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HP VH240a Review: Best Budget Full HD IPS Monitor

By September 18, 2017 3 Comments

HP VH240a


If you’re looking for a high-quality monitor that’s both affordable and reliable, the new HP VH240a will meet all your demands.

Not only does this display offer a crisp Full HD image quality with vibrant colors for a surprisingly low price, it also provides you with extensive ergonomics as well as a gorgeous thin bezel design.

Image Quality

The HP VH240a display is based on an IPS panel which ensures 178-degree viewing angles meaning that, unlike other panels, you won’t encounter any contrast or color shift when you watch the screen from certain angles.

Furthermore, the IPS panel offers accurate and consistent colors for an immersive viewing experience no matter whether you’re playing video games, watching movies, or working.

The 8-bit supported 16.7 million colors cover 72% of the sRGB color gamut; only 28% short of the adequate gamut required for a professional-grade photo editing monitor.

The HP VH240a IPS monitor features the standard Full HD screen resolution which makes for a crisp and sharp picture without requiring demanding computer equipment. In short, thanks to the combination of the 1920×1080 resolution and IPS panel, the HP VH240a makes the image of any PC configuration look crystal-clear.

Overall, the HP VH240a image quality is top-notch especially considering its price; we also haven’t detected any prominent backlight bleeding nor IPS glow.


With 60Hz refresh rate and 5ms (GtG) response time speed, the HP VH240a 1080p monitor delivers a responsive and immersive gameplay experience. The measured input lag is just below 10ms which makes the monitor viable for competitive fast-paced games as well.

If you’re a professional player, you probably already know that you’d need to get a 144Hz gaming monitor for the best competitive gaming experience. For high-quality casual gaming, working, and everyday use, the HP VH240a does the job perfectly.


The OSD (On-Screen Display) of the HP VH240a is fairly simple and user-friendly with only the most needed adjustments. The OSD buttons are placed at the right side on the back of the display and consist of the power button and four buttons for navigation through the menu and shortcuts to certain OSD functions.

The first OSD button will allow you to quickly change the input source between the VGA and HDMI ports while the one next to it opens up the Viewing Modes feature. These modes consist of three picture presets with optimal levels of reduced blue lights suited for comfortable reading at night.

The third OSD button adjusts the audio level of the 2x2W built-in speakers. Other useful features include the Auto-Sleep Mode which sends the monitor to the standby mode when it’s been inactive for some time, in order to preserve power with only 0.5W power consumption.

Along with the HP VH240a monitor, you will get a CD with drivers and software such as the Image Color Matching (ICM) which makes sure that colors appear the same on your printer, monitor, and scanner according to the International Color Consortium (ICC) profile format.

Design and Connectivity

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The HP VH240a Full HD monitor offers humble connectivity with one HDMI and one VGA port each. There are no extra USB ports which is expected at this price. What is not expected, however, are such gorgeous thin bezels which deliver a cinematic viewing experience.

Moreover, the monitor has exceptionally rich ergonomic support; it’s height adjustable, VESA mount compatible, and offers -5°,30° tilt, 360° swivel, and 90° pivot. The screen is covered with an anti-glare coating which eliminates the sunlight reflection.

Price & Similar Monitors

At the moment (September 2017), the HP VH240a price is only $130. Given its image quality, performance, and design, it is definitely worth more. The only comparable budget monitor to the HP VH240a would be the popular and equally priced Acer R240HY though it lacks ergonomics and built-in speakers.


The freshly released HP VH240a 24-inch monitor is perfect for anyone seeking a first-class display at an affordable price. Besides the intensive colors of its IPS panel and smooth performance, this HP monitor throws in the ultra-thin design with total ergonomic adjustability as a bonus. All in all, it’s got all that’s needed for an enjoyable viewing experience yet it’s quite cheap!

HP VH240a Specifications
Screen Size23.8-inch
Resolution1920x1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time5ms (GtG)
Other PortsAudio Line-In
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (Static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
HP VH240a Review
  • 10/10
    Design - 10/10
  • 9.5/10
    Display - 9.5/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Price/Value - 10/10


The HP VH240a offers a vibrant image quality, fluid performance, and an eye-catching thin-bezel design with full ergonomic support. All of that, for a surprisingly low price.

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  • Jeremy Medlock

    are these monitors G Sync compatible?

  • Roger Crawford

    No. You can check all G-Sync compatible monitors at the following link:

  • Josh Robinson

    I don’t need 3k~4k, 144hz, 1ms GTG stuff.

    I mainly play WoW, minecraft, FO4. Watch alot of YT, twitch, Netflix.

    I’ve done quite alot of looking around, and picked these for a value multi-monitor setup:

    I was thinking of the HP VH240a, the LG 24MP59G, or Acer R240HY.

    But my main concern about Acer, is lack of indepth user color settings. AFAIK there is only: brightness, contrast, and limited color temp.