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24 LCD Round-Up: Acer S242HL, Dell U2412M, And Samsung T24A550

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Another batch of monitors just landed. This time, we're sampling 24" screens. If 27" is too big (and too expensive), and 23" is too small, this round-up is just what you need. We put three screens through the usual paces to find a definitive winner.

After a brief hiatus on the display round-ups, we're back. Why? Because, if you're an enthusiast spending big bucks on PC hardware, then you're going to also want a monitor of comparable quality. After all, why would you bother buying a pair of GeForce or Radeon cards if a lackluster screen prevented you from enjoying the highest-quality settings in the latest AAA title?

New LCDs aren't released on a predictable schedule, though, so it's difficult to put together comprehensive line-ups representing the latest and greatest. As such, we're reviewing monitors in smaller batches. This approach has worked pretty well thus far, and we'll continue taking your requests as the come in.

So far, we've covered:


24 LCD Round-Up: Acer S242HL, Dell U2412M, And Samsung T24A550

Based on comments from that last round-up, we're back with 24" LED monitors. This time, our three contenders represent a wider range of prices. We have:

  • Your typical LCD TN-based monitor, Acer's S242HL bid
  • An affordable IPS-based LCD, Dell's UltraSharp U2412M
  • And a multifunction TV/LCD Monitor, Samsung's SyncMaster T24A550


Of the three screens in our comparison, the one we're most interested in is Dell's 24" UltraSharp U2412M. This is the successor to the CCFL-based U2410M, with a LED backlight and an e-IPS panel (more on that in a bit).

We're pitting that model against a typical TN-based monitor and one that performs double duty as a TV. If you're looking slight more display surface than what a 23" screen offers, the interesting results we generated should help shape your choice as you shop for 24"panels.

Brand
Acer
Dell
Samsung
ModelS242HL bid
UltraSharp U2412M
SyncMaster T24A550/T24A350
Panel TypeTNe-IPS
TN
Screen Size24"24"24"
Max Resolution1920x10801920x1200
1920x1080
Aspect Ratio16:916:1016:9
Response Time5 ms8 ms5 ms
Brightness cd/m^2250
300250
Contrast Ratio1000:11000:11000:1
SpeakersNoNoNo
VGA11
1
DVI-D (HDCP)
1
1
-
DisplayPort
-
1
-
HDMI1-
2
TiltNoYesYes
Energy Star-QualifiedYesYes
Yes
Refresh Rate60 Hz60 Hz60 Hz
WarrantyThree-yearThree-yearThree-year

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