5 Stars By Wolfsblood2012 on 2016-03-05
I couldn't be more pleased in my choice of these monitors
I spent a couple weeks looking through various monitors before finally deciding on these. I've included images from my previous setup of a 24" LG LED and 2 LG 22" LEDs versus 2 27" ViewSonic VX2757-MHDs. This review will be lengthy so I will include a TL;DR at the bottom.
I am an avid gamer and also do instructional design work that requires quite a bit of time working at home. My games include Fallout 4, Witcher 3, any Civilization I can find, Dragon Age, the Mass Effect trilogy, and several other graphics heavy games. Instructional design requires quite a bit of work with photos and images as well as needing to be precise in layouts and contrasts. I demand quite a bit from my rig and needed to upgrade the monitors to match. Compared to my previous setup, I couldn't be more pleased in my choice of these monitors, even having them for only 10 hours at the time of this post.
I have my primary connected via display port in order to take advantage of AMD's FreeSync and have seen a huge improvement in my gaming. I will post my rig's specs below. Witcher plays on Ultra graphics with absolutely no lag even when surrounded by enemies in a big fight. I used to suffer from screen tearing but that is now a thing of the past. Running Fallout 4 is like having a brand new game, especially during the night when the black stabilization kicks in and lets me see into the shadows far better than I had been able to before. For anyone looking for their first FreeSync capable monitor, I would HUGELY recommend picking this up.
For non-gaming, the monitor has also been a big step up in design and general entertainment. I am currently watching Ender's Game while I type this out and can't believe that the image I am watching is better than the 60" Vizio 1080p I have out in the living room. Colors are rich and clear, no ghosting to speak of even in the most hectic sequences, and paired with AMD's Radeon cinema settings there is no comparison for movie watching. I have also connected both monitors to my work laptop (do not ask for specs, it is shameful) with outstanding results. The company I write for uses 80" displays in our classrooms and having these two monitors allows me to truly understand what our students will see when my training is presented to them. I have spent time with both PowerPoint (c'mon, you know it is the lifeblood of corporations) and Articulate Storyline on these monitors and have a hard time knowing I will have to be back in the office on Monday using far worse equipment.
The setup of these monitors was extremely easy. Packaging is well thought out and there was none of the tugging and pulling to remove the monitors from their packaging that we have all experienced in the past. This is a 27" monitor so there is a little wobble on them if you are pounding down on your desk but this should be expected. If you don't want the wobble, spend a bit more and get a secured mount. Once I had these cabled up, one with display port the other HDMI, both monitors were immediately recognized and the picture was washed out. Basic brightness and contrast are set extremely high when they come out of the box, press a couple buttons and you will have that taken care of quick. As a couple other comments have stated, the buttons are located on the rear of the display on the lower right corner. They are a slight pain to deal with but you will get through it. Within 20 minutes I had both the monitors' settings and my graphics card settings done and perfect images on both.
Buy these monitors, period. Without going to the $400+ range for displays, you will not find a better mix of response and quality.
I will update in a few weeks after more time spent.
AMD FX-8350 (Vishera)
16GB HyperX DDR3 @ 669MHz
MSI AMD Radeon R9 390
5 Stars By Joey P. on 2016-02-29
Ultrafast, Pixel pushing display
EDIT: I changed the response time settings in the OSD from Ultrafast (which is the max setting btw) to 1 step down to Advanced, Mainly because i observed reverse ghosting artifacts especially when moving windowed folders in the desktop of Windows. You can clearly see a trail of shadows left if the response time settings is set on Ultrafast. Dialing it back down to Advanced fixed the reverse ghosting effect. Also I changed the Bluelight Filter setting to 80 (default is 100) in the manual image adjust OSD menu to give the screen a nuanced warm tone to help alleviate my eyes from too much strain since I usually dim my room and game and browse at least 6-8 hrs a day. These changed settings helped a great deal and i'm loving the monitor even more.
