benq xl2420t s switchA 120 Hz refresh rate will mean that your images will be refreshed at twice the frequency of a 60 Hz monitor. This can give you a very “smooth” feeling as you play your games. Here’s an illustration. When you’re playing games on your Playstation 3, the max FPS is capped at 30. Sure, it still seems smooth enough but more sensitive gamers might find the frames “choppy”. If you play the exact same game on the PC with an FPS of 60, you’ll notice that everything suddenly seems so much smoother and more enjoyable. This is exactly why first person shooter games should always be played on a PC if possible, instead of on a gaming console. Similarly, a 120 Hz monitor will have twice the smoothness of gameplay compared to a 60 Hz monitor. The difference will be great and extremely noticeable if you switch over from a 60 Hz monitor to a 120 or 144 Hz monitor (XL2420TE).

Conclusion

For gaming, there really aren’t any other monitors that can achieve the level of performance that the BenQ XL2420 series can give you. Instead of comparing the BenQ monitors to other TN monitors, you should instead contemplate whether you’re willing to sacrifice the 144 Hz and 1 ms response time for the choppier refresh rates of 60 Hz and 5 ms response time of an IPS panel. For work and general use, IPS monitors will be preferable, hands down but if you’re planning on using the monitor purely for gaming, there’s no doubt that a TN panel will be able to serve you better. Your choice!

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Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED Review

VX2450WM-LED
The Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED is considered one of the best widescreen LED monitors available on the market, featuring several amazing benefits over its standard LCD counterparts. More and more customers are coming to realize that LED monitors are way better than LCD ones. For example, the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED comes with a mercury-free LED backlight 24” display that saves up to 50% more energy than standard LCD monitors. With a full HD 1920x1080 resolution, a flawless 20,000,000:1 MEGA ...
7.9 Total Score
Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED

This monitor uses LED which means it uses a whole lot less energy compared to other monitors that do not have this technology. Great for "green" users.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
8.5
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
6.5
Amazon Rating
8.8
Editor's Rating
7.5
Value For Money
8

VX2450WM-LEDThe Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED is considered one of the best widescreen LED monitors available on the market, featuring several amazing benefits over its standard LCD counterparts. More and more customers are coming to realize that LED monitors are way better than LCD ones. For example, the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED comes with a mercury-free LED backlight 24” display that saves up to 50% more energy than standard LCD monitors.

With a full HD 1920×1080 resolution, a flawless 20,000,000:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio, a perfect 5ms response time and integrated stereo speakers, this product is ideal for budget-conscious gamers who cherish performance and solid image quality above all else. The automatic aspect ratio adjustment is perfectly designed to eliminate distortion and maintain the right image proportions.

Unique Design

This LCD is ideal for both home and office use due to its sleek piano black finish, elegant texture and striking design. On the front display, the company chose to put its name in the center, while in the bottom left corner it displays the words “LED 1080p Full HD”. All these words are surrounded by glass edging and glossy black finish. On the right side, you can find a couple of touch sensitive controls that will give you full access to all the features in the menu. This product is extremely thin and light, which makes it a much better choice for people who want to buy a new LED every two years and donate their old one to a close friend.

Top Features

This groundbreaking product is certainly a very reasonably priced monitor, compared to other similar monitors in the same price range, such as the Asus VE247H 24-Inch Full-HD LED monitor or the LG Electronics LN530B 32LN530B LED. Compared to these monitors, The Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED comes with extra features that make it more reliable and useful. Some of the top features of this monitor are:

  • 1080p Full HD resolution with perfect 16:9 aspect ratio
  • VGA and DVI inputs
  • Up to 50% power savings compared to traditional CCFL 24” monitors
  • Integrated stereo speakers
  • 100 mm x 100 mm VESA compliant for monitor stands or wall mount
  • High grade panel that features top pixel performance
  • 16.7 million colors
  • 24” diagonal
  • Anti-glare, hard coating panel surface
  • Three years limited warranty

VX2450WM-LED measurement

Why A LED Monitor?

