ViewSonic has joined the host of manufacturers currently making low-cost IPS monitors with this 23-inch VX2336s-LED display. Unlike many of its rivals, ViewSonic isn't out to impress at all costs. In fact, the firm has kept things very basic in this monitor, with a response time announced at 14 ms and no HDMI port. But while, on paper, it would be easy to write this monitor off, in practice, the VX2336s-LED holds a few nice surprises that can't be spotted on its spec sheet.
DESIGN & BUILD
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!
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.
This graph shows the monitor's ghosting time (in ms) with the AMA function on. Ghosting time measures the time it takes for the screen to totally remove an image. The faster the ghosting time, the smoother moving objects will look onscreen.
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.
COLORS & 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!