ViewSonic VT2430 Specifications
Display: 24″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1 (dynamic)
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Tuner: ATSC, NTSC, QAM
Connectivity: HDMI, VGA, Component, S-Video, Composite
Price: MSRP US$399
ViewSonic, BusinessWire via Engadget: On December 15, 2008, ViewSonic announced its VT2430 LCD TV. It’s a 24″ LCD TV sporting a 1920×1080 pixel format. This is an interesting development as most LCD TVs this size tend to be 23″ and feature a pixel format of 1366×768. On the other hand most LCD monitors that are 24″ in size feature a 1920×1200 pixel format. 24″ LCD monitors are starting to slowly shift toward a 16:9 aspect ratio from 1920×1200 to 1920×1080. So what I am guessing is that ViewSonic used a 16:9 24″ LCD monitor panel, slapped on a tuner and called it a day: the VT2430 was born. This isn’t anything new.
Samsung has been successfully selling its T240HD. Samsung calls it a “HDTV widescreen monitor”. The T240HD is a 24″ LCD TV that sports a 16:9 24″ LCD monitor panel of the TN variety. ViewSonic is doing the same thing here with the VT2430. A TN LCD is a lot cheaper to manufacture, has relatively fast response times but has slightly limited viewing angles. The 1920 x 1080 pixel format is great but there are some areas that lack: 250 cd/m2 is sub-standard for a LCD TV but bright enough for a LCD monitor. The built-in ATSC tuner is required to be called a TV but there is only one HDMI port. So if you’re thinking of using the VT2430 as a TV, say in your bedroom and want to hook up your cable TV and a PS3, you’ll need to figure out which one gets lone the digital connection. I think ViewSonic is targetting those who are thinking of using the VT2430 as your monitor and have the ability to watch some HD (you’ll need to pull some cable cable to your home office). It’s a pretty good price with a MSRP of just US$399.