While a typical LCD monitor uses CCLF (cold cathode fluorescent lamps) to illuminate the screen, a LED monitor takes advantage of light emitting diodes (LEDs) as a light source. Some of the benefits of LEDs include a flawless contrast ration, less power consumption, slimmer design, lower electric magnetic interference, environmentally-friendly source of light and weight reduction. As a conclusion, a LED monitor is a much better choice than a standard LCD one.


Save the Planet and Save Money

A huge advantage of the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED monitor is that it is Energy Star 5 compliant, which comes with a two-fold benefit: save the planet and lower the electricity bill. For big corporate users that purchase tens of LED’s, this could translate into thousands of dollars or pounds savings each month. As a homeowner, you can save up to $1,000 on the long run, while also protecting our precious planet.

Easy to Pair

This monitor has diverse connectivity options, so pairing it with a Mac or Windows computer is a breeze. The good news is that Viewsonic will soon launch its own line of notebooks, laptops and desktops, so pairing will become even more effective and beneficial.

Eco-Mode

This feature gives you the option to reduce the monitor’s brightness whenever you need to save more energy and protect the environment from gamma emissions. You have two options – conserve or optimize. Under low light ambient conditions, this feature is extremely useful, allowing you to save up to 35% more energy. Also, eye fatigue will be reduced, while the monitor’s lamp life will be prolonged.

Final Words

Featuring a stylish look and industry’s best pixel performance, the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED monitor is a great long term investment that pays off by itself in the long run. Due to its reasonable price and special deals available on Amazon and other websites, we strongly recommend this product. Go online and look for coupons and special deals that will allow you to save up to 50% on the initial cost. Get it and enjoy your favorite photos, movies, TV shows, games and news at a whole new level.

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ViewSonic VA2406M Review

Viewsonic VA2406M

Display Quality The ViewSonic VA2406M is one of the most affordably priced monitors for the specifications that it has. At only $260, you wouldn't expect it to be comparable to some of the much more highly priced gaming monitors of $300 and above, yet it is. The display size is 23.6" and it has an astounding response time of only 5 ms. Most other high end monitors like the Asus PA248Q or even the Dell UltraSharp U2412 (and U2312HM, for that matter) only have response times of 6 ms and 8 ms ...
7.7 Total Score
ViewSonic VA2406M

An LED monitor for the environment-friendly user. While it might appeal to "green" gamers due to the reduced energy usage, it doesn't offer anything over and above other more conventional monitors. It does have an above average display quality though.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
8
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
6.5
Amazon Rating
8.8
Editor's Rating
7.5
Value For Money
7.5

Viewsonic VA2406MDisplay Quality

The ViewSonic VA2406M is one of the most affordably priced monitors for the specifications that it has. At only $260, you wouldn’t expect it to be comparable to some of the much more highly priced gaming monitors of $300 and above, yet it is. The display size is 23.6″ and it has an astounding response time of only 5 ms. Most other high end monitors like the Asus PA248Q or even the Dell UltraSharp U2412 (and U2312HM, for that matter) only have response times of 6 ms and 8 ms respectively. Granted, these monitors have IPS panels, which allows them to have much wider viewing angles and noticeably enhanced graphics, but they are also much more pricey (about 30% more expensive).

Are these improvements worth the additional 30% increase in price? Well, it really depends on what you’re looking to use your monitor for. For gaming purposes, its performance is as good as it gets. What you should primarily be looking for would be a low response rate, a high maximum refresh rate, a decent level of brightness and a good screen size. The ViewSonic VA2406M arguably scores pretty high in every single one of these aspects with the exception of the refresh rate, which is at a standard 60 Hz. The only thing which is missing would probably be the IPS panel as mentioned earlier.

