ViewSonic’s brand new VA2448-LED is a fairly typical example of a budget 24in, Full HD monitor. It has a tilt-only stand and VGA and DVI inputs. That’s about as far as the list of physical features extends – there are no built-in speakers, no USB hub or other extras, and no HDMI input. Most PCs have a DVI output, and if you want to connect HDMI devices such as a games console you can use an inexpensive HDMI to DVI cable, as the VA2448-LED supports HDCP.
Our only gripe is that ViewSonic includes a VGA cable in the box, instead of DVI. The power supply is built in, and all ports are rear facing. This makes it much easier to connect cables than on monitors with ports that face down; it may look neater, but they’re a pain to get to.
We weren’t particular fans of the VA2448-LED’s design. The gloss black plastic and bevelled edges don’t look particularly modern, but the addition of a triangular scoop on the bottom edge differentiates it slightly from the sea of other gloss black displays. A blue LED casts a faint glow in the scoop, but it’s only really noticeable in very dim lighting.
Although the controls are mounted on the rear of the right-hand edge, they are at least proper buttons. Regular readers will know how we much we dislike most touch-sensitive controls due to the fact that there’s nothing to feel for when your eyes are focused on the on-screen menus, and touch-sensitive systems can also be quite sluggish to respond.