5 Best 24-Inch G-Sync Monitors for Gamers

Change is afoot in the world of PC gaming. For the first time in forever, gamers are getting silky smooth gaming, no matter the framerate, no matter the performance of their graphics cards. Gone are the days of screen tearing, and stuttering.

Yes, an active GPU is still the most critical piece of the puzzle for an ideal PC gaming experience.

However, the arrival of adaptive sync technology that forces a display to adapt to the framerate of the graphics chip, rather than the other way around, have completely changed the equation. NVIDIA is here with G-Sync, and AMD paddles its more affordable FreeSync technology.

The Rise of G-Sync

Gamers already had the option of a software fix in the form of V-Sync that while eliminated screen tearing, but introduced its own set of issues — an increase in input lag, most noticeable during fast-paced games, and the occasional stuttering, which was prominent enough in all titles.

Top 5 G-Sync Monitors for Gamers

For this reason, G-Sync was a revelation when it first arrived.

It made games look and feel better. Now, every frame of your game was complete and unbroken and delivered to the monitor just as soon as it was ready to be displayed on the screen. This video from NVIDIA shows the technology in action, and serves as an excellent primer on what you can expect:

That said, seeing as both G-Sync and FreeSync are hardware solutions, monitor makers have to pack in a separate module to allow their displays to adapt to the output of the GPU. This feature caused an increase in the price of these monitors, sometimes to the tune of $200 in the case of G-Sync.

NVIDIA G-Sync Monitors

This premium and the fact that the technology only worked with NVIDIA GPUs meant that for a long time G-Sync was limited to high-end displays, with large screen sizes, curved screens, and expensive panels.

But the times are changing.

These last couple of years have seen the introduction of several affordable G-Sync monitors, that offer this technology at 24-inch screen sizes, making smooth and responsive gaming a reality for people that do not want to spend too much to get an expensive screen.

Pretty much all these monitors deliver excellent image quality, whether out the box or via some tweaks. And they also come with the good and bad of the G-Sync technology, primarily the limitation of only one DisplayPort and HDMI inputs for connectivity.

Most also offer support for the NVIDIA Ultra Low Motion Blur technology, that aims to reduce motion blur in fast-moving scenes. Though sadly, this does not work with G-Sync, and you can only enable one of these at any given time.

With that said, let’s get down to the choices on the table.

Acer Predator XB241H

AOC AGON AG241QG

AOC G2460PG

ASUS ROG Swift PG248Q

Dell S2417DG

Price

$379

$399

$413

$449

$390

Screen Size

24 in

24 in

24 in

24 in

24 in

Curved

No

No

No

No

No

Resolution

1920 X 1080

2560 X 1440

1920 X 1080

1920 X 1080

2560 X 1440

Pixel Density

91 ppi

122 ppi

91 ppi

91 ppi

122 ppi

Aspect Ratio

16:9

16:9

16:9

16:9

16:9

Panel Type

TN

TN

TN

TN

TN

Refresh Rate

144 Hz

144 Hz

144 Hz

144 Hz

144 Hz

Adaptive Sync

G-Sync

G-Sync

G-Sync

G-Sync

G-Sync

Response Time

1 ms

1 ms

1 ms

1 ms

1 ms

Contrast Ratio

859:1

790:1

725:1

802:1

690:1

Brightness

316 cd/m²

342 cd/m²

356 cd/m²

296 cd/m²

343 cd/m²

1. Acer Predator XB241H

We start with the cheapest monitor on the list, but one look at it would make you wonder why. Unlike some budget monitors that instantly give off competitive vibes, this Acer glows in premium. Part of that is, undoubtedly, due to the Predator branding, Acer’s gaming line.

Sure, it doesn’t quite match up to some of the other high-end monitors on the market. But its solid aluminum red feet and partly metal base mean that the Acer Predator XB241H is a cut above the others. However, for better or for worse, like its design, its feature set is a bit of a mixed bag too.

A pair of 2-watt speakers offer serviceable sound at best, and you only get single HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, with no USB hub at all. We can also say the same for the resolution of this display, which just goes up to Full HD, at 1920 x 1080, instead of Quad HD, 2560 x 1440 pixels.

5 Best 24-Inch G-Sync Monitors for Gamers

Still, it should be fine for gamers with less GPU power, or those that want higher frame rates. And that’s because this monitor beats at 144Hz, with the possibility of cranking up the refresh rate to the highs of 180Hz via overclocking. Worth a mention that image quality suffers a bit at 180Hz.

It is equally proficient at multimedia too, and watching videos on it is a delight, thanks to its relatively inky blacks. All because it has the best contrast ratio among these five picks. This feature shows in gaming, too, as the display provides a smooth and visually rich gaming experience.

Overall, the Acer Predator XB241H is an excellent display for the price. It may be the most affordable option in our roundup, but it neither lets the cheapness show, nor lets affordability get in the way of image quality when playing games or watching videos. It is worth considering if you’re on a tight budget.

Pros

Cons

  • Excellent contrast ratio
  • Remarkable performance during games and media playback
  • Fancy looks
  • Sloppy overclocking
  • More features would have been welcome

2. AOC AGON AG241QG

AOC has been making a name for itself in the display space, slowly and surely. The AGON AG241QG is a beast of a monitor. Along with the Dell below, this is the only monitor that offers the welcome resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, complete with the 165Hz refresh rate via DisplayPort.

This uptick in resolution, along with the premium stand, and a few extra features go a long way in justifying its standing as one of the best 24-inch G-Sync displays on the market right now. Well, as long as you can do business with the TN panel.

The AGON does not have the sleek feel of monitors with low-profile bezels. But on the flipside, you will want for nothing when it comes to features. A fully articulated stand, the ability to use a VESA mount, a carry handle on top, along with a headphone jack, and even a headphone jack.