Does it make a huge amount of difference? Many gamers have argued that the improvement in the viewing angles wouldn’t matter very much because you’ll be seated directly in front of the monitor most of the time. That might not be exactly true. This is because even while you’re seated in a perfect position wherein your eye level matches the middle of the monitor, there will still be a slight deviation in the color and contrast of the monitor, which becomes more noticeable the further it is away from the middle of the screen. At the edges, the changes will be most apparent. Yes, it isn’t game breaking in that the color would change from a purple to a green and whatnot. It’s more like a lighter shade of color will be present rather than the originally intended dark shade and that’s enough to sway most gamers into purchasing an IPS paneled monitor. Also, an IPS panel is technologically superior in that it provides an enhanced level of sharpness and clarify in its display. That much is uncontested as well. Place a Dell U2412M side by side with the ViewSonic VA2406M and any attentive gamer would immediately see a significant difference between the image quality on both the monitors.

VA2406M measurementsDesign

In terms of its outer appearances, it does look a little bulky rather than the usual sleek and slim bezels that most modern monitors come with. This might be a problem for gamers who’re concerned with both the display quality and the overall looks of the monitor. The entire monitor also tends to wobble if you shake the table a little despite it having a large base. I’d suggest that you ensure that your desk is sturdy and stable enough before you choose a monitor like that. Otherwise, even as you type away on the keyboard, the shaky display might give you headaches after a short while. I’d also like to point out a minor drawback with regard to its navigational menus. I’m a fairly seasoned techie but it still took me quite a while trying to navigate my way around the display menu to adjust the settings. The out-of-box settings are also way too bright and the colors are too saturated for my tastes and I had to recalibrate all of them myself again. If you’re a beginner at these things, you might want to get someone else to help you with it or learn how to do it yourself online.

Viewsonic va2406m backOther Features

Its adjustability options are also very limited and you only have the option to tilt it backward and forward. No height adjustments or pivoting capabilities are available. It does come with its own in-built speakers though and that’s a good touch. Of course, don’t expect the speakers to sound great at all. The audio quality is probably similar to what you can get out of a laptop’s speakers. A reasonably priced $100 external speaker would easily produce much better audio quality than these in-built ones.

Connectivity

As for its connectivity, it only has 1 DVI and 1 VGA cable which is pretty disappointing. Without any USB and HDMI cables, you wouldn’t expect it to be much of an entertainment machine. I had to constantly bend underneath my desk to reach for my CPU’s USB port and I couldn’t play on my PS3 until I get myself a converter cable so that’s a huge drawback right here.

Verdict

I’d have to say that the ViewSonic VA2406M is a gaming monitor that performs well in itself and has great specifications in terms of its display quality. However, its other minimalistic features are perhaps what makes it so affordable. With extremely limited adjustability options, a poor sounding set of in-built speakers, limited connectivity and shaky base, you would have to make up for these missing components if you need them by obtaining external parts.

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Dell UltraSharp U2412M Review

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First Impressions The Dell UltraSharp does indeed live up to its name. The sharpness of the display along with its clarity are easily one of its most sought after aspects. Indeed, the key element that makes the Dell U2412M so attractive is the fact that it has a high quality IPS panel rather than the more conventional TN panel. The difference between the two? A significant improvement in visual quality at the expense of negligible response time and refresh rates. Often, you'll hear ...
8.6 Total Score
Dell UltraSharp U2412M

The Dell U2412M monitor has some of the nicest colors and clarity for a 24" 1080p monitor. As an IPS monitor though, its response time suffers a little, but only lagging behind the fastest monitors like the VG248QE.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
9
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
7.5
Amazon Rating
9.2
Editor's Rating
9
Value For Money
8.5

dell ultrasharp u2412m frontFirst Impressions

The Dell UltraSharp does indeed live up to its name. The sharpness of the display along with its clarity are easily one of its most sought after aspects. Indeed, the key element that makes the Dell U2412M so attractive is the fact that it has a high quality IPS panel rather than the more conventional TN panel.

The difference between the two? A significant improvement in visual quality at the expense of negligible response time and refresh rates.

Often, you’ll hear gamers claiming that the latest monitors with the highest refresh rates and the fastest response time have given them an edge to win over their opponents.

Perhaps it would make a slight difference if you’re a professional gamer and you’re competing in an FPS match like CounterStrike or Call of Duty but these only apply in such limited circumstances.

