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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.