For image editors
If your primary use if the editing of images and videos, a colour fidelity is of importance. Aside from that, a neutral colour temperature is quite pleasant, as well as good contrast and good brightness uniformity.
In this test we find eight models with an sRGB-preset, which you would expect to have an accurate representation of that colour space. Remarkably, with the exception of two, nearly all models with that preset have a DeltaE-value of over 3 in sRGB-mode, which means that colour deviations should be visible to the naked eye. The Benq GW2470H is the only one that shows a significant improvement in sRGB-mode compared with the standard mode and stays below 3 in sRGB-mode. The Philips 246E7QDSW performs slightly better in sRGB-mode, but not better than in the normal mode. Looking at all the tested models there are, aside the GW2470H, five models that stay below the bottom value in standard mode. Three of these are manufactured by Samsung.
The best of these is without a doubt the Samsung S24F350FH, with an average DeltaE 2000 deviation of 1.68 for colour and an average deviation for gray of 1.12. The gamma is acceptable at 2.15 and the colour temperature of 6415 K is very good. The saturation with a 92.9% coverage of the sRGB colour space is very reasonable. Contrast and uniformity are great, although the viewing angles are the weakness of this monitor. Samsung only supplies a vga-cable with the monitor, which is a shame.
A model that does perform well in terms of viewing angles is the LG 24MP88HM-S, a model with a very thin bezel – even at the bottom of the monitor. Aside from that it has an excellent colour temperature, sRGB coverage of 97.7% and a very small grayscale deviation. Unfortunately the colour deviation is the largest of this group at 2.71, with the highest standard deviation as well: the sub values fluctuate quite a bit. The high price of this monitor makes it tough to recommend it.
The Philips 246E7QDSW is a special model. It is not very expensive, but because of the use of a special filter for backlight Philips successfully reproduces a larger than standard colour space on the PLS-panel. Because the blue of this does not reach the sRGB-value, the coverage remains at 98% according to our measurement, but green and red are clearly more saturated than standard. The colour deviation is not that bad at 2.47 but is the second-worst out of these five models. The grayscale deviation is the largest in this test. The power consumption is a few watt higher than other monitors in this category, although this is negligible. However, the uniformity is not as great as the others, which is a downside when it comes to image editing. The viewing angles, especially vertically are not that great either. All in all the saturated colours impress, but for colour critical work we would not recommend it.
The Samsung C24F390FHU is also worth mentioning. Thanks to the va-panel this monitor has a very high contrast and an excellent black value. The uniformity of black is not the best, but the colour deviation is very limited and the colour temperature is more than sufficient. Furthermore, the price is not that bad, 211 dollars – including a digital video cable.