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The ergonomic stand of the VG2433Smh monitor caught my eye first. I move when I work and I need my monitor to move with me. The ViewSonic with its 340° swivel, 90° pivot, -5° to 25° tilt and 100 mm height adjustment followed easily to match my eye line whether I was sitting upright, leaning back or reclining. The base is stable and moving the screen forward and backwards is a viable option, although, with the VESA-mountable design, it can be wall mounted or attached to a movable monitor arm that makes it even easier to recline back and yet still be able to read the text on the screen.
A 24″ (23.6″ viewable) LED display is where many monitors live. Go bigger and the cost rises accordingly, but go smaller and there just isn’t quite enough screen real estate to work with comfortably. A full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution is important and with HDMI, DVI and D-Sub inputs, it connects to almost anything. I have been using it for the last month as my primary screen connected to my laptop or gaming PC and have been very satisfied with its performance.
The monitor swivels, pivots, tilts and easily slides up and down. It can be used in either landscape or portrait mode and with a VESA-mount, it can be attached to the wall, desk, ceiling or a free-standing arm for complete freedom of movement in use.
It is an excellent feature for anyone who works in a non-standard position, such as reclined or supine (lying down), changes position frequently or environments where users change on a regular basis as it can be adjusted in under a minute to be ergonomic for the next person sitting at the desk.
It is marketed towards educational and organizational institutions, like schools, offices and call centres as well as for use at home for both home office and entertainment. I think it is an excellent choice for those of us who dabble in different things – word processing, browsing the internet and reading, gaming, basic design and graphics, watching videos, making video calls and working from home. It is not a screen manufactured to excel in one particular area, like gaming or graphic design, but an all-rounder that does pretty well in all areas.
The LED backlight is an environmentally friendly choice, as LED displays consume less energy and last longer than older, conventional options. ViewSonic has an Eco-mode that was easy to use with the option to reduce energy usage (which also dims the screen) to 75% (19 W) or 50% (14 W). Lower light settings are not recommended for brightly lit rooms but work well with ambient light and evening use.
The ViewSonic VG2433Smh is well-made, durable and comes with a 3-year warranty. The additional tilt and mounting options provide it with extra reuse potential as the screen can be tilted to portrait mode, mounted in a different place to fulfill a new role.
ViewSonic has an environmental policy in place which states that “Materials and processes have been adopted to minimise environmental impact” and also “[w]e are committed to developing green products, emphasizing recycling and waste reduction, and training our employee-partners to conduct their activities in an environmentally responsible manner.” It is a company working towards being more green and adopting environmentally friendly and responsible practices. Read more here.
Type: 24″ 16:9 (23.6″ viewable) Colour a-Si TFT Active Matrix LCD (ADS)
Physical size with stand: 566 x 382.4 x 204.3 mm
Physical size without stand: 55 x 343.2 x 51 mm
Item Weight: 3.95 kg (without stand), 5.53 kg (with stand), 7.12 kg (Gross)
Optimum resolution: 1920 x 1080
Response Time: 4ms (GtG)
Panel Surface: Anti-glare
Display area: 521.29 (H) x 293.22 (V) mm
Colour support: 16.7M
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 50M:1
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Backlight: WLED light bar
Backlight life: 30 000 hours
Connector for Power: Internal Power Board, 3-pin plug (CEE22)
Connectors Video: VGA x1, DVI x1, HDMI x1
Audio: 3.5mm Headphone Out (Output), 3.5 Connector (Input)
Speaker: 2-Watt x2
Voltage: AC 100-240C (Universal); 50/60 Hz
Mount: VESA 100 x 100 mm
Operating Conditions: 0 – 40°C
Warranty: 3 years
It is an external monitor that requires both a power source, plugs into mains outlet, and something to connect to display. It can be connected via HDMI, VGA or DVI.
The ViewSonic VG2433Smh is a good choice for anyone with a mild to moderate visual impairment. Text display is clear, colours are crisp and accurate and 24″ is a decent size. Different OSD colour settings (Bluish, Cool, Native and Warm) are available whilst the screen is calibrated to display the exact same colours as the HD-device source images.
The brightness is adjustable and can be dimmed for lower light environments and it has no flash or flicker. I found it helpful to set the colour to reflect cooler light (displayed in a warmer tinge) and dim the brightness when working during a migraine attack with photophobia and the absence of any flicker made it possible to use the monitor extensively.
