Iiyama ProLite E2407HDS
24in screen size, 1,920x1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:
You may have thought a 24in monitor is a luxury you can't afford, but Iiyama's latest 16:9 display costs just £172 including VAT. Its 1,920x1,080 resolution also makes it ideal for editing and watching HD video.
However, apart from its bigger size, there's little to differentiate it from the 22in Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS (What's New, Shopper 253). Both have the same trio of inputs (DVI, HDMI and VGA), as well as built-in stereo speakers. On paper, they're equally bright and have the same 1,000:1 contrast ratio. They also share the same tilt-only stand. We aren't happy that the control buttons on the E2407HDS have been moved to the bottom edge of the screen, though; they were easier to access on the front panel.
None of this makes for a bad monitor, though. In fact, apart from slightly uneven backlighting, image quality is better than the E2208HDS's. Far from being washed out, colours are realistic. Although the pixels are larger, photos and HD video look wonderfully sharp. The only niggle is that mono images don't look entirely neutral, and exhibit a blue tint. We tried to alleviate this using the manual red, green and blue level controls, but when we reduced the blue level, white highlights took on a pink tint.
Still, if you don't need absolute colour accuracy, this is a good-value monitor. You get a three-year onsite warranty, and power consumption is surprisingly low at just 38W. This drops to just 16W in Eco mode, which fixes brightness at 20 per cent.
The E2407HDS isn't quite good enough to warrant a Budget Buy award, but it's still great value.