Conclusion and Awards

Three years ago, I purchased my first 24" LCD, the Dell 2405FPW. It was on sale, so I got it at an absolute steal: only $1000! (Regular price was $1350 at the time.) Three years later, you can now find even better LCDs for roughly half that price. That's one of the great benefits of LCD technology over CRTs: prices may have started out higher, but they are dropping rapidly into much more affordable ranges. 21/22" CRTs seemed to bottom out at around $500 for years before they finally started to disappear altogether. There are still users that prefer the CRT experience, but after my upgrade three years ago I have never looked back.

Our roundup today examined five recent LCD introductions from different companies. Combine that with the 24" LCDs we've reviewed previously and we now have a good basis for ranking the current LCDs. If you're looking for a one-size-fits-all solution, unfortunately we cannot come up with a single recommendation. The 24" LCD market has split into two segments. On the one hand, we have S-PVA panels that provide great colors and viewing angles but struggle with input lag, and on the other hand we have TN panels that may not offer the most accurate colors but they have no discernible input lag (at least when compared to other LCDs). We are not bothered by input lag, but competitive gamers depend on every potential advantage they can get, so 20 or 40 ms can and will make a difference. We will therefore select what we feel is the best LCD for each of these markets.

In terms of overall performance, quality, and features, one LCD rises above the others. The Dell 2408WFP looks the same as the 2407WFP, but it offers additional input options, an improved color gamut, and amazing color accuracy even without calibration. Dell has become the 800-pound gorilla of the LCD market, offering great products at very affordable prices. The 2408WFP may not be the cheapest LCD on the market, but if we had to choose one 24" LCD that would satisfy virtually all users, it's an easy choice. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect scorecard is the 38 ms input lag. That's enough to prevent the 2408WFP from receiving our Gold Editors' Choice award, but it's still worthy of our Silver Editors' Choice. If you're not an extremely competitive FPS gamer, this 24" LCD belongs on the top of your list.

For gamers, determining the best TN-based 24" offering is a bit more difficult. There are plenty of LCDs we have not reviewed, but we've seen enough that we feel comfortable in making a recommendation. The Samsung 2493HM and Gateway FHD2400 are the two favorites, and choosing between them can be pretty subjective. Samsung offers better overall color accuracy, but we figure users interested in color accuracy are already going to want an S-PVA panel, and we really like the design and appearance of the Gateway FHD2400. Thus, we are happy to give the Gateway FHD2400 our Bronze Editors' Choice award. For a price of only $450, you don't even need to compromise on input options or other features.

This is not to say that other LCD options are not worth considering. All of the 24" LCDs we've reviewed so far are at worst decent quality, and several can easily compete with our Editors' Choice recipients. The LaCie 324 for example is a professional monitor at a professional price; it's not something we would recommend for casual users, but imaging professionals and users in the desktop publishing industry might be swayed by its feature set. Depending on pricing, some of the other LCDs might become more or less interesting.

Unfortunately, we're still missing our "one ring to rule them all". [Ed: …and in the dorkness bind them?] What we'd really like to see is a single LCD that can combine the best aspects of the Dell 2408WFP with low input lag, and it might be interesting to see a glossy S-PVA panel as an option from one of the manufacturers. A lot of us still prefer matte finishes, but at least one of the editors has been swayed to the dark side by the Gateway FHD2400. If there is an inherent trait of S-PVA panels that causes input lag, another alternative we would be very interested in seeing is a 24" S-IPS panel. Considering our 30" HP LP3065 uses an S-IPS panel and matches the TN panels in input lag, that could be the perfect solution. We're sure there are plenty of users out there that would even pay extra money for such an LCD.

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  • Basilisk - Friday, May 02, 2008 - link

    Ditto. But I expect Hanns is too low-priced to send a review sample. [Sigh.] Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 02, 2008 - link

    A request email has been sent to Hanns.G; whether they'll respond is anyone's guess. :-) Reply
  • benno - Thursday, May 01, 2008 - link

    I've got nothing better to do so I thought I'd point out there are two errors on the first page of this article. You Americans are as bad as us Aussies when it comes to butchering the English language :) Reply
  • benno - Thursday, May 01, 2008 - link

    HA! One of them just got fixed... Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, May 01, 2008 - link

    Sorry - speech recognition misses some stuff like "to" vs. "two" vs. "too". Since I'm also the copy editor and have been trying to finish up this article for the past two weeks, I admit to being a bit lazy about doing final proofing. Whine in the comments and I'll be sure to correct the errors. Figured most people would be more interested in getting the article than in getting 100% correct English. :D Reply
  • wordsworm - Sunday, May 04, 2008 - link

    Why don't you guys and daily tech split on a proof reader? Surely a proofreader would be able to catch all the errors without much problem. Reply
  • benno - Thursday, May 01, 2008 - link

    No worries. I didn't really care I just had nothing better to do. Maybe I should start a hobby... Reply
  • GaryJohnson - Friday, May 02, 2008 - link

    There's always kangaroo tipping. Reply
  • niva - Monday, May 05, 2008 - link

    No, you don't tip those things, they'd f u up if you try. Reply

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