The ability to adjust the monitor to ergonomic settings, optimum brightness and colour display and the quality of the screen makes it good choice for anyone prone to eye strain or who use their monitor for long hours regularly. There is also no reliance on colour and colour-blind users can adjust the colour display as well.
The buttons used to make adjustments as well as turn the screen on and off are not clearly marked, but just symbols imprinted black-on-black. It is relatively easy to figure out which button does what by pressing them and as is custom, the right button is the on/off button. These buttons are rarely highlighted and not used regularly, so I did not find it off-putting and actually appreciated that there were not bright text to distract me just below the display.
The monitor operates without any sound and it does not use sound as an indicator – there are no beeps when buttons are pressed. There is a slight noise when adjusting the height, but none when tilting or rotating the monitor. It does have an integrated speaker, but it does not have excellent sound quality and I would recommend using a headset or set of speakers for sound instead.
Input and touch
There are six buttons at the bottom of the screen mounted on the bottom of the screen bezel. They are quite small and spaced a finger apart and easy to press. The buttons do require some precision to locate and press and someone with a significant tremor or lower muscular control will have some difficulty accessing these. Except for the power button, they are not in regular use and as the power button is on the end, it can be pressed with the palm or a flat hand rather than a fingertip, making it more accessible.
The screen is easy and ergonomic to adjust with one hand or two, using very little grip or force.
Movement and mobility
The adaptability of the screen makes it a good choice for anyone looking to use or mount it in a less conventional way. It is easily adjustable, so, for example, a wheelchair user whose chair is at a different height could easily adjust it to an ergonomic position without having to change the height of the desk or transfer to a different chair. For those who need to raise their legs either permanently or periodically can adjust the screen to remain ergonomic even when they lean backwards to make best use of a footrest and when reclining, tilting the screen is usually necessary as well and this can also be done with one hand.
Motion sickness and balance disorders
There are no obvious triggers generated by a monitor, other than what the screen is used to display. The crisp quality of the display is a bonus when it comes to simulated movement and compared to something like an older flat screen TV in my lounge, there is a noticeable improvement as movement and rendering is smoother. Obviously, high-end monitors optimized for gaming would show an even bigger improvement, but for the price, market and size range, the VG2433Smh does a good job.
Ease of Use
It is easy to set up: plug-in two cables and hit the power button and it works. It is also easy to use, the custom menus are standard and easy to navigate when adjusting the brightness, colour or other settings and like most monitors currently on the market, it does not require a lot of maintenance. Plug-and-play.
Cognitive, language and math
A quick start guide is included with instructions that require some reading skill, language comprehension and the ability to follow instructions. Once set-up and adjusted to the user, there are no further requirement for either language, math or any advanced cognitive skills.
No social interaction is required. It can be purchased on-line and delivered, set-up, used and maintained by the user without any requirement for social contact.
The monitor is made of standard materials, mostly plastic. It is easy to keep clean and dust-free for those with asthma and a dust mite allergy.
Trigger warnings & age ratings
ViewSonic was founded in 1987 and has 30 offices around the world and their products are being sold in over 125 countries with their headquarters based in Brea, California in the United States. It is both a manufacturer and distributor in the visual display market and makes LED monitors, touch displays, projectors, large-format displays and virtual desktops.
Included In The Box
- LCD Display
- Power Cable
- VGA cable
- DVI cable
- Audio cable
- Quick start guide
- ViewSonic Wizard CD-ROM
The ViewSonic VG2433Smh is an ergonomic monitor that offers good quality, excellent design, durability and style. It ticks all the boxes for a monitor that would suit a home office or study with its 24″ screen, 1920 x 1080 HD display, multiple ports, including the essential HDMI port and a large range of adjustability that is uncommon in its size and price range. It is a versatile monitor that performs well as both an office and home computer used primarily for entertainment.
It is made by a reputable company with strong environmental policies and comes with a 3-year warranty which adds its appeal. I would highly recommend it to corporate and educational institutions for its durability and ergonomic design that allows easy adjustment to the user, including tilt and height adjustment, as well to anyone working or studying from home who need a versatile monitor that is able to handle a variety of tasks.
The review is based on the ViewSonic VG2433Smh kindly provided by ViewSonic.