ORIGINAL:Purchased this a week ago. TBH this is my first 144hz monitor. I owned a Benq 24in but that was only running at standard refresh albeit a faster gtg of 1ms since it was TN, just like this monitor.
My settings were: color: usercolor (left all at 100 R,G,B) viewmode: normal, response time: advanced, low input lag: ultrafast, brightness 35, contrast 55, sharpness 75, black stabilization 5, smartsync off, amd freesync off, advanced dcr 0, dynamic contract unchecked, ecomode standard, bluelight filter 100 (this is default- its supposed to be 0 but the OSD writes it as 100, when you move it to lower values then bluelight filter is gonna be used. essentially 100 means its Off. Weird right?!)
I connected this monitor to drive my Asus G751JY via mini displayport/thunderbolt port to full size DP in the monitor to support the max refresh of 144hz. I was really curious how it would play since most games I run on my laptop is able to exceed 60fps and would very much benefit this monitor's hz. True enough, I wasn't disappointed. I now wished I could have gone with the much powerful GT80 titan dual 980m during that time but that one would further cost me my other arm *sigh*.
I played witcher 3, far cry 4, crysis 3, dota 2, metro last light, bioshock infinite, middle earth SOM, madmax and this monitor makes those games run smoother. I can objectively observe that even if the FPS say for example Witcher 3 on my laptops native ips display is running 50 and obviously it runs 50 too on the monitor but somehow it made the experience much smoother and quite faster. Maybe (well highly likely) that the gtg response time of 1ms coupled with the very fast 144hz made the experience faster in my eyes. It's like the monitor is somehow cheating and giving my laptop an extra kick in horsepower wherein reality its just displaying the exact amount of FPS on the laptops display. Frankly, i didn't expect that to happen and I was relatively surprised of the monitors ability to provide me the perceived smoothness in game. Further, I have yet to try the freesync feature since obviously my laptop is running an nvidia 980m. I'll update this review once I get my hands on one.
For the price I paid of $383 plus taxes vs msrp of $459 it is certainly a must buy! comparing prices to similar products and seeing this monitor was just recently launched in Jan. 2016. It incorporates the newest technologies of a TN panel might have and oh boy don't get me started on the ports. It has 2 usb 3.0 and another 2 usb 2.0 hows that for good measure? 2 HDMIs and 2 Displayport (1 is mini btw) and a 3.5mm audiojack. Viewsonic really thought of everything. Stand is able to swivel, pivot, rotate with height adjust. cable organizer and a little headphone hanger at the rear. All that's left is the kitchen sink.
5 Stars By Bob H. Grant on 2014-05-30
From "oh no!" to "oh wow!!" in 60 minutes....
Received my ViewSonic VX2452MH 24-inch monitor today and after initially being disappointed and concerned, I have to say that I love the display. Few things to point out. 1- The stand feels a bit flimsy so be careful with it. 2- I purchased the 2DayDeliverBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable to go with the monitor since my Dell Studio XPS PC had an HDMI output. This is where I was disappointed. Once I had everything plugged in, I couldn't get the screen resolution right. The text was not sharp. It was kinda fuzzy no matter what website I was on. The desktop would not fill the whole screen even after playing with the screen settings and installing the correct drivers from the CD that came with it. "Game Mode" setting did not help at all. It just adjusted the brightness, contrast and colorization. I was so bummed out that I nearly packed the monitor back up to prepare for a return and refund. I tried one last thing before boxing it up. I hooked up the DVI cable that came with the monitor instead of the HDMI. That's how the old monitor was hooked up so I gave it a shot. I removed the HDMI and then plugged in the DVI cable. HOLY COW what a difference!! The desktop filled the entire screen and everything looked nice and sharp. No fuzz. What a relief! So in case you have a similar problem with the HDMI hooked up, try the DVI cable instead. Very satisfied with the outcome. This monitor is excellent now. Very nice.
4 Stars By Matt W. on 2017-06-19
Dead pixels within a month.
