HP X24ih Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Mar 10, 2021 at 09:28 am
HP X24ih Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
8.3
Gaming
7.3
Multimedia
7.3
Media Creation
5.6
HDR Gaming
Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The HP X24ih is a great entry-level gaming monitor. It has a 144Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing. Its response time is simply incredible, so fast-moving content looks smooth with almost no motion blur. Its IPS panel offers wide viewing angles, great for co-op gaming, but that means it has a low contrast ratio, so it's not the best choice for dark room gaming. If you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has good reflection handling. Unfortunately, its 24 inch screen and 1080p resolution may be too limiting for those looking for an immersive gaming experience, and it doesn't support HDR.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

The HP X24ih is a good monitor overall. It's great for gaming as it has a high refresh rate, VRR support, an incredible response time, and very low input lag. It's good for office use as well due to its high peak brightness, good reflection handling, and wide viewing angles. However, it's only decent for content creators because of its 24 inch resolution and 1080p screen, and its low contrast ratio results in blacks that look gray.

Pros
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • High 144Hz refresh rate and VRR support.
  • Incredible response time results in smooth motion.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Stand doesn't allow for swivel adjustments.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
7.9 Office

The HP X24ih is very good for office use. It has wide viewing angles, high peak brightness, and good reflection handling. Sadly, its ergonomics are unremarkable as it doesn't offer any swivel adjustment. Its low 1080p resolution and small 24 inch screen may not be good enough for multitasking, but it should be a good choice if you need a secondary monitor.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
Cons
  • Stand doesn't allow for swivel adjustments.
  • Limited 24 inch screen and 1080p resolution.
8.3 Gaming

The HP X24ih is great for gaming. It has a high 144Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. Input lag is extremely low, and the response time is simply incredible, resulting in smooth motion. Unfortunately, it's not the best choice for dark room gaming as it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray.

Pros
  • High 144Hz refresh rate and VRR support.
  • Incredible response time results in smooth motion.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.3 Multimedia

The HP X24ih is decent for consuming media. It has wide viewing angles if you want to watch videos with some friends. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray when viewing in the dark. Also, the 1080p resolution and 24 inch screen may not be the most ideal choice if you want an immersive viewing experience.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
Cons
  • Stand doesn't allow for swivel adjustments.
  • Limited 24 inch screen and 1080p resolution.
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.3 Media Creation

The HP X24ih is decent for content creators. It has wide viewing angles, which is great if you need to share your screen with a coworker or client. Unfortunately, its 24 inch screen isn't ideal for multitasking and the 1080p resolution doesn't allow you to see images and videos in great detail.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
Cons
  • Stand doesn't allow for swivel adjustments.
  • Limited 24 inch screen and 1080p resolution.
  • Low contrast ratio.
5.6 HDR Gaming
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Office
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 7.3 Multimedia
  • 7.3 Media Creation
  • 5.6 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Mar 10, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 05, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
8.8 lbs (4.0 kg)
Weight (with stand)
13.4 lbs (6.1 kg)

Although the HP X24ih is a gaming monitor, it has a more office-oriented design with an all-black body. There are glossy strips on the back to add some style. The stand has a curved top plate, which is a bit different from the flat stands on other HP monitors we've tested.

Design
Stand
Width
9.1" (23.1 cm)
Depth
8.7" (22.0 cm)

The HP X24ih has a basic square-based stand that supports the screen well. The top plate is a bit curved, making it a bit more difficult to put objects on it.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -22.5° to 5°

The ergonomics are unremarkable. This variant has height adjustment, but there's an X24i model that doesn't have it and may not have the ability to rotate into portrait mode either. If you want a similar gaming monitor with better ergonomics, check out the AOC 24G2.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the HP X24ih has a simple design with glossy diagonal strips. There's basic cable management through a cutout in the stand. Since the X24i variant doesn't have a hole in the stand, it doesn't offer any cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.2" (0.6 cm)
Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.9" (17.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.2" (5.6 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. It has a basic plastic body, but the plastic on the stand feels a bit cheap. There's nothing premium about its build, but at the same time, there aren't any obvious loose parts or gaps in construction. The stand also supports the monitor well.

Picture Quality
5.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
891 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The HP X24ih has a disappointing contrast ratio, which is expected from an IPS panel. Blacks look gray when viewed in the dark, and there's no local dimming feature to improve it either. It's slightly lower than the advertised contrast of 1000:1, but this may vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is provided for reference only.

