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Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:14:05 pm »
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Best Reviewed Flicker Free 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors

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My recommendations are based off of testing more than 60 monitors and reading in-depth reviews from over fifteen reviewers across the realm.  Monitor Review Archive.

Best Monitor Review Sites: Monitor Review Resource Center

Many monitors not found in this thread likely perform well, but it makes more sense to buy well reviewed monitors, and I like having sources to refer to, even though I do not always agree with them.

If a monitor is not mentioned it is because it has not been reviewed properly, been reviewed at all or is mediocre.  All monitors suffer from regular quality control issues: back-light bleeding and pixel issues (dead and stuck pixels).

Recommendations are PWM or Flicker Free:

I do not recommend monitors which use low LED PWM Dimming frequencies since they ruin motion clarity and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects.

<1mm Thin Black Vertical Lines:

An issue shared by a few other 24" 1080p IPS/PLS panels is the presence of <1mm thick vertical black lines which span from top to bottom of the panel when viewing some light colors such as light blue and orange. Despite having gamed on the 24 Envy for dozens of hours and looking at dozens of screen shots I did not notice the lines until the issue was pointed out to me by Magical Chicken here. After noticing the vertical lines they cannot be unseen, however I do not find them to be problematic for my uses (frequent console gaming), but this does not mean that others will notice or not notice the lines; results may vary.

PC Monitors also noticed the vertical black lines on the following monitors:

AOC i2481FXH Review by PC Monitors
Viewsonic VP2468 Review by PC Monitors
« Last Edit: February 12, 2019, 01:56:44 am by NCX »

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Re: Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 10:26:21 pm »
Best Glossy Monitors

The semi-glossy Dell S2418H (75hz with AMD Free-Sync), almost-glossy/Low Haze coated Dell S2419H*, HP 25er/25es (non-overclock-able 2016 models; they're the same aside from the casing color), 25CW/25XW (2015 models; they're the same aside from the casing color) and semi-glossy HP 24 Envy (75hz with AMD Free-Sync) are the best glossy monitors.  The HP 25er/es are slightly more accurate than the CW/XW monitors, but can not overclock, and their contrast, along with the 25-27 CW/XW monitors needs to be turned down to 75 from 80 to get rid of the green tint when viewing light grey shades such as those found in the Lagom White Saturation Test

The Dell S2418H and HP 24 Envy use a semi-glossy coating which looks a bit washed out under bright lighting, and is best used with bias lighting, or lights placed behind the display*.  The HP has slightly better image quality (full sRGB color space coverage >99% vs 93-94% for the Dell) and comes with a VESA adapter.

HP 24 Envy with ceiling light vs HP 24 Envy with bias light (light placed behind the display).  Images are from my Steemit article Display Brightness & Room Lighting: The Importance Of LightYouTube Version.

The Dell S2419H and HP 24 Envy suffer from the following issue:

Quote from: PC Monitors
Some models display static interlace patterns, not linked to motion and observed when the monitor is simply displaying a static image as well. Some shades may appear as faint horizontal bands of a slightly lighter and slightly darker version of the intended shade. We did observe static interlace patterns on this model, with some light and medium blue, yellow and orange shades in particular showing this. The horizontal bands were reasonably faint and not everyone would notice or find them bothersome. Curiously, if you reduced the refresh rate to 50Hz they became even more faint. Increasing the refresh rate much beyond 60Hz (refer to a note on ‘overclocking’ in the next section) made these extremely obvious.
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Re: Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2018, 10:31:35 pm »
Best Matte Monitors


The AOC i249PXQU, AOC 24V2Q (48-75hz AMD Free-Sync; set gamma to mode 2 to prevent black crush), Asus VZ249H (set the overdrive or Trace Free setting to 20 to eliminate overshoot ghosting), Dell U2417HA (it has better image quality but slightly more overshoot ghosting than the U2414H, HP, LG and Philips monitors), Dell U2417J, Eizo EV2451,  LG 24MP68VQ-P  (48-75hz AMD Free-Sync), LG 24MK600 (48-75hz AMD Free-Sync but is very washed out due to the low preset gamma), iiyama XUB2492HSU-B,1 Philips 246E7QDSW and Philips 257E7QDSB are the best matte options.

In order of best to least best of the best (based on Belgium Hardware and/or other reviews if possible), the Eizo EV2451, Philips 257E7QDSB (set Smart Response from Off to Fast for the best gaming or overdrive performance), Philips 246E7QDSW (better gamma accuracy vs AOC),  AOC i249PXQU (better RGB level, but slight black crush inducing gamma which is too high) and iiyama XUB2492HSU-B1 offer the best image quality of the bunch along with the Dell U2417HA, but the Eizo and Dell can cost significantly more in some countries.
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Re: Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2018, 10:32:10 pm »
Correct Display Height=Reduced IPS/PLS Glow

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Re: Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 10:35:34 pm »
Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting

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Re: Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2018, 10:40:40 pm »
Acer

Acer RT240Ybmid

Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware

The RT240Ybmid uses an accurate matte panel which can cover 94% of the sRGB color space out of the box which is a great but not outstanding result, and it has fast pixel response times and mostly accurate color presets aside from the gamma which is a little low.

