24-inch G-Sync mon­i­tors

WANT G SYNC ON A TIGHT BUD­GET? ED­WARD CH­ESTER CHECKS OUT THE LAT­EST 24IN G SYNC MON­I­TORS

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Want G-Sync on a bud­get? PCTA checks out the lat­est 24in G-Sync mon­i­tors ........

HOW WE TEST

Nvidia’s G-Sync tech­nol­ogy was a rev­e­la­tion when it first ar­rived. In one fell swoop, it made games look and feel bet­ter by not only elim­i­nat­ing the screen­tear­ing that ap­pears when you don’t use V-Sync, but also re­mov­ing the stut­ter­ing in­tro­duced by V-Sync.

Now, ev­ery frame of your game was com­plete, un­bro­ken and de­liv­ered just as soon as it was ready.

It only works with Nvidia GPUs, though, and it also adds a pre­mium. An en­try-level 24-inch 144Hz FreeSync mon­i­tor can be bought for un­der $380 (Acer XF240H), but the cheap­est G-Sync dis­play in this group is the $500 Dell S2417DG.

G-Sync has some ad­van­tages over FreeSync too, not least the fact that it of­ten works at much lower re­fresh rates, mean­ing you don’t nec­es­sar­ily need loads of GPU power. Be­sides, FreeSync sim­ply isn’t an op­tion for GeForce own­ers, so a G-Sync mon­i­tor is the only way to get ac­tive sync. All of which brings us to this group test, for which we’ve grabbed the five cheap­est G-Sync mon­i­tors you can buy.

All th­ese mon­i­tors have sev­eral fea­tures in com­mon. As well as sup­port­ing G-Sync, all of them sup­port Nvidia’s Ul­tra Low Mo­tion Blur (ULMB) fea­ture, which flashes the back­light on and off to re­duce per­ceived mo­tion blur. They also all use 24in TN pan­els, and include fully ar­tic­u­lated stands, while three out of the five have a 1080p res­o­lu­tion and the oth­ers bump up the pixel count to 2,560 x 1,440.

G-Sync is still lim­ited to a max­i­mum of two video in­puts – one Dis­playPort socket and one HDMI – but sev­eral of th­ese mon­i­tors fea­ture other ex­tras such as USB hubs, and some also have the op­tion of an even higher re­fresh rate than 144Hz.

To test the dis­plays, we ran them through our usual process, whereby we as­sess the de­sign, build and fea­tures, then test im­age qual­ity straight out of the box, us­ing a col­orime­ter. We then dive into the dis­play’s menus to as­sess how eas­ily they can be ad­justed, and then test the dis­play again once it’s fully cal­i­brated. Our im­age qual­ity scores are weighted more to­wards out-of-the-box im­age qual­ity, to re­flect the fact that most peo­ple don’t have the tools to prop­erly cal­i­brate a mon­i­tor.

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