Best 24-inch LCD Monitors

A Selection Of The Best 24-inch LCDs for a Variety of Tasks and Prices

24-inch LCD panels are now the defacto screen size for desktop computers thanks to their pricing and features. There is still a wide range of prices based on the various features of each monitor. Here are my selections for the best 24-inch LCD computer monitors for a variety of different uses and prices based on my research and experience.

Dell has made some outstanding monitors over the years and they continue this trend with the UltraSharp U2417H. This latest version in their popular lineup brings the Infinity Edge technology for an extremely thin bezel around the display making it great for those looking to use multiple displays together. The IPS display technology still offers some spectacular color even if it is not as high as most professional displays. Video connectors include a mini-DisplayPort, DisplayPort (within or out capabilities) and HDMI. In addition to this, it also includes a four-port USB 3.0 hub. The stand offers a full range of height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments.

24-inch displays continue to get lower and lower in price but they have not yet dropped below $100. The Planar PLL2410W is one of the closest to that mark and offers a good overall value. It uses a standard 23.6-inch display panel with 1920x1080 native resolution typical to most in this size range. It uses a TN bases display technology meaning it is quick but lacks the color and viewing angles of more expensive models but it still works well for most users. Video connectors only include a DVI and VGA connector which may be a problem for those that need to use it with a newer desktop or laptop that frequently use HDMI. The stand only supports tilt adjustments which are to be expected for such a low-cost screen.

Most of the modern LCDs work just fine for PC gaming. Those looking to really get into gaming probably want to have the option of a monitor that is also capable of being used as a 3D display and has slim bezels for use with multiple displays. These are all features that make the ASUS VG248QE a solid choice for a gaming monitor. The 24-inch panel features a native 1920x1080 resolution and a fast 144Hz refresh rate for a smoother image transition. It may not support adaptive refresh rates but most graphics cards have no issues pushing higher frame rates that it is not much of an issue. Connectors are plentiful including DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI. It even features some 2W stereo speakers but most gamers will opt for better headphones or speakers. It does support NVIDIA 3D Vision kit but it requires a separate purchase of the NVIDIA hardware. The stand also offers a wide range of adjustments including height, tilt swivel, and pivot.

The ViewSonic screen dethrones the previous Dell on essentially one major change, the inclusion of HDMI 2.0. This new version of HDMI allows for the full 60Hz refresh rate support with compatible video cards. This was a major problem with the early displays that featured just 30MHz support. Of course, it also has DisplayPort as well for those graphics cards that still don't have HDMI 2.0. The display panel uses a Samsung PLS technology similar to IPS for wide color gamut support. Brightness is a bit lower at 300cd/m^2 but it still is bright enough for most people. It does feature a pair of stereo speakers for those that might want to have them. The stand features full height, tilt, swivel and tilt controls

For the average consumer, the Dell UltraSharp's offer great color and are affordable but if you really want to do professional work, you need a serious display like the NEC EA244UHD-BK. This 23.8-inch display uses an AH-IPS display technology with great backlighting to provide nearly 100% AdobeRGB color support that the other monitors cannot. It may not be as fast or bright as some of the others here but for those needing super accurate color, it is certainly the best. It also supports the 4K resolutions for doing that extremely fine detail work. Some models even include the SpectraViewII color calibration tools. Connectors include DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI. There is a three port USB 3.0 hub built into the display. Adjustments include height, tilt, swivel and pivot.

With the Windows 8 and now Windows 10 operating systems being design around touch interfaces, having a touchscreen display is much more useful than in past operating systems. There are a lot more affordable touchscreen displays now but many have limited quality or multitouch tracking. Planar's Helium (PCT2485) offers a very accurate 24-inch capacitive touchscreen that offers an excellent picture and great multitouch tracking. It features your typical 1920x1080 display resolution. In addition to providing the display, it also has a built-in webcam which is typical of laptops but not desktop screens. Connectors include DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA. The kickstand on the back of the display allows for a wide range of tilt adjustments for easier use with the touch interface.


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