5 Best 24-Inch G-Sync Monitors for Gamers

There are a couple of USB 3 ports on this monitor, one of which offers standby power so that you can charge your phone while the display is powered off. Another couple of USB ports in the rear, along with a pair of primary speakers seal the deal.

Playing games on this AOC is excellent, thanks to the higher resolution, which provides a sharper, cleaner looking images. Contrast ratio was adequate as well. Add to it the combination of a 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate, and G-Sync support, and your games will run the best they can.

That’s because, while the monitor does have an overclocking option of 165Hz, image quality drops a little when that is enabled. But on the whole, things are stable. The design, features, performance, and overall image quality all combine to make for an excellent and nicely rounded package.

Pros

Cons

  • Feature-packed design
  • USB Charging
  • High 1440p resolution
  • Good image quality
  • Fast response rate
  • Ideal refresh rate limited to 144 Hz

3. AOC G2460PG

Physical design is not the strong suit of the AOC G2460PG, one of the cheapest G-Sync monitors that you can find out there in the wild. A faux brushed metal frame and the utilitarian matt black exterior do nothing to make this monitor stand out. Neither do the bright green highlights.

But look beyond the design, and this AOC has plenty going for it. A fully adjustable stand is a rarity these days, more so when it offers VESA mount. There are even a few extras sprinkled around, like a USB hub with two ports on the back, and two on the side.

A headphone jack sits on the back, for some reason. Along with an analog audio input, and a single DisplayPort input — no HDMI here. The opposite side also houses a pair of speakers, which fire off mediocre sound quality, not unlike many other models on the market.

5 Best 24-Inch G-Sync Monitors for Gamers

But what matters is image quality, right? Out of the box, things are just okay. Decent color temperature, with low contrast and gamma. However, when fully calibrated, the AOC G2460PG delivers some reasonably reliable results. There is a lot of tweaking involved to get them, yet, sadly.

No overclocking option on this, but both G-Sync and ULMB are present here. These, along with the 1ms response time make for a good gaming experience overall. The gaming performance is just as good as on more expensive screens, and this is a big plus.

Whether you get this one, depends upon your budget. The prices of G-Sync monitors are continually fluctuating, and if you can spare some extra cash, some choices will give you better design, and out of the box image quality. This AOC does not excite, but it delivers on performance and value.

Pros

Cons

  • Versatile stand
  • Solid Gaming Experiance
  • Bland design
  • Lacks overclocking
  • No HDMI port

4. ASUS ROG Swift PG248Q

ASUS is one of the first names that comes to mind when you think about G-Sync. And that’s because its monitors have been among the most popular choices, ever since the technology arrived. Part of the reason for this is the company’s eye for design.

It consistently produces some of the best-looking monitors, and the ROG Swift PG248Q is no different. Priced a tad higher than the other two 1080p options in this list, this monitor vies with the Dell S2417DG for the top spot in style.

A slim and low-profile bezel defines the aesthetics of this ROG Swift. And while it is not as tiny as the one on the Dell, it still makes for an impressive design. Likewise, for the stand and panel design, with a ring of red light around the stand, and aggressive angular lines. Screams gamey, this!

5 Best 24-Inch G-Sync Monitors for Gamers

Sadly, the excellent build quality is not covering the image quality out the box. You will need to tweak the display to get the most out of it. And stay away from the overclocked 180Hz mode that completely deteriorates the quality.

Ultimately, the ASUS ROG Swift PG248Q manages to deliver decent enough image quality for everyday use and is excellent for gaming when adequately calibrated with a colorimeter. G-Sync or ULMB, both provide a smooth and responsive gaming experience, depending on which you choose.

It may seem like you are paying a premium for the design, over the more affordable G-Sync 24-inch monitors. And while there is some truth to this, it will all come down to whether you are willing to adjust and tweak the individual settings to get good results or not. If you are, then this is a solid bet.

Pros

Cons

  • Nicely designed
  • Small Bezels 
  • Excellent image quality when calibrated
  • Needs proper calibration

5. Dell S2417DG

Not only has Dell been able to deliver one of the more cheaper monitors in this list, but it also somehow managed to design the best-looking one. Add in the fact that the Dell S2417DG offers support for the 2560 x 1440 resolution, and you have an excellent creation.

On the market for a couple of years now, this Dell monitor comes with outer bezels on the top and sides that measure just 1.5mm. This feature gives the display a sleek and classy feel, compared to other monitors on this list that have designs that are more centric towards a gaming crowd.

The good looks of the Dell S2417DG are backed up by a robust design as well. The stand is fully adjustable, with height adjustment, proper rotation, and VESA mount support. Video connections are limited to the usual DisplayPort and HDMI sockets, but there are a four-port USB 3 hub and a headphone jack.

5 Best 24-Inch G-Sync Monitors for Gamers

No speakers on this one, however. But on the flipside, no need to jump into the menus to adjust the settings either here. And that is because the image quality of the Dell S2417DG is excellent out the box, with a near perfect color temperature, close enough gamma, and plenty of brightness.

The only caveat? The low contrast ratio shade under 700:1 means that this TN panel is not quite able to display colors as well as it could have, had it achieved an ideal rating of 1000:1. Luckily, this does not dampen the proceedings too much, and you can still expect reasonably excellent image quality.

It may not be as suitable for content creation, but gamers seeking G-Sync goodness on the cheap, with a 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1440p resolution, should look no further. Almost the perfect all-around performer, the Dell S2417DG hits virtually all the right marks, with style.

Pros

Cons

  • Sleek style
  • Perfect for use in the office, or at home
  • Great for games
  • High 1440 resolution panel
  • Contrast ratio a bit of a letdown

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