ViewSonic VX2475Smhl; An In-Depth Review

ViewSonic covers both ends of the spectrum; it has budget-friendly monitors and professional-grade monitors. In between are reasonably-priced choices that offer good quality, which they’re known for. One good example is their new ViewSonic VX2475Smhl, a 24-inch 4K monitor with the affordable price tag. This screen is proof that you don’t have to spend big for a 4K display, nor do you need those big screens that are recently gaining popularity. How does it stand against the tight competition in 24-inch and 4K monitor category? Let’s all find out in this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

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Who is it for?

The ViewSonic VX2475Smhl is a low-cost 4K monitor, which means it cut many corners to keep its price low. It’s designed for people who don’t want to spend a fortune to watch and experience 4K content and don’t want a very large screen just to get a 4K Ultra HD quality resolution to occupy their whole desk.



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Superb Ultra HD Resolution with SuperCLear PLS Panel Technology

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Sporting a PLS (Plane-Line Switching) panel technology and running 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160p) resolution, the ViewSonic VX2475Smhl has no problem delivering robust colors and deep inky blacks, making colors pop out more and images look more vivid on your screen. It also comes with a handful of features that makes it quite a good deal you don’t want to miss.


Decent Colour Accuracy and Grayscale Performance for All-Around Use

Like many monitors with PLS (Plane Line Switching) panels out there, the ViewSonic VX2475Smhl doesn’t really provide spot-on colour accuracy, but they are not terribly screwed either. Chromaticity test shows that, colors red, green and blue are all outside their corresponding boxes of their ideal CIE coordinates. None of these colors however look neither oversaturated, nor does misalignment of colors cause any tinting. Skin tones look natural and well-defined even Blu-ray films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Colors look sharp while deep black levels help them pop out even more.

The PLS panel also did a good job in grayscale performance. DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test shows, it has no problems displaying light shades of gray. Darkest shades of gray however, look slightly crushed, which means they look black rather than gray. This means shadow details may have minor issues, especially on large high resolution photos.


Fast Response Time and Input Lag for Both Games and Movies

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This ViewSonic 4K monitor runs at 4ms response time (gray-to-gray), fast enough to provide smooth, clean and ghost-free gaming action, even for demanding and big title games such as Grand Theft Auto V on Xbox 360 or Crysis 3 on PC. The panel also provides 11.1ms input lag (the time it takes for the screen to react from the command of the controller, measured by Leo Bodnar Video Signal Lag Tester), which is relatively quick, making it a good choice for fast-action games such as FPS games and racing games. It’s faster than many of its 4K rivals, such as Samsung U28D590D (35.1ms input lag), but a little slower than gaming competition BenQ XL2430T (9.5 milliseconds).

Good Viewing Angle Performance

Viewing angle performance of PLS is the same with IPS, which means it has good viewing angle performance, with colors and luminance staying true from every angle.


Decent Power Consumption with Power Saving Option

This ViewSonic monitor consumes 30W of power at Standard Eco mode, which is on par with its 24-inch rivals such as AOC G2460PG (32 watts) and the BenQ XL2420G (30 watts). Turning to Conserve mode will bring down power consumption to 19W, but causes the screen to look a little dimmer.


With VESA Compliant Mounting Holes for Better Mounting Options

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The backside of the cabinet features four VESA-compliant holes, allowing better mounting options with the use of third-party ergonomic products, or for dual monitor and even multiple monitor mounting options.

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Mounting Options


24-inch monitor is the best fit for dual monitor or even triple monitor setup, as putting two or three of this display side-by-side provides great screen real estate while still leave enough desk space. As a low cost 4Kmonitor, putting two of ViewSonic VX2475Smhl side-by-side means excellent viewing experience both for work and entertainment.

Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (image from Amazon)

The best option out there for dual monitor setup is the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm. This dual monitor stand comes with two independently-adjustable monitor arms that can hold LCD screens up to 27-inch of size each. It's made up of high quality construction, such as polished aluminum, giving it the quality that can last for years. It also comes equipped with the brand's patented technology called Constant Force, which allows the arms to hold the screens in stable and secured fashion, and still allow smooth and easy adjustments and re-positioning.

MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand (image from Amazon)

For people looking for a cheaper alternative for dual monitor setup, there is the MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand. It's a straight forward dual monitor desk mount that can hold two screens side-by-side at once. It doesn’t have the adjustability and ergonomic features of the Ergotron's, but it is good enough to do the job. It comes with very few assembly parts, making setup and assembly a breeze.



Design and Features

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Design wise, there’s nothing spectacular about ViewSonic VX2475Smhl. It’s a simple and straightforward cabinet that almost looks utilitarian.

For its panel, it uses PLS panel technology, which works like the panel technology for top-tier monitors – IPS (In-Plane Switching) but significantly cheaper.  It delivers good color quality and viewing angle performance than the TN (Twisted Nematic) panel. The screen is housed in a 1.9 inches thick cabinet, with 0.85 inches thin glossy black bezels on its edges and weighs around 8.1 lbs.


Buttons and Controls

Underneath the bottom bezel are the four buttons plus a Power switch. They’re however, a bit difficult to reach and identify, as ViewSonic used a black labeling against the black bezel background for the buttons.

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There are size Preset Picture modes to choose from, which includes; Standard, Movie, Game, Web, Text, and Mono modes. For picture settings, it has Brightness, Contrast, and five color adjustments namely sRGB, Bluish, Cool, Native, and Warm. There’s also a User setting that lets you set the saturation levels for colors red, green and blue. There’s also a Low Blue Filter setting to help reduce the risk of eye strain as well as three Eco modes (Standard, Optimize and Conserve).


Next Generation Connectivity Options

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The backside of the cabinet houses the inputs/outputs of the display. It include two HDMI 2.0 ports top future-proof your computer, where one can double as Mobile High Definition (MHL) port to connect your MHL-compatible devices, such as smartphones, tablets, etc.

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There’s also one DisplayPort 1.2 input and a headphone jack.


A Pair of 3W Speakers

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There’s a pair of up-firing 3-W speakers on this monitor. And like most built-in speakers in monitors, we can’t expect much from this speaker. It’s a nice gesture for ViewSonic to have this feature, as it helps save space on our desk. It’s decently loud, but very little bass.


Sturdy Stand with Solid Base, But with Limited Adjustability

The 24-inch monitor is supported by a square black base, providing sturdy and solid support to keep the monitor from wobbling. It comes with a short arm that allows 22° forward tilt and 5° backward tilt, but that’s pretty much it for its adjustability. It doesn’t allow swivel, height, and pivot adjustments.


Tech Specs

Package includes the monitor, Quick Start Guide, resource CD, and HDMI cable. This means you need to supply your own DisplayPort and MHL cables.


Bottom Line

With ViewSonic VX2475Smhl, you get to enjoy 4K image quality in a 24-inch PLS monitor. This means you get sharp imagery, dark inky blacks and rich and vibrant colors all for a very reasonable, if not affordable price. Also, it comes equipped with the latest I/O ports you need for your work desk, including the latest video connector.

It may not come with all the bells and whistles we always expect from 4K monitors, such as a fully adjustable stand and USB ports, and its dark grayscale performance may be a little skewed, and color gamut coverage is limited as well as it lacks the Adobe RGB coverage, but the 4K Ultra HD resolution itself does a fine job in showing 4K content.

All in all, it’s a good deal for anyone looking to save huge amount of money for a mid-sized 4K Ultra HD. Yes it falls short in a lot of areas in terms of specs and features, but it covers all the basic that you need for an all-around and everyday workstation use.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

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