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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.

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

Table Of Content
Best Glossy Monitors
Best Matte Monitors
Correct Display Height=Reduced IPS/PLS Glow
Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting

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), HP 25f (75hz & AMD Free-Sync) 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/F/XW monitors, but the er/es monitors can't 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 HP 25f offers a few improvements over the older HP 25-27 CW/er/es/XW monitors, those being the inclusion of AMD Free-Sync, a native 75hz refresh rate, properly preset contrast (no need to drop the contrast from 80 to 75), faster pixel response times (Response Time Level 4) and vastly higher maximum brightness which makes the 25f suitable for use in very brightly lit environments.  Overall the 25f is slightly less accurate than the 25er and 25es monitors I tested in 2016, has a less accurate color gamut which prevents it from being able to display some colors as accurately as the older models, and the 25f I tested suffered from very obvious back-light bleed in the bottom left corner.

The Dell S2418H, S2419H 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 comes with a VESA adapter, and has slightly better image quality (full sRGB color space coverage >99% vs 93-94% for the Dell) than the Dell S2418 and HP 25f.

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 Light.  YouTube Version.

The Dell S2418H, 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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Best Matte Monitors
The following are the best matte 1080p IPS and PLS listed in alphabetical order.  It can be hard to determine which monitors are truly superior since not all reviewers provide the colorimeter measurements required to prove which displays are best.  I need to see gamma, RGB Level and color space measurements to truly determine the quality of a monitor since most monitors have 99% similar input lag and overdrive (ghosting or pixel response times) performance. 

AOC 24V2Q (48-75hz AMD Free-Sync; set gamma to mode 2 to prevent black crush)
AOC 24G2U (144hz with AMD Free-Sync and back-light strobing)
Asus VG259Q (144hz with AMD Free-Sync and back-light strobing/ELMB)
Asus VZ249H (set the overdrive or Trace Free setting to 20 to eliminate overshoot ghosting)
BenQ GW2480T
Dell U2417HA
Dell U2417J
Dell P2419HC
Eizo EV2451
LG 24MP68VQ-P (48-75hz AMD Free-Sync)
iiyama XUB2492HSU-B1
Philips 246E7QDSW
Philips 257E7QDSB
Philips 241B8QJEB
Samsung S24E650PL

In order of best to least best of the best based image quality wise:

Eizo EV2451
Samsung S24E650PL
Philips 257E7QDSB (set Smart Response from Off to Fast for the best gaming or overdrive performance)
Asus VG259Q
Philips 241B8QJEB
BenQ GW2480T
Philips 246E7QDSW (better gamma accuracy vs AOC i2490PXQU)
Dell P2419HC
AOC i249PXQU (better RGB levels versus the 246E7, but slight black crush inducing gamma which is too high)
iiyama XUB2492HSU-B1

The AOC 242GU is by far the best for gaming since it uses a 144hz panel with AMD Free-Sync and back-light strobing (MBR).

The VP2458 has excellent image quality, but has very high input lag (26.8ms measured by PRAD) which prevents the VP2458 from being a good for 60hz gaming like most of its competitors, but it's still suitable for very casual gaming.  Lastly, while not noted in the review by PRAD, I suspect that the VP2458 suffers from <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 since the rest of the four sided fake bezel or frame-less LG AH-IPS panels do.

Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow

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