Update 2: Submitted the paperwork required to get it replaced via ViewSonic warranty program. The process required several emails back and forth and was kinda confusing but overall, ViewSonic reps were quick to respond to my emails and answer my questions. They sent me a new monitor and then I used the same box and packaging to return the old monitor. The only part that made me uneasy was that they require your cc number incase you do not return the old monitor or if they decide it is not covered under warranty (which is understandable). However, what bothered me is they never acknowledged that they received the new monitor. Tracking clearly said they got it but after several emails, they never would admit that they got it and I was in the clear. All I want is closure and a statement that the process is complete (and my card will not be charged).
All in all though, I am happy with my new monitor and very happy that they followed through on their warranty. It seems that most companies find any excuse to not follow through.
Update: Submitted a RMA request as instructed by the manufacturer and am currently waiting to hear back.
Great monitor for the price, however, within a month of having it, a cluster of pixels have died in the center of the monitor, leaving an obnoxious white spot that you can't get rid of. Considering how fast it appeared, I imagine more will be on their way out soon.
5 Stars By M. M. OCallaghan on 2017-08-15
So glad I bought this monitor......
I bought this monitor to use with my MacBook Pro, which is running MacOS Sierra. So happy with this purchase!!! Installation was simply. I plugged my monitor in, using the HDMI port. It was immediately recognized by my Mac. I only had to check the "mirror" box in the "System Preferences" and I was up and running. I didn't have to mess with the resolution settings, at all. It works, looks beautiful, and is just wide enough to easily allow for two pages /documents on your screen, without using the "split screen" feature.
I usually buy ViewSonic monitors, for my employer, so I naturally gravitated toward this brand. The monitors at my office usually last a very long time. After reading reviews, I found that ViewSonic is one of the best and cheapest brands for monitors.
I'm very happy with my purchase.
Keep in mind that if you are plugging this into a MacBook, you will probably need a mini-display port, to HDMI cord. I bought mine on 2DayDeliver for $10. It is the Benfei 4k Mini Displayport to HDMI 6' cable; https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0146N8BDO/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 There are other ones to choose from, but this one works easily. It is a cord, not an adapter. Just plug the HDMI end (big end) into your monitor and the mini-display port (small end) into your MacBook. There are other brands, but this one had good reviews and seems to be a good quality product.
4 Stars By Robert J. Paulsen on 2014-08-18
3-Way comparison of Sub-$200 monitors
What I was looking for was a decent monitor with 'good blacks' and 'clear text' even when the brightness & contrast are turned up. I like a relatively bright screen, but I want my black background to look like the monitor is turned off. I use Photoshop for solely for fixing up photos of my kids, so I'm not professional. I causally play FPS games once an a while, but I'm not hard-core. I mostly use my machine for coding, word documents, etc.
I had the following monitors hooked up all at once: an Acer K242HL-LED, an ASUS VN247H-P and the View Sonic VX2452MH. They are all the same price range give-or-take a fist full of dollars.
The Acer was terrible. The 'blacks' were mostly gray and the text looked terrible. The ASUS was much better than the Acer, but it was hard to get good blacks and good contrast. I spent some time messing around with the settings but never had a satisfactory configuration.
I was about to write how bad the ghosting is and was surprised it was so bad on a 2ms monitor -- particularly bad when you drag a window around with dark text on a blue-ish background (think Office 2003/SSMS). Then I remembered seeing an option for "Response Time" in the settings. I just changed it from the default of "Ultra Fast" to "Standard" and there is no ghosting at all.
The ViewSonic is not as nice as the previous version (which I've paired this one with). The buttons for the OSD are physical buttons where as the previous version used a touch-sensitive bevel.
The ViewSonic is by far the winner of these three and is a good buy once you've configured it correctly.
on 2017-12-26 Great value and beautiful
As other users have stated, buttons on the bottom right corner are difficult to use. I use both hands so I don't have to move between buttons. They are mounted on the back side of the monitor.
