Introduction

Most people like to get as much information as possible when it's time to purchase and new, relatively expensive item. Unless you have money to throw around, you typically don't want to overpay for something that underperforms. That's where roundups of a product category can be particularly useful; unfortunately, it's not always easy to get all of the products in one place in order to put together such a roundup. What started as a review of a couple new 24" LCDs eventually grew into what you see here: a comparison of five of the most recent 24" LCDs to hit the market... that we were able to acquire. Note the qualification at the end of that sentence; there are still plenty of 24" LCDs that we have not yet reviewed, but for now we'll take what we can get. Besides, trying to put together all of the information for this article took enough time as it is.

We've discussed LCD panel technologies in the past, and we've often had negative comments for TN panels in particular. The biggest problem with TN panels is that they have far more limited viewing angles, often to the point where a minor adjustment in where you're sitting can affect what you see on the display. However, it just may be that there are benefits to TN panels as well. Look at most specifications and you will find lower response times advertised for TN panels than for competing PVA and IPS panels. Perhaps the biggest advantage for TN panels, however, is price. As the original LCD technology, TN panels have had a long time to mature and manufacturers are far more comfortable with them. Thus, it's little surprise that the prices are usually lower than what we find on S-PVA panels.

It used to be that all 24" LCDs used S-PVA panels, but that has begun to change during the past year. Cost has certainly been an important factor, but regardless we're beginning to see more and more 24" TN-based LCDs. Of the five new LCDs we're reviewing today, three use TN panels while two continue to use S-PVA panels. The latter do indeed cost more, but they also target a different market. Where the TN-based LCDs are intended for the consumer market, the S-PVA LCDs generally target the professional market.

We have a ton of information to cover in this article, so let's get to it. We're going to let the images do the talking for a lot of the areas we normally dwell on, and focus primarily on any noteworthy items that may not be immediately apparent. Also, feel free to consult our short glossary of terms that we use in our display reviews before continuing.

ASUS MK241H Specifications and Appearance
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  • Basilisk - Friday, May 2, 2008 - link

    Ditto. But I expect Hanns is too low-priced to send a review sample. [Sigh.] Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 2, 2008 - link

    A request email has been sent to Hanns.G; whether they'll respond is anyone's guess. :-) Reply
  • benno - Thursday, May 1, 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 1, 2008 - link

    HA! One of them just got fixed... Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, May 1, 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 4, 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 1, 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 2, 2008 - link

    There's always kangaroo tipping. Reply
  • niva - Monday, May 5, 2008 - link

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

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