If you’re an average gamer like myself, you’d be able to enjoy a much more pleasant and enjoyable experience from the enhanced visuals that an IPS panel would provide you with.

Visual Quality

dell viewing angles

What exactly are these advantages in terms of the Dell U2412M’s visual quality? First of all, it has great viewing angles. This means that there is little to no deviation in color contrast when the display is viewed from the sides or the top of the screen. This is important so that regardless of how you’re positioned in front of the monitor, the color and clarity of the display will always be consistent.

For monitors with TN panels, on the other hand, the colors at the bottom or top of the screen will always have a different or inconsistent shade the further you deviate from the middle of the screen. Assuming you are seated  in such a way that your eyes are staring right smack in the middle of the display, the color inconsistencies along the edges of the screen will still be fairly noticeable.

Plus, the improvement in clarity and color accuracy that an IPS panel provides over and above that of a TN panel is tremendous. I’ve just changed from a Samsung 2233SW monitor which has a TN panel to this particular U2412M display and I’m absolutely impressed by the sharpness and color vibrancy that I had been missing out on.

Dell U2412M backIf you plan on purchasing the Dell U2412M however, its factory settings right out of the box are kind of screwed up so you’ll have to recalibrate them yourself.

Fret not though. This is really easy to do and can be done within 10 minutes even if you’re a complete newbie at this. I’d highly recommend that you head on over to TFT Central for their calibration settings of the U2412M which have been hailed by many to be the absolute best. They also do provide step-by-step instructions with screenshots for you to follow.

Its default resolution is 1920 x 1200 in case you’re wondering. Most 24″ monitors will have this particular resolution option too. Its maximum brightness is 300 cd/m2 which is certainly more than sufficient for any gamers or graphics designer at all. Indeed, with my current calibration settings, the brightness I use is only at 35%.

Connectivity

In terms of this aspect, the monitor comes with 4 USB ports, 1 DVI, 1 VGA and 1 DisplayPort. 2 of the USB ports are conveniently located at the left side of the monitor for easy accessibility while the other ports are placed at the back of the monitor. As for its display menu, it can be accessed via 4 buttons at the bottom right area of its bezel facing forwards.

Adjustability

It has all 3 height, tilt and pivot adjustability options which means that you no longer have to stack it on top of books like some of the older monitor displays and you could also use it in the portrait mode if you wish.

Negative Aspects

Dell Ultrasharp U2412M side viewThe one major drawback that this Dell monitor has is its borderline response time of 6.5ms. Anything above that figure and you’re likely to notice some ghosting issues in fast-paced gameplay.

Some people have complained of such issues during their gaming sessions but I personally have not. Then again, this varies from person to person.

Also, this monitor lacks a HDMI port which means that you’ll have to purchase a separate HDMI converter cable if you wish to use this monitor for your other gaming consoles like the PS3.

Verdict

All in all, this monitor is a powerhouse and will be excellent for both gaming and general purposes. Indeed, I was torn between the choice of the Dell UltraSharp U2412M and the Asus VG248QE as both of these are claimed by many to be the top 24″ gaming monitors currently available. The Asus does provide a faster response time of 1.6 ms (as opposed to Dell’s 6.5 ms) and a higher refresh rate of 144Hz (as opposed to Dell’s 60Hz) so if you’re looking to compete in hardcore FPS matches and you need to squeeze out every little edge out of your gaming hardware, the Asus might be preferable. Nevertheless, if you’re an average gamer like me who favors a more enjoyable overall experience due to the significant visual enhancements that the Dell has over the Asus, you should certainly opt for the former.

If you’re still not convinced, you might want to take note of the fact that the Dell UltraSharp U2412M has an astounding 4.6/5 rating in Amazon out of a total of 550 reviews. At its price of $290, you’ll be hard pressed to find any other 24″ monitor that has an IPS panel of this quality.