7.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
330 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The SDR peak brightness is very good. It gets bright enough to combat glare in most well-lit environments, and it maintains its brightness very consistently across different content. We tested the peak brightness after calibration in the 'Custom RGB' Picture Mode.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

8.7
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
49°
Color Washout From Right
49°
Color Shift From Left
59°
Color Shift From Right
62°
Brightness Loss From Left
50°
Brightness Loss From Right
51°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
57°
Gamma Shift From Right
59°

The HP X24ih has a very wide horizontal viewing angle, which is normal for an IPS panel. The image remains accurate when viewing from the side, which is great for co-op gaming.

7.7
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
36°
Color Washout From Above
36°
Color Shift From Below
55°
Color Shift From Above
58°
Brightness Loss From Below
41°
Brightness Loss From Above
43°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
37°
Gamma Shift From Above
38°

Once again, the vertical viewing angle is good. You shouldn't notice any issues with image accuracy if you mount the screen above eye-level.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.320%
50% DSE
0.110%
5% Std. Dev.
0.435%
5% DSE
0.046%

The HP X24ih has excellent gray uniformity, but this can also vary between units. The edges are a bit darker, but there's no dirty screen effect in the center. Uniformity is much better in near-dark scenes.

5.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.105%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Our unit of the HP X24ih has disappointing black uniformity, but this may vary between units. There's noticeable backlight bleed along the bottom edge, and there's clouding throughout. Also, the entire screen looks blue due to the low contrast ratio.

8.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Cinema
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
45
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
255-255-255
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6,978 K
White Balance dE
2.56
Color dE
2.54
Gamma
2.09

The HP X24ih has great out-of-the-box accuracy. Any color and white balance inaccuracies are hard to spot. However, the color temperature is on the cold side, resulting in a blue tint. Also, gamma doesn't follow the target sRGB curve well, so dark scenes are darker than they should be, and bright scenes are brighter. Keep in mind that the out-of-the-box accuracy may vary between units.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom RGB
Luminance
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
18
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
240-229-203
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6,448 K
White Balance dE
0.66
Color dE
0.41
Gamma
2.18

This monitor has remarkable accuracy after calibration. Any remaining inaccuracies can't be spotted by the naked eye, and the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target. Gamma still isn't perfect, but it follows the target curve very well overall.

We experienced similar issues as many people online, who said the picture settings don't save and reset to their defaults after restarting the monitor. However, in our case, it switched out of the calibrated picture mode when we restarted the monitor, but it kept our calibration settings.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
100.0%
Adobe RGB xy
77.7%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom RGB
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom RGB

The HP X24ih has an amazing SDR color gamut. It has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most content and good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.3%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
81.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom RGB
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom RGB

Thanks to its very wide SDR color gamut, the HP X24ih also has an amazing SDR color volume. It displays bright colors well due to its high peak brightness, but with a low contrast ratio, it struggles with darker colors.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00%

Our unit doesn't show any signs of temporary image retention after displaying a high-contrast, static image for 10 minutes. However, this can vary between units.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The gradient handling is excellent. However, it has an 8-bit panel and you may notice some banding present in darker colors.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000%
Pixel Column Error
0.041%

There are some minor signs of vertical color bleed, but it shouldn't be noticeable in most content.

7.8
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.2%
Indirect Reflections
3.9%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.3%

The HP X24ih's reflection handling is good. The matte finish handles a moderate amount of light well, but it's best to avoid placing it opposite a bright window.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The HP X24ih has decent text clarity. Enabling ClearType (top photo) improves the appearance of diagonal lines, such as on R and N, but makes straight lines less bold, like on T and I.

Motion
9.6
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Level 2
Rise / Fall Time
3.3 ms
Total Response Time
6.1 ms
Overshoot Error
1.7%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
3.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
7.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
3.4%

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Level 1 Chart Table Photo
Level 2 Chart Table Photo
Level 3 Chart Table Photo
Level 4 Chart Table Photo

The response time at max refresh rate is simply incredible. Fast-moving content looks extremely smooth, and there's almost no motion blur. The recommended overdrive setting, which is called Response Time, is 'Level 2'. It has a slightly quicker response time than 'Level 1', and there's too much overshoot on the faster settings.

9.2
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Level 1
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
10.5 ms
Overshoot Error
0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
10.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Level 1 Chart Table Photo
Level 2 Chart Table Photo
Level 3 Chart Table Photo
Level 4 Chart Table Photo

The HP X24ih's response time at 60Hz remains fantastic. Once again, motion looks smooth with minimal motion blur. We recommend setting Response Time to 'Level 1' because there's simply too much overshoot on the other settings. This means you may have to change the overdrive setting if the frame rate of your game drops.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

This monitor has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain. It also doesn't cause image duplication with fast-moving content.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The HP X24ih doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature. If you want a monitor that does, check out the ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q1A.