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Re: Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2018, 10:41:52 pm »
AOC

AOC i2473PWY

It has good image quality and competitive pixel response times, but has a 12.6ms delay while the others can be considered delay free.

Review by PC Monitors

AOC PDS241

Measurements and Review by Hardware Info
 Review by Trusted Reviews

Accurate semi-wide gamut matte IPS with only 1x HDMI.

AOC 259 IPS

It has worse image quality than the Acer G257HL and Philips 257E7QDSB, but offers similar gaming performance.

Review by Playwares

AOC i248FXH

Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware
Review by PC Monitors

AOC i247PXQU

Matte with height adjustable stand and USB ports.

Review by Belgium Hardware and Measurements by Belgium Hardware

AOC i2490PXQU

Matte with height adjustable stand and USB ports.

Review by Belgium Hardware and Measurements by Belgium Hardware

AOC 24V2Q

Review by Playwares

Matte 1080p LG AH-IPS with AMD Free-Sync and native 75hz.  The AOC suffers from high preset gamma (>2.53 average out of the box) which causes black crush (loss of detail with dark colors and shades, as well as color and shade dulling), but the gamma can be reduced by setting the Gamma to Mode to for 2.24 average gamma.

AOC 24B1

Review by Playwares

Matte 1920x1080 LG AH-IPS with HDMI and VGA, fairly accurate color presets, typical 60hz gaming performance (negligible or <3ms lag and balanced overdrive with no overshoot) and barely average contrast under 800:1.
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Re: Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2018, 10:55:00 pm »
Asus

Asus VZ249H

Review by Playwares

Set the overdrive (Trace Free) setting to 20 to prevent obvious overshoot ghosting caused by the default setting (Trace Free 60).
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Re: Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2018, 12:18:34 am »
BenQ

BenQ GW2480

Review by IT Hardware PL (Set gamma to 4)
Review by Les Numeriques (gamma 1)

Matte 1920x1080 IPS with Displayport, HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  It's fairly accurate but has low sRGB color space coverage compared to the best options, and has high preset gamma which averages around 2.4, but can be improved by changing the Gamma.


BenQ BL2480T

Review by PRAD

Matte 1920x1080 IPS with Displayport, HDMI, VGA and a height adjustable stand.  It's fairly accurate but has high preset gamma which averages around 2.4 and can only cover up to 92% of the sRGB color space which is a bit below average for a budget 1080p IPS/PLS monitor.
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2018, 12:20:59 am »
Dell

Dell P2414H

Matte with height adjustable stand and USB ports.

Review by TFT Central
Review by PC Monitors


Dell P2417H

Matte with height adjustable stand and USB ports.

Low glow panel with less vibrant and accurate colors than some newer competitors since it can only cover around 90% of the sRGB color space. Owners have also reported that it suffers from obvious overshoot ghosting on certain transitions (purple overshoot on white & grey background), and but Dell is in denial or does not seem interested in the issue according to user interactions with Dell Customer Service on their forums.

Review by Daywalker


Dell S2415H

Glossy.  Review by PC Monitors


Dell U2414H

Matte with height adjustable stand and USB ports.  2013 monitor with <91% sRGB color space coverage resulting in less vibrant and accurate color than the best options.

Review by =DEAD=
Review by PC Monitors
Review by TFT Central


Dell U2417J

Matte with height adjustable stand and USB ports.

Review by TFT Central]


Dell U2417HWI

Matte with height adjustable stand and USB ports.

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)

The HWI uses an 8 bit Samsung LTM238HL01 PLS panel which can only cover 88-90% of the sRGB color space while many of the newer 2016 panels can cover >93-100% of the sRGB color space which means that they can display colors more accurately and vibrantly.


Dell U2417HA

Matte with height adjustable stand and USB ports.

Review by PC Monitors
Review by PRAD
Review by TFT Central

The U2417HA [Samsung LTM238HL04 PLS; not sure about the bit depth since different claims (6 bit +FRC vs 8 bit) exist] has an extended color space and better image quality than most 1080p IPS/PLS along with the 25" panels, LG 24MP68VQ-P and Philips 245C5QHAB, but it uses a PLS panel with a stronger matte coating than competing IPS panels. The unit PRAD and TFT Central (before revision change) both have around a frame of input lag.