Check the price & reviews of the Dell U2412M monitor at Amazon.com

If you want to opt for response time and refresh rate superiority:

Check the price & reviews of the ASUS VG248QE monitor at Amazon.com

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Asus VS239H-P Review

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Initial Impressions At first glance, the features and specs of the Asus VS239H-P seem pretty impressive. This 23-inch LED-backlit screen offers the usual HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub ,VGA interfaces, with a full HD 1920x1080 resolution, a brightness rating of 250cd/m2, a gray-to-gray response time of 5ms, and a high 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Physically, the Asus VS239H-P's LED backlighting helps keep everything slim with the LCD monitor frame measuring a wiry 1.8cm. Thinness seems to ...
8.4 Total Score
Asus VS239H-P

The VS239H-P is an entry-level IPS monitor that's very affordably priced. Compared to the top 24" IPS monitor (Dell's U2412M), this monitor lags slightly behind the Dell in terms of its response time but has somewhat negligible differences (though still inferior) in terms of the image quality.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
8.5
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
7.5
Amazon Rating
9
Editor's Rating
8
Value For Money
9

asus vs239h-pInitial Impressions

At first glance, the features and specs of the Asus VS239H-P seem pretty impressive. This 23-inch LED-backlit screen offers the usual HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub ,VGA interfaces, with a full HD 1920×1080 resolution, a brightness rating of 250cd/m2, a gray-to-gray response time of 5ms, and a high 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Physically, the Asus VS239H-P’s LED backlighting helps keep everything slim with the LCD monitor frame measuring a wiry 1.8cm. Thinness seems to be the active design choice here further underscored by the lack of an external power brick. Further, there are no visibly protruding buttons as the tactile buttons (as opposed to touch controls) are hidden under the frame. And we all know that there is nothing like the feel of actual buttons when it comes down to tweaking the various settings.

While aesthetically pleasing and having an Apple-like visual appeal, the sleek all-black glossy plastic frame and circular base stand also mean that it is a magnet for finger prints and general smudges. Further, with nice-looking stands such as this, the trade-off is that it is not the most stable stand around and is particularly prone to wobbling. While the monitor looks great from the front, any views from the side will reveal the ugly cable connections that face outwards as the connection ports are plugged-in perpendicular to the back panel. I found this design strange and ultimately counter-productive to having a thin sleek monitor which I would want to show off without the mess of cables behind it.

Adjustability

The physical set up of the Asus VS239H-P is also very limited as it was not designed with any mounting arm or any other such adjustable mechanism. The screen itself can only be tilted -5 to 20 degrees forwards and backwards with no options for height adjustments. Therefore monitor is always going to be about 7cm from the standing surface. Also, you cannot swivel or pivot the screen. Having become used to the flexibility of modern monitors, I found this rigidity very restrictive and a deal-breaker to those who love to tinker and tweak every little bit of their hardware. All those who game or watch movies for long hours on their monitor will know that feeling when perfect sitting posture won’t cut it and would like to sit in all manners of positions while maintaining a good view of the screen. The limited ergonomics of this monitor is a clear black mark in my book.

Whilst the ergonomics of the Asus VS239H-P is fairly set in stone, there are some redeeming features that keep it afloat. Features such as the wide viewing angles that are afforded by the sweet IPS panel that boasts approximately 178° of vertical/horizontal viewing. There is a further Smart View function but as it essentially only makes the already bright screen, brighter, which in-turn causes diminishing colors of the blacks to dark grey, I would personally not recommend it and would keep it switched off.

Display Settings

The Asus VS239H-P have six video presets, including an sRGB and QuickFit mode, which allows for more efficient editing with real size on-screen guidelines for varying documents and photo sizes. As with the Asus 298HQ, this feature is more useful to those who use their rigs for more than just gaming. Nevertheless, having it as a feature may be useful somewhere down the road if you’re into editing your screencaps of achievements or anything like that.

The positive point to the credit of the Asus VS239H-P is that the display menu is very user-friendly with navigations made easy by the aforementioned tactile buttons. The 5 settings grouped on the left are Splendid, Color, Image, Input Select and System Setup. “Splendid” is the Asus lingo for their video presets which consists of Scenery, Standard, Theater, Game, Night View, and sRGB.