9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The HP X24ih has a fantastic 144Hz refresh rate. Although it's not certified by NVIDIA to be G-SYNC compatible, it works properly, but only over a DisplayPort connection. You can achieve its full refresh rate range with FreeSync enabled over both an HDMI and DisplayPort connection.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.4 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

The input lag is exceptionally low and remains low with VRR enabled, which is fantastic.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
92 PPI
Screen Diagonal 24.0"
Screen Area 247 in²

The HP X24ih has a low 1080p resolution, which isn't ideal for office use, but its 24 inch screen helps increase pixel density. It has the same pixel density as a 32 inch, 1440p monitor.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

The HP X24ih monitor has a few extra features, like:

  • Frame Rate Counter: Adds an overlay displaying the current frame rate of your game.
  • Crosshair: Adds a virtual crosshair on the screen for FPS games.
  • Multi-Monitor Alignment Tool: Helps to align two or more monitors together in your setup.
  • Low Blue Light Mode: Removes blue light to help reduce eye strain.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

There are four controls and a power button to navigate the on-screen menu.

Features
In The Box

  • HDMI cable
  • Power cable
  • Starter guide

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 24 inch HP X24ih monitor, which is the only size available. There's an X24i variant that has a different stand, which doesn't include height adjustment or a cutout for cable management. Our unit was manufactured in December 2020, and you can see the label here.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their X24ih doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Compared To Other Monitors

The HP X24ih is a great budget-friendly gaming monitor. It has a faster response time than most monitors in this price range, but there are options available with better ergonomics and HDR support, such as the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. Also see our recommendations for the best budget monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best 144Hz monitors.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q1A

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q1A and the HP X24ih are very similar gaming monitors. They both have a 24" IPS screen with a 1080p resolution and a native 144Hz refresh rate, except that you can overclock the ASUS up to 165Hz. The ASUS has slightly faster response times, but the difference is pretty small and likely not noticeable to most people. The HP is better in terms of usability because it has wider viewing angles, gets brighter to combat glare, and its stand provides a lot more ergonomic adjustments.

AOC 24G2

The AOC 24G2 and the HP X24ih are very similar budget gaming monitors. They both have a 24" screen with a 1080p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. The HP has slightly better response times; however, the difference is very small and likely not noticeable to most people. The AOC scores higher because it has a Black Frame Insertion feature, but you can't use it simultaneously with VRR. Likewise, the HP has wider viewing angles, but its ergonomics are worse because it doesn't swivel at all.

Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is a better gaming monitor than the HP X24ih. The Acer's 144Hz native refresh rate can be overclocked to 165Hz, which the HP can't do. The Acer has much better ergonomics than the HP, making it easier to place the screen in an ideal viewing position. Lastly, the Acer supports HDR, while the HP doesn't, but it doesn't add much since it can't display a wide color gamut and has low HDR peak brightness.

ViewSonic XG2402

The HP X24ih and the ViewSonic XG2402 are two great gaming monitors, but the HP is better for other uses. The HP has an IPS panel that provides wider viewing angles than the TN panel on the ViewSonic. The HP also has a quicker response time at 60Hz, resulting in smoother motion. However, the ViewSonic has much better ergonomics, making it easier to place the screen in an ideal viewing position.

ASUS VG279Q

The ASUS VG279Q and the HP X24ih are two great gaming monitors. The ASUS has a larger 27 inch screen, providing more space for multitasking, but the smaller screen on the HP allows for a higher pixel density since they each have a 1080p resolution. The ASUS has much better ergonomics as the stand offers swivel adjustments. In terms of gaming, they each have low input lag, but the HP has a quicker response time for smoother motion.

LG 27GN650-B

The LG 27GN650-B and the HP X24ih are very similar overall. The main differences are that the HP has a smaller 24 inch screen, and it doesn't support HDR. The HP has better response times at max refresh rate and 60Hz. It also has wider viewing angles and higher peak brightness.

Dell S2721HGF

The HP X24ih and the Dell S2721DGF are two great gaming monitors with different panel types. The HP has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, and it also has a much quicker response time that results in smoother motion. However, the VA panel on the Dell provides a better contrast ratio, making it a better choice for dark room gaming. Other than that, they each have FreeSync support and low input lag for gaming.

Samsung Odyssey G9

The Samsung Odyssey G9 and the HP X24ih are two very different monitors. The Samsung is a 49 inch super ultrawide model with a 32:9 aspect ratio, providing you enough space to multitask. It has a higher 5120x1440 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate. It also supports HDR, which the HP doesn't, and has a VA panel with a higher contrast ratio. On the other hand, the HP is a basic 24 inch monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Its IPS panel also offers wider viewing angles than the Samsung, making it easier to share your screen with others.

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