Some monitors try to look professional, while others try to look futuristic and cutting edge with intricate sometimes frivolous detailing. Finally we have the group of monitors who try to bring grace to your desktop. These monitors focus on a simplistic style that brings good functionality along with a visible elegance.
This 24 inch model from Viotek is a great example for this type of monitor. With an ultra thin screen that continues all the way to the virtually non existant bezel. This almost floating screen comes with a circular sleek base that pulls you into the image on the screen. With a price around $150 you don’t have to break the bank for a monitor that could find its way to a fancy art exhibit. With a 1920 x 1080 resolution you have full 1080p HD but on the other side in sacrifice for the elegance we lose some of the specs that would make this monitor great for any activity. As we go farther in you realize this is not a gaming monitor, it delivers great images at a relatively slow pace in comparison to what you will find in some other models.
At the end of the day the question is are you willing to play a low price for a gorgeous screen that might not hold up to all your activities but still represents a valuable deal.
Design and Features
You have to keep everything within perspective when it comes to purchasing a monitor and that is what this monitor excels at. A great picture at an affordable price so what do we end up sacrificing? With a 24 inch screen and the super thin bezel you get the full length and width that you expected as opposed to many monitors that claim to be a certain size where you lose a few inches thanks to the space left on the side.
Having a thin bezel is a very attractive way to separate a basic monitor from become a dynamic talking point that looks great displaying anything so you don’t have to search for the perfect image that makes the sides look less junky.
A 1920 x 1080 resolution allows for full HD which is a nice plus to find in a monitor under $200. With a really nice contrast ratio of 2,000,000 to 1 backing it up you are sure to receive beautiful colorful images with vibrant detail. This is not the highest ratio you can find but is quite spectacular for its price range.
A beautiful image is nice and this makes for a great monitor if you want to mount it somewhere and display static images, perfect for something like an art studio though that also leads us into the biggest issues with this monitor. When you put your attention on creating an affordable, stylish, artistic screen you are going to miss on some of the technical aspects that separate the casual from the hardcore.
This is a great monitor visually as long as the images are not moving to fast. That means if you are a gamer you might want to keep looking as when the speed picks up that is when the problems will start to arise. With a 14 millisecond response time you might not catch the slow down every time but depending on how hard you push it you might end up trying to see your way out of a cavern of molasses. It won’t be quite that bad and should be fine for normal computer work are watching shows or movies. However when you get into high paced gaming it will become noticeably apparent that you can’t keep up, and might even become rage inducing.
To follow up with that response time we have a 60 hz refresh rate which is not the worst thing ever, though it is the definition of average. Reaching 60 frames per second on this monitor is possible but it will run smoother settling in at a lower rate. All that being said with it 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio an the rest of its abilities watching that slow stream will still be quite enjoyable. The great thing about focusing on look over technical specifics is that while those issues are not apparent you do get a great looking monitor.
Beyond the domain of speed and clarity we have the utility aspect and this monitor does just about what you would expect considering the rest of the rig. Instead of bringing multiple visual mode for activities like gaming we have a relatively simplistic setup menu that will allow you to get your picture to the right quality, but does not bring much as far as preset customization. On the other hand we have a wide range of connectivity options making this a nice economical monitor for multiple screen set ups. Despite the screen being so thin you still have HDMI and VGA inputs so you can tool around with the setup a bit.
24 VIOTEK HA238 Conclusion
When you are trying to get into the home of value shopping consumers you have to make a choice as far as what you aim to bring. The choice here is quite clear as well as the visuals as this is a monitor all about bringing you some refined, gorgeous, visual clarity to your computing experience. With full HD capabilities and impressive color coverage at around $150 dollars you can’t do much better as far as finding a really good looking screen for cheap. The only issues come into play if you are trying to use this monitor for gaming and of course, you can find much more impressive monitors on our main page.
The slower overall speed might lead to some screen tearing and while it does great with slow paced games as you move into the top of the spectrum you might see some issues. Though a hardcore gamer should be willing to invest heavily in their monitor so they will have already moved on from this review. A great affordable monitor for the casual computer user.