Dell S2418H

Semi-glossy (same coating as the HP 24 Envy which looks washed out under bright lighting) with 24-75hz AMD Free-Sync.  Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)


Dell S2419H

Almost-Glossy/Low haze coated 6 bit +FRC LG AH-IPS panel with excellent preset color accuracy and gaming performance (balanced overdrive and negligible input lag) for a 60hz AHVA/IPS/PLS panel.  It is not VESA compliant, does not support Free-Sync, and suffers from very obvious interlaced artifacts when overclocked above 60hz (71hz=max without frame skipping):

Quote from: PC Monitors
Some models display static interlace patterns, not linked to motion and observed when the monitor is simply displaying a static image as well. Some shades may appear as faint horizontal bands of a slightly lighter and slightly darker version of the intended shade. We did observe static interlace patterns on this model, with some light and medium blue, yellow and orange shades in particular showing this. The horizontal bands were reasonably faint and not everyone would notice or find them bothersome. Curiously, if you reduced the refresh rate to 50Hz they became even more faint. Increasing the refresh rate much beyond 60Hz (refer to a note on ‘overclocking’ in the next section) made these extremely obvious.

Review by PC Monitors
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2018, 02:14:53 am »
Eizo

Eizo FS2434

Review by Extra Hardware

Review by PRAD


Eizo EV2450

Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware
Review by TFT Central

Very accurate and fully adjustable matte 1920x1080 LG AH-IPS with Displayport, Dual-Link DVI, 2x USB 3.0, VGA and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.


Eizo EV2451

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware

Very accurate and fully adjustable matte 1920x1080 LG AH-IPS with Displayport, Dual-Link DVI, 2x USB 3.0, VGA and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2018, 02:20:46 am »
HP

HP 25CW

Almost-Glossy. It's the same as the 25XW aside from the back casing.

HP 25XW

Almost-Glossy and overclock-able to 75hz.  Review by NCX (archived version). 

HP 25er

Almost Glossy; it's the same as the 25es, but the back of the case is black. Review by NCX

HP 25es

Almost Glossy; it's the same as the 25er, but the back of the case is white.  Review by NCX

HP 24 Envy

Almost-Glossy with native 75hz and AMD Free-Sync.  Review by NCX (archived version)

The 24 Envy has slightly less accurate preset gamma (2.3 average) than the 25er/es and 27XW, which results very minor black crush of dark colors and shades, and minor over-saturation of some light shades.  The 24 Envy also has slightlyhigher sRGB color space coverage resulting in slightly more vibrant colors than most 1080p IPS/PLS panels after calibration. The 24 Envy does not need to have its contrast reduced from 80 to 75 like the 25-27 CW/er/es/XW. Set the Overdrive (Response Time Setting under Image Control) to Level 2 (Fast).

The coating the 24 Envy uses is also slightly different; the coating is a mix between an almost-glossy and semi-glossy coating.  Under bright lighting the 24 Envy looks a bit washed out compared to the 25-27 CW/er/es/XW monitors, but is also slightly less reflective. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2018, 02:24:28 am »
iiyama

iiyama XUB2492HSU-B1

Matte with height adjustable stand and USB ports.  Review & Test Results by Hardware Info NL.

iiyama T2454MSC-B1AG

Matte touch screen with 94.6% sRGB color space coverage and a 9ms delay (top screen Leo Bodnar device measurement).

 Review & Test Results by Hardware Info NL.


iiyama XUB2493HS-B1

Review by IT Hardware Poland

Fully adjustable matte 1920x1080 IPS with Displayport, HDMI, 2x 2W speakers, VGA, and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The iiyama can't fully cover the sRGB color space (87.6% coverage) and has low preset gamma resulting in very washed out colors.
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Re: Best 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2018, 02:26:11 am »
LG

LG 24MB56HQ

Review by PRAD

Matte.

LG 24MP58VQ-P

Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware


Matte.

LG 24MP68VQ-P

Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware

Matte with 40-75hz AMD Free-Sync.

LG 24MP88HV

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)

Matte. 

LG 24MP59G

Review by Rtings

The LG uses a matte 1080p IPS panel with a perceived black depth glossy black bezel, an inner black bezel, Displayport, HDMI, VGA, 40-75hz AMD free-Sync (DP & HDMI), 75hz back-light strobing (Motion Blur Reduction or MBR) and 3.5mm Audio Out.  It suffers from an obvious preset red tint, but has failry accurate gamma and average sRGB color space coverage which peaks at 93%.

LG 24MK600

Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware

Matte 1080p IPS with AMD Free-Sync (48-75hz range), a perceived black depth decreasing fake bezel/frame-less black bezel, 2x HDMI, 1x VGA and a 3.5mm Audio Out.  The 600 is significantly more accurate than the 430 which has very low preset gamma (1.8 average), which causes colors and shades to look very dull and washed out.

LG 24CK550W-3A

Review by PRAD

Fully adjustable matte 1920x1080 IPS with a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel,  Displayport, HDMI, 4x USB 2.0 (side, 2x USB 3.0 (back() and 3.5mm Audio Out & Microphone In (side).  The LG is fairly accurate, but can't fully cover the sRGB color space (90% out of the box versus 95% for the best 24-25" IPS/PLS) and has slightly too low preset gamma.
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