Mar 18 2014 - 24-inch LCD panels are now the defacto screen size for desktop computers thanks to their pricing and features. There are still a wide range of prices based upon 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.
While there are more affordable displays available, all monitors should come at least with one HDMI connector for use with the most common digital display connector. The Acer S241HL is one of the most affordable with the HDMI connector priced around $170. The screen offers a good picture with a modest 250cd/m^2 brightness level. It offers a full 1920x1080 native resolution for 1080p video support and does come with a set of stereo speakers. Connectors include VGA, DVI and HDMI with cables for each of these. The stand only supports tilt adjustments.
Dell has made some outstanding monitors over the years and they continue this trend with the UltraSharp U2412M. This version still uses an IPS based panel for very wide viewing angles but instead uses an LED backlight that helps reduce the power consumption. It should be noted that the color gamut is not as wide as or as bright newer UltraSharp models but this is much more affordable and better as a general purpose for graphics, video and gaming. Unlike most 24-inch displays, it sticks with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1920x1200 resolution. It retains the excellent stand with height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments. Connectors include DisplayPort
, DVI and VGA. It also features a 4 port USB 2.0 hub. Priced around $300.
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 smooth frames rates. 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 <a href="http://compreviews.about.com/od/PC-Gaming/fr/NVIDIA-3D-Vision-Kit.htm">NVIDIA 3D Vision</a> 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. Priced at $270.
With the Windows 8 operating system being design around touch interfaces, having a touchscreen display is much more useful than in past operating systems. There are limited number of options that are affordable for larger screens but this has been improving. Dell's latest multitouch screen offers a new stand that allows the screen to be used like a regular monitor or folded back 60 degrees for an easier time when used exclusively with touch. The display panel is decent with a 1920x1080 resolution that offers a good set of viewing angles important with its wide tilt range. The touchscreen interface uses an optical overlay and supports full 10-point multitouch. Connectors include DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA. A USB port or MHL port can be used for the touch interface data with the PC. Priced around $450.
Many graphics people want monitors with IPS based panels. They provide excellent color and viewing angles. The Dell U2413 is the company's latest monitor targeted at graphics professional that supports 99% of the AdobeRGB color gamut and 100% of the sRGB gamut. Dell even precalibrates the display before it leaves the factory although professionals will still probably want to adjust it. The 24-inch panel offers a 1920x1200 resolution which is a bit higher than your typical 24-inch display. The one downside is that the screen while great for graphics is not well suited for video. It comes with an anti-glare coating that makes it useful for working under florescent office lights. The stand offers a wide range of adjustments including height, tilt, swivel and pivot. Connectors include DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI. A 4-port USB 3.0 hub is also built into the screen. Priced around $600.
With a price of around $1300, this Dell 24-inch display is extremely expensive but pretty much the only option for those that want the ultra high 4K or 3840x2160 resolution in a compact display. It uses the new IGZO display panel from Sharp that offers it exceptional color support with 99% of the AdobeRGB and 100% of the sRGB color gamuts. Brightness is also quite high at 350cd/m^2. This makes it an excellent option for those looking to do professional graphics work. Now it should be noted that to run the display at the 60Hz at the full resolution, you need to use a DisplayPort 1.2 compatible graphics card. There is an HDMI connector as well but it will only run at 30Hz as it is not HDMI 2.0. Other connectors include a second mini-DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 port hub and a media card reader. The display stand offers a full range of tilt, swivel and pivot.