LG 24M47VQ Review: Budget 24-inch 1080p Monitor

The LG 24M47VQ is the most affordable 24" 1080p monitor, but it's based on a TN panel with poor viewing angles.

Bottom Line

The LG 24M47VQ is the most affordable 24″ 1080p monitor. However, it uses a TN panel with narrow viewing angles and inferior image quality. It also has a rather bulky design, no FreeSync support, and it’s limited to 60Hz.

Design:
(3.5)
Display:
(3.5)
Performance:
(4.0)
Price/Value:
(3.0)
3.5

The LG 24M47VQ-P is the cheapest 24″ 1080p monitor you can buy, which is why it’s one of the best-selling monitors on Amazon.

In this review, we’ll see how it performs, how it compares to similarly priced alternatives, and which one should you buy to get the most out of your money.

Image Quality

The monitor is based on a TN (Twisted Nematic) panel type, which is known for poor viewing angles of 160° vertically and 170° horizontally. This means that the picture will shift in color, contrast, and brightness when you looked at the screen at an angle.

Even from a normal viewing position, vertical gamma shifts can be noticed if you tilt your head a bit. Although subtle and probably not bothersome to most users when it comes to everyday use, it’s unacceptable for color-critical work.

The LG 24M47VQ has 72% NTSC color gamut coverage. Its gamut size is equivalent to ~99% sRGB, but not all of that color space will be covered.

There’s some extension beyond the standard sRGB color space, and some undercoverage, but you can expect around 90% – 95% sRGB gamut coverage, depending on the individual unit – which is standard for most monitors at this price range. The difference between ~95% and 100% sRGB is not noticeable unless you’re doing professional color-critical work.

Other panel-related specifications include dithered 8-bit color depth support for 16.7 million colors, a peak brightness of 250-nits, and a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1 – all of which is standard at this price range.

Overall, the monitor gets more than bright enough under normal lighting conditions, while the contrast ratio of 1,000:1 won’t produce as deep blacks as that of VA panels with ~3,000:1, but this is expected from TN and IPS panels. VA monitors, on the other hand, have significantly slower response time speed, at least at this price range.

The 1080p resolution results in a decent pixel density of 93.74 PPI (pixels per inch) on the 23.5″ viewable screen of the LG 24M47VQ monitor. You get a fair amount of screen real estate and reasonably crisp details and text.

Performance

With a quoted pixel response time speed of 2ms GtG (gray to gray pixel transition), the LG 24M47VQ efficiently eliminates trailing behind fast-moving objects.

There are four response time overdrive modes: Off, Low, Middle, and High. We recommend using the Middle option, as ‘High’ can add some overshoot i.e. inverse ghosting.

Input lag is very low at ~11ms, so you won’t be able to notice any delays between your actions and the result on the screen.

Despite its low input lag and quick response time, there are much better gaming monitors at this price range, which support a higher 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync for tear-free gameplay. We’ll get more into these alternatives a bit later on.

Features

The backlight of the monitor is flicker-free, the screen has an anti-glare coating, and there is an integrated low-blue lighter filter (Reader 1 and Reader 2 picture presets). These features combined ensure a comfortable viewing experience even after prolonged use of the monitor.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu of the monitor, you’ll find additional picture presets (Photo, Cinema, Game, and Custom) and advanced image adjustment tools, including four gamma modes, color temperature presets, sharpness, and 6-axis hue/saturation.

Navigation through the menu is simple thanks to the directional joystick placed beneath the bottom bezel of the screen.

Design & Connectivity

LG 24M47VQ Monitor Back

The design of the LG 24M47VQ monitor consists of rather thick bezels and a tilt-only stand (-5°/20°), but the stand is detachable and you can mount the screen on a third-party stand via the 75x75mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include HDMI 1.3, VGA, DVI-D, and a headphones jack.

Price & Similar Monitors

The LG 24M47VQ goes for $99 and it’s the only 24″ 1080p monitor available under $100, not including monitors on sale.

We recommend saving up for the ASUS VA24DQ instead. It’s also a 24″ 1080p monitor for ~$20 more, but it has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles and more accurate and vibrant colors. Moreover, it has a 75Hz refresh rate and supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DisplayPort for tear-free gameplay with compatible graphics cards.

If you’re interested in something cheaper, check out the Acer SB220Q. It has a smaller 21.5″ screen, but it also has an IPS panel and supports FreeSync up to 75Hz. Both of these monitors also feature more modern designs with ultra-thin bezels.

Visit our best monitors under $100 and best monitors under $150 buyer’s guides for more information and the best deals available.

Conclusion

While the LG 24M47VQ is an overall decent monitor, there are better models available at this price range.

Specifications

Screen Size23.5-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time2ms (GtG)
PortsHDMI 1.3, DVI-D, VGA
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness250 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (75x75mm)

The Pros:

  • Affordable 24″ 1080p monitor
  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • Diverse connectivity options
  • VESA-mount compatible

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Thick bezels
  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Limited to 60Hz
  • Narrow viewing angles and inferior image quality to IPS and VA panels

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.