The HP E24d G4 focuses on a design that can accommodate today’s modern systems with superior connectivity features such as its 100-watt USB-C slot. This model is aimed at the business segment, but that also means that it has modest display specs and a slightly higher price tag. The HP E24d G4 is attractive for work from home use due to its characteristics, but can it provide a performance that justifies its price tag?
HP E24d G4 Specifications
- Screen Size: 24 Inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time: 5ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, DP 1.2 Out x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, USB-C (100 watts) x1, USB-C downstream (15 Watts) x 1, USB 3.1 x 4, RJ45 x1, 3.5mm Jack (In/Out) x 2
- Dimensions with Stand (WxHxD): 21.2” x 19.5” x 7.5”
- Weight: 15.1 lbs
Design and Features
The HP E24d G4 looks identical to the E243d, but it packs a few upgrades that make it a more attractive and functional option than its predecessor. The monitor has a matte black chassis mated to a brushed aluminum stand that gives it a premium look that you would instantly place in studios or executive offices. The display is bezel-free on three sides, but panel borders are still visible when it is powered on.
The HP E24d G4’s dimensions are modest, but it is one of the heaviest 24-inch monitors we’ve seen in the market. What makes up most of its heft is its metal stand which is as durable as it is attractive. It is also an ideal option for multi-display productivity setups since it doesn’t eat up a large area on your desktop surface.
Build quality for the HP E24d G4 is solid and you don’t have to worry about wobbling because there isn’t any. The plastics used are thick and sturdy while the metal parts add great reinforcement to the device’s stature. You also won’t find any cosmetic defects such as uneven gaps or rough seams indicating that the monitor passed through a strict quality control process before it shipped.
What we dislike about the HP E24d G4 is its use of OSD buttons which you can’t see since they are tucked in nicely beneath the bottom bezel. It’s easy to wrongly press the keys since they aren’t readily visible, but what’s most annoying is that they aren’t very responsive. There are some instances where you needed to press the key again and again to bring up its function.
You will also find a pop-up webcam with a microphone on top of the bezel for conference calls or even streaming. The feature comes in handy for work from use where video calls to attend meetings or collaborations are quite common. This feature also enables the HP E24d G4 to log you into Windows via its Windows Hello facial recognition.
The gorgeous metal stand on the HP E24d G4 offers tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments which make getting a perfect view easy for everyone. The pillar is placed towards the rear of the flat base, allowing users to utilize it as a cradle for their laptops or ultrabooks. You can remove this part and go with a VESA mount, but we don’t think it is necessary unless you are building a multi-monitor setup.
Connectivity is the HP E24d G4’s specialty since it includes just about every modern industry standard on its I/O. The layout includes a DisplayPort 1.2 input and output slot for daisy-chaining and an HDMI 1.4 as a secondary option. You will also find a USB 3.1 hub with 4 slots and an RJ45 jack for networking or internet passthrough.
You also get two USB-C ports with the HP E24d G4 which makes it effective as a docking solution for USB-C laptops like the MacBook Pro. The primary slot offers up to 100 watts of charging power, while the secondary is limited to 15 watts since it is intended for mobile host devices like tablets. These receptacles essentially make the product a Swiss knife in the monitor market since it can handle a plethora of applications in business or home use.
What’s missing from the HP E24d G4 is a pair of good-quality speakers that would complete its suitability for teleconferencing. Its no biggie since built-ins usually sound tinny, but its nice to have an option where you won’t need to buy headphones or separate speaker sets to use. The price for this model is on the high-side of the market, so we don’t think its an omission that was aimed to help the product reach a certain budget point.
Display and Performance
The HP E24d G4 uses a 24-inch IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time. The backlight is rated at 250 cd/m2 while the contrast ratio sits at 1000:1 like most IPS panels. this variant is aimed at productivity and business use, so it doesn’t offer any entertainment-specific capabilities such as HDR or FreeSync.
24-inch screens are the universal choice for office monitors due to their balanced appearance and everybody’s familiarity with it. You don’t get a lot of space from it, but it’s pleasant to use for office apps and reading. Games run easily on it, while video streaming fits perfectly since most content is rendered in 1080p as well.
What’s disappointing about the HP E24d G4 is its 93% coverage of the sRGB coverage which is typical on budget office displays, but unexpected for a premium variant. Color accuracy is great with a deltaE average of only 2.03, but we’ve seen better tuning on other business monitors in the market. The color temperature, on the other hand, looks great since there is no bluish or yellowish tint when viewing white backgrounds.
Calibrating the HP E24d G4 tightens the dE average to 1.87 for better accuracy, but the result isn’t profound enough to warrant the purchase of a colorimeter. It’s crucial for editing work, but you are better off spending money elsewhere if you are looking for a display for photoshop and the like.
The HP E24d G4 manages to put out a 920:1 contrast ratio at 50% brightness, but it doesn’t deepen the black luminance of the monitor. Its also quite dim since the backlight only reached 215 cd/m2, so 50% brightness is the bare minimum for typical use. The screen has decent color rendering, but it and its black rendering can look washed out especially when used in the dark.
The good news is that we didn’t find any uniformity issues on the HP E24d G4 since there were no backlight leaks or clouding issues on it. Each of the quadrants looked evenly lit so it won’t look patchy when viewing full color or dark images. However, take note that this aspect varies between every unit due to the nature of IPS panels and some manufacturing tolerances.
The HP E24d G4 isn’t the best when it comes to motion handling, but that’s understandable since it was not designed for gaming purposes. Quick swipes or contrasting transitions can reveal some trailing and persistence, so we don’t recommend it unless your focus is business use. It also doesn’t have FreeSync compatibility, but that’s okay as well because it doesn’t take a lot of GPU horsepower to maximize the 60Hz refresh.
Input lag on the HP E24d G4 sits at 10ms so it doesn’t feel laggy or delayed when you are working or gaming. This isn’t the fastest, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a difference between a gaming variant and this model without testing equipment.
Thoughts on the HP E24d G4
The HP E24d G4 is a superbly-designed business monitor that covers most of the functionality bases in today’s sophisticated tech market. The monitor’s USB-C slot has a lot of juice, and that’s badly-needed by today’s high-powered workstation laptops and ultrabooks. Its extra features such as the webcam, daisy-chaining ability, make it a great buy, along with its attractive design.
However, the HP E24d G4 drops the ball when it comes to image quality, and that’s very disappointing at this price point. The monitor looks decent and balanced, but its mediocre vibrancy and contrast are left behind by many IPS monitors with better outputs. Alternatives like the ViewSonic VX2485-mhu doesn’t have a spec sheet that is as sophisticated, but it does the job at a considerably lower cost.
- Incredible Connectivity
- 100-Watt USB-C
- Attractive Design and Durable Build Quality
- Built-in Webcam and Mic
- Great for Work from Home Use
- Limited Contrast and Color Coverage
- No Adaptive-Sync
About the Author:
Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.