I paired two of these with the WALI desk stand.WALI Free Standing Dual LCD Monitor Desk Mount Fully Adjustable Fits Two Screens up to 27", 22 lbs per Arm Capacity, With Optional Grommet Base (WL-MF002)
No stuck pixels yet. These are TN panels, which for this size monitor it can be a problem unless the monitor is angled just right. For the price definitely worth it. For twice the price you can get IPS displays.
Oh and the default settings are poor! At the moment I'm using a contrast of 70, brightness 90, with custom color levels R/G/B 93/90/90. I like my colors on the warm side. Display may still be too bright.
5 Stars By Ryan W. on 2017-03-16
Excellent monitors for gaming and everyday use
These monitors provide great picture for everyday use, and fast response time for gaming. I'm very happy with my purchase!
I have these mounted on an EZM Deluxe Triple Monitor Free Standing Mount Stand. They were easy to take the stands off and mounted right to the mount with ease
5 Stars By Doug I. on 2016-10-08
Excellent gaming monitor!
This has been a great monitor! No ghosting, fast refresh, deep blacks, great stand, no dead pixels. Love it so much I had to get an RX480 to unlock FreeSync and see its full potential. :) The only issue I've had is the cable holder wouldn't attach to the stand, and after repeated attempts at installing it, I accidentally broke it. It has been tough getting a replacement part from ViewSonic (still don't have it). However, this is a minor inconvenience. All-in-all, a great monitor, and would buy it again in a heartbeat.
EDIT: Once ViewSonic support responded to my report of the broken cable holder, they sent me a replacement part within two days.
I was able to get the cable holder installed in the new stand, and there is a bit of a trick to it. First, push the cable holder loop against the stand so that the hook goes into the hole in the stand (Step 1). The cable holder will be loose in your hand. Then, move the cable holder up so that the loop is parallel to the floor (Step 2). DO NOT push the cable holder in far enough so that it catches on the metal piece inside the stand. Again, there should be no resistance; it will just be loose in your hand. Then, push the cable holder directly downwards towards the floor, with no twisting motion (Step 3). It will click into place with a soft click. The entire "striped" portion of the cable holder will remain outside of the stand; there are no plastic tabs or anything that click into place. This is what confused me the first time, and caused me to break it. I "torqued" it trying to get the the plastic tab to click into place.
The steps are hard to describe, but I hope this helps someone else get this piece installed.
4 Stars By C. Weaver on 2016-11-10
Not Quite As Good As I'm Used To...
Got this ViewSonic to replace an 19" Viewsonic on my main gaming system. (i7-4790, 16 gigs RAM, GTX-1060 6 gigs GDDR5 RAM) The old monitor ran at 1366x768 and I decided to go to a higher res monitor to match my new graphics card. The installation went Ok. I switched from a VGA cable which went thru a adapter to a straight DVI cable from monitor to card which was included in the box with the monitor. After hooking up all the connections, I cranked up the monitor and booted up the OS. Win 10 loaded the normal default driver that it always loads and the system booted on up. The first thing I noted was the picture seemed to be a bit "washed out" in appearance. I also had to change my font size in Windows from 9 to 12 so I could read the on screen text better. (I've never had a monitor with this resolution before and I think some of my problems may be getting adjusted to the larger screen surface.) I then installed new drivers downloaded from ViewSonic that were for Win 10 64-bit as that's what I am running and install them. To my dismay this didn't seem to help out at all at first. Then after fooling around a bit I found that Win 10 had not used the drives from ViewSonic but was still using it's default drivers. I switched the drivers over to the one intended for the monitor and it looked much better. I tried a few games on it and the picture was great and it really performed well here. I had gotten this monitor mainly to use on a gaming system and it really did a good job there. The only think I can say is this monitor is great in games but leave a bit to be desired when using it from the desktop. Getting the drivers right did help but the desktop picture is not quite up to the old ViewSonic 19" monitor I was using. But I must admit it come very, very, close!