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NEC MultiSync PA242W

NEC MultiSync PA242W-BK Desktop Monitor


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NEC MultiSync PA242W
Asus PA249Q
BenQ GW2450
Asus VG248QE
Hannspree HL249DPB
NEC MultiSync PA242W-BK Desktop Monitor
Asus PA249Q LCD Monitor
BenQ GW2450 Monitor
Asus Vg248qe 3d Monitor
Hannspree HL249DPB Monitor
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Release Date
Sep 2013
May 2013
Dec 2012
Jan 2013
Dec 2013
Screen Size
24.0 inch
24.1 inch
24.0 inch
24.0 inch
23.6 inch
Aspect Ratio
16:10
16:10
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
16:9
Brightness
340.0 cd/m^2
350.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
350.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
Contrast Ratio
1000:1
80000000:1
5000:1
80000000:1
1000:1, 30000000:1 (Dynamic)
Dot Pitch
0.27 mm
0.27 mm
0.276 mm
0.276 mm
0.271 mm
Max. Resolution
1920 x 1200
1920x1200
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Response Time
8.0 ms
6.0 ms
12.0 ms
1.0 ms
5.0 ms
Color Depth
16.7 million
1073.7M
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors
Monitor Type
AH-IPS
AH-IPS
TFT active matrix
LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
LED
Viewable Picture Size
24.1 in.
24.0 in.

  • The NEC MultiSync PA242W-BK 24-inch professional grade monitor is a top performer that's loaded with features and settings options.

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    Displays like the NEC PA242W are expensive, but they also push the boundaries for what a display can do. Technologies like 3D LUTs and more uniform lighting will likely trickle down to more affordable hardware, but it will take time. For now if you want the most accurate, most uniform display that you can buy, you want the NEC PA242W. It's designed with image/video professionals in mind, and it performs admirably.


  • The Asus PA249Q delivers the rich, accurate colors that graphics professionals require and it's jam-packed with features but it has trouble at the dark end of the grayscale, and it's expensive.


  • The BenQ GW2450 is a reasonably-priced 24-inch monitor based on VA (Vertical Alignment) panel technology. It offers robust colors and deep blacks but is short on features.


  • The screen specs are superb and BenQ has managed to make this monitor's response time much faster than typical VA panels.


  • By default the BenQ is very bright, which we found washed out the colours slightly. With a suitably lit room and a little tweaking, colour reproduction is vibrant without being overwhelming. At 178 degrees vertically and horizontally, the viewing angles are likewise pretty good and the matte screen reduces reflections from any direction. Backlight bleed is virtually non-existent and blacks very deep.


  • The Asus VG248QE is a 24-inch gaming monitor featuring a 144Hz refresh rate, a speedy pixel response, and a highly adjustable stand. It's a good performer but could use a few more gamer-centric features.


  • I think most of us will agree that a decent 120-144Hz screen is a rather desirable little gaming panel, minus forking out for an Nvidia 3D Vision bundle. Sure, Asus has got some impressive screen technology in its monitor range, but it needs to get a lot more competitive on the price front given the value on offer from both BenQ and Iiyama at the moment.

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    ASUS are fairly unambiguous in their marketing of the VG248QE on their website, on their printed materials and on the base of the monitor itself. This is designed to be a gaming monitor that delivers a super-responsive experience in fast paced games. With its super-low input lag, very good pixel responsiveness (with configurable overdrive) and 144Hz refresh rate the monitor does deliver a superbly smooth gaming experience.


  • It's very cheap, but this screen's poor default colour accuracy means it needs a colour calibrator to bring out its potential.