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The Best 24-Inch Monitors

The Best 24-Inch Monitors

Denis Leskovets

Denis Leskovets

Productivity Optimization Geek

The P2419HC offers high adjustability, reliable 1080p resolution, and immersive connectivity including USB-C at a good value.

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The P2419HC is only a 1080p panel, but we are sticking with it for our top pick because of its reliability to display programs correctly in Windows. If you work with MacOS or can manually scale Windows programs, consider upgrading to our 2K or 4K pick for a significantly crisper image.

Height adjustability can help alleviate neck craning and improve posture over time. USB-C with 65W Power Output makes simultaneous charging and image transfer a breeze from a USB-C MacBook or Windows laptop.

The IPS panel presents wide viewing angles and full colors. Thin bezels and a compact base save on space making it compatible with tight setups. Also USB 3.0 and ComfortView help with cable management and eye-strain. The P2419HC wraps itself in a sleek package that is pleasant to look at.

Built-in speakers are nowhere in sight, and although monitor speakers typically sound lousy, they can be a viable backup. The 250 nits of brightness is satisfactory for a common room, but we are left wanting more in situations where sunlight or bright lights reflect off the monitor. And while the monitor’s fast 5 ms response time mode is suitable for gaming, it is not recommended for anything competitive.

The VH240a offers best features for the price including a matte IPS display and built-in speakers.

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Our top pick goes to the HP VH240a for being a great all-arounder for the budget. The height adjustment, tilt, and swivel functionality help attain good posture during use, particularly improving neck craning by offering a higher line of sight than competing units. Picture quality is crisp, thin bezels make multi-monitor setups less obtrusive, and the matte IPS panel has good viewing angles and absorbs external light to reduce eye strain.

While 250 nits of brightness is the current industry standard for most monitors, it is not enough brightness for very bright surroundings. The weak speakers are not ideal for a permanent listening solution and should be treated as backup. A lack of external connectivity can be a deal-breaker if you are looking for a minimal wire setup like running a single USB-C/Thunderbolt cable to a laptop for power and image.

The 24MD4KL-B has best in class 4K. All whistles, all work, but priced accordingly.

The link above is for an Amazon Renewed listing. In this case, we recommend the renewed route due to the sizable price difference and the unit being double tested for dead pixels. For the new listing, click here.

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The crème de la crème of monitors designed for MacOS in mind. The resemblance to Apple products is clearly shown with the exclusion of HDMI and DisplayPort. It’s “minimalist”. While the 24MD4KL-B UltraFine (who names these things?) is designed with MacOS compatibility in mind, it will work with Windows. However Windows is funky with display scaling. Even at the time of writing, applications like Quickbooks in Windows have issues displaying text properly.

The crème de la crème of monitors designed for MacOS in mind. The resemblance to Apple products is clearly shown with the exclusion of HDMI and DisplayPort. It’s “minimalist”. While the 24MD4KL-B UltraFine (who names these things?) is designed with MacOS compatibility in mind, it will work with Windows. However Windows is funky with display scaling. Even at the time of writing, applications like Quickbooks in Windows have issues displaying text properly.

MacOS, professional grade, color intense, workflow. If that incomplete sentence describes you, this monitor is your answer. From P3 color accuracy to high brightness levels, this is yet another investment into a photographers, videographer, vlogger, editor, color corrector, simply-want-the-bestor’s arsenal. This monitor stops at no technical restraints and the investment cost is reflective as such.

The P2415Q features 4K and the essentials. Our pick for users on a budget, but need 4K.

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4K monitor on a budget? Yes, but no bells and whistles. The Dell P2415Q is an older monitor that can still perform. It delivers 4K, good colors, brighter than average display on a matte IPS panel, and fair connectivity options. However the age is starting to settle in and there can be slight nuances like having to adjust settings to get the 60Hz refresh rate. No fancy tricks but it gets the job done.

The S2417DG gives a visual upgrade over 1080p and also packs a punch in pro gaming.

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1ms advertised response time, 2560 x 1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, and a competitive price. The Dell S2417DG plays in a high league, especially considering it’s NVIDIA G-Sync capabilities. 350 nits brightness is 100 nits more than the industry average and the matte coating absorbs harsh external light. TN panels do not have the best color accuracy, but are superior in refresh rates and response times, the preferred metrics for gamers. However most gamers can obtain satisfactory colors with adjustments in the monitor and graphics card settings. Note that some gamers report a realistic 2ms-3ms response time during actual gaming.

The P2418HZ makes video calls a breeze with a built-in HD camera and dual microphones.

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If video calling is your thing, this one’s for you. The display itself is comparable to our top pick, with slightly thicker bezels, a marginally slower refresh rate, and no USB-C. On the flipside, there are two features that can make up for the losses, the built-In Full HD “Webcam” and Windows Hello. Windows Hello uses the infrared sensor to unlock your desktop in a matter of seconds. The basics of this technology are similar to iPhone’s Face Unlock feature. Two noise-cancelling microphones are also integrated into the monitor so no additional equipment is required to have a good video chat experience upon setup.