The Color groupm as its name suggests, is where users adjust the settings of the brightness, contrast, saturation, color temperature, and skin tone. Note that if using some of the “Splendid” presets, some of the settings may be locked-in and grayed out from further adjustments. For the Standard preset, the saturation and skin tone settings cannot be adjusted as the color temperature is by default set to User Mode (R, G, B gains at 100%). Users have the options to change to Cool, Normal, and Warm. Skin tone setting will also depend on the “Splendid” video preset with 3 presets namely Reddish, Natural, and Yellowish. Theater mode lowers the brightness with an added kick to the colors that is fittingly perfect for movie-watching.

Display Quality

Asus VS239H-P portsThe image group controls settings such as the sharpness, aspect ratio control (only changeable with HDMI connection), Trace free and ASCR. I would like to highlight the Trace Free feature which allows adjustments to better the response times and pixel latency, which would have a direct impact as to the quality of the gaming experience on the Asus VS239H-P. There are six settings beginning at 0 with increments by 20 to the maximum of 100 (set to 60 by default) with higher settings providing higher levels of response time compensation. Testing revealed that the default Trace Free level of 60 is best at producing the least amount of ghosting artifacts. The ASCR mode is short for the Asus Smart Contrast Ratio for dynamic contrast ratio, boasting a ratio of 50,000,000:1. Disappointingly, I found that this mode did not provide any worthwhile boost to the visual quality, and accordingly had it turned off for almost all of my testing.

There’s no surprise hidden in the final two menus, which are Input Select and System Setup respectively. It is worth noting that if you’re keen to save some energy, there is the Eco mode in the System Setup for those with an environmental conscience.

Going back to the image/visual quality of the VS239H-P, the IPS panel is capable of producing 16.7 million colors, with a maximum luminance of about 270cd/m2 at 100% brightness, while black luminance came up to 0.45cd/m2. Testing of the gamma concluded at 2.20 (note that there are no gamma presets available in the display menu) and color temperature was recorded at 6,500K across the board in all video pre-set modes, except the sRGB where it clocked in around 7,400K with a cooler white luminance of 150cd/m2. The 3 additional color temperature presets (Cool, Normal, Warm mentioned earlier) have values of about 13,400K, 9,400K, and 7,500K respectively.

The original factory brightness settings were too bright for my preference which also resulted in a further issue of graininess on screen. I found that the optimum settings were closer to approximately 120cd/m2, that is achieved by reducing brightness to somewhere between 30% – 40%.

Power consumption during use recorded at about 34W at the factory setting. Activating Eco mode reduced it to 22W and testing with the preferred settings mentioned above brought the power consumption figures down to 21W.

As mentioned earlier, the Asus VS239H-P has a response time of 5ms (gray to gray), 14ms typical, which curbs ghosting issues. This is further helped by storied Trace-Free feature. I conclude that this monitor is generally suitable for the average-joe’s everyday gaming needs but perhaps not completely sufficient for professional hardcore gamers who especially take their FPS seriously. I personally did not come across any dead pixels and the Asus VS239H-P comes with a nice 3 year warranty.

Negative Aspects

A small note on the Asus VS239H-P is that the screen has a matte/anti-glare coating on the display that helps in preventing reflections from outside light sources on the display. Closer inspection of the coating may initially draw concern due to its rainbow/oily looking properties but once viewed from a regular distance (20 inches) it is not noticeable and easily ignored. Just don’t go looking too intently in search of it.

The Asus VS239H-P panel has a pixel pitch of 0.2655mm, typical of a 1920×1080, 23-inch monitors. The discrepancies in the screen space due to the reduced height does not affect the HD displays as it fits without any black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

Verdict

In conclusion, the features of the Asus VS239H-P are outstanding and indeed some features do reflect well on use but the contradicting design choices and some inconsequential features hold the monitor back from soaring to its highest potential. Ultimately, the Asus VS239H-P doesn’t offer the best design or flexibility, but it is certainly able to hold its own when it comes to pure performance.

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