Design & Build: Very Basic
Making a low-cost product look stylish can be really hard work. And equipping this 23-inch monitor with a glossy black plastic casing doesn't hide the fact that this is first and foremost an entry-level device. Plus, that chunky square stand just screams cheap.
The lack of hardware options doesn't do much to improve things either. In fact, apart from the wide viewing angels brought by the IPS panel, this monitor offers a bare minimum of features. The stand, for example, only allows you to tilt the screen very slightly, and video connections comprise VGA and DVI ports but no HDMI. Audio, on the other hand, isn't catered for at all—this is a monitor, and a monitor only!
Responsiveness: Too Slow for Gaming
With a response time announced at 14 ms, this 23-inch monitor has no chance of winning over gamers. And while some gamers are obviously more demanding than others, our tests confirm that even a monitor with a 5 ms TN screen would do a better job.
The VX2336Ss-LED is, however, perfectly suitable for activities that don't rely heavily on moving images, such as word processing, general office computing or photo editing.
Colours & Contrast: An Excellent Surprise!
The VX2336s-LED proved an excellent surprise in this field, as ViewSonic has done a top job with calibration. Straight out of the box, without changing any settings (although we did select 'restore factory setting' just to make sure), this 23-inch display has a Delta E of 2.2 (the difference between accurate colours and those displayed onscreen—the lower the better). With such impressive colour fidelity, this monitor would make a great budget choice for graphic designers or photo editing buffs looking for a second display that won't break the bank.
To top things off, the 1050:1 contrast is excellent, and is certainly above average compared with other monitors we've reviewed (average = 850:1). And, with an IPS panel, it's all the more impressive to see contrast this high!
- IPS screen
- Accurate colours straight out of the box (Delta E = 2.2)
- Contrast above 1000:1
- Hardware: few features
- No audio (no speakers or headphones socket)
- No HDMI connection
- Ghosting time too high (23 ms on average)
While it's not built for gamers and its design and hardware are as basic as they come, the ViewSonic VX2336s-LED boasts wide viewing angles, a high contrast ratio and accurate colours straight out of the box. It could therefore be a good choice for graphic designers or photo editors on a tight budget.