Philips 242E1GSJ 24″ 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

Philips 242E1GSJ review

Philips is one of the many pioneering brands in the world. Funded in 1891 in the Netherlands, Philips started with the production of carbon-filament lamps, and electro-technical products. In 2001, Philips partnered with South Korea’s LG to create its first monitors. Since then, the company has widened its range of electronic products leading to what Philips is today. 

Today, gaming is what all the fuss is about. The gaming industry made unprecedented growth in recent years, with more and more companies targeting the gaming market. This allowed for more diversified products, making it easier for consumers to pick which products they think is best for them.

For monitors, for example, we now have regular monitors, gaming monitors, and even specialty monitors like the Apple Display XDR which were made specifically with content creation in mind. In this article, we will focus on a gaming-specific monitor, specifically a Philips gaming monitor.

The Philips 242E1GSJ is a gaming-specific monitor which supports a maximum of 144Hz refresh rate. We will be listing down some of the important features of this 24″ gaming monitor from Philips. But before we begin, let us tackle first what is listed on the paper.

Philips 242E1GSJ Review

Specifications

Philips 242E1GSJ Review
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Panel Size23.8 inch
Panel TypeVA
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response Time4 ms
StandAdjustable (Tilt)
PortsDisplayPort x 1, HDMI (digital, HDCP)

PROS —

  1. Supports 144Hz refresh rate
  2. 24″ VA LED panel offers a wide viewing angle and fast response time
  3. Offers a proprietary contrast enhancer for deeper levels of black
  4. Supports AMD FreeSync Premium 
  5. Wide color gamut, 96.1% NTSC/125.9% sRGB
  6. Low blue mode

CONS —

  1. Offers just a decent 1080p Full HD resolution
  2. Doesn’t support HDR

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Features of Philips 242E1GSJ

1. Design

philips 242e1gsj 24 inch gaming monitor review

The Philips 242E1GSJ gaming monitor offers a more traditional flat panel design, but with modern touches like thinner bezels. There’s nothing standout about this certain Philips 144Hz monitor. But what it lacks on the design, it certainly did well with the inside (we will get into that in the latter part). Philips made sure to pack a few quirks on this budget model. 

Furthermore, this same simplicity in regards to the design is what draws the Philips 242E1GSJ apart from the competition like AOC G2790VX Gaming Monitor. Personally, I prefer a more conservative design for monitors, and I think the Philips 242E1GSJ is a perfect choice. 

2. Performance

As we have mentioned earlier, the Philips 242E1GSJ offers great performance despite its rather pedestrian package. For a start, the it supports a 144Hz refresh rate.

Refresh rate determines how many frames the display can render per second. The 144Hz number means the Philips 242E1GSJ can render up to 144 frames per second. However, it will also depend on the game being played if it supports up to 144Hz. Thankfully, it would be very easy to take full advantage of this technology as almost all major titles support high frame-rate gaming. 

The VA panel on Philips 242E1GSJ also allows for a fast response time, about 1ms (MPRT). This is a really good performance, especially if you are playing high-stake games which needs accuracy and timing. 

The display peaks at 350 nits of brightness, with a static contrast ratio of 3,500:1. The display is rated to have a wide 96% NTSC color gamut. This is equivalent to 126% sRGB or 93% DCI-P3. Good enough numbers. It’s a shame that despite all these numbers, the monitor doesn’t support HDR output. 

3. VA Display

The Philips 242E1GSJ uses a VA LED panel. This makes it easily a preferred option for most gamers, due to the VA LED panel’s reputation. 

Currently, there are three common types of LCD panels used for gaming monitors. There is a TN panel, VA panel, and IPS panel. TN panel is the best of the three if we talk about response time. It can easily smash the VA panel, and more so the IPS panel. 

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However, color accuracy-wise, and viewing angle, the TN panel is nothing compared to the IPS panel. In fact, this is the reason why you won’t be able to see a TN panel with HDR capability. The panel design isn’t capable of either the colour depth or contrast the HDR technology requires. 

The VA LED panel sits right between the two. It has a wide viewing angle, great colors which can support HDR (unfortunately, the Philips 242E1GSJ doesn’t), and response time which may not be as good as the TN panel, but way better than that of the IPS panel. 

4. AMD FreeSync

The Philips 242E1GSJ does support AMD FreeSync technology. The exact variant found on this 24″ gaming monitor is AMD’s FreeSync Premium which sits right between the basic AMD FreeSync, and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. 

philips 242e1gsj 24 inch gaming monitor review

To be qualified for these technologies, display manufacturers have to make sure they follow certain requirements. AMD FreeSync Premium allows for mandatory low frame rate compensation (LFC), and at least 120Hz display refresh rate in Full HD resolution.

Low frame rate compensation (LFC) makes sure that even if the game you are playing drops the frame to the actual supported refresh rate of your display, the monitor will still show you a smooth gameplay by producing multiple frames.

5. Various Modes for Gamers

Since the Philips 242E1GSJ is a gaming specific monitor, it also has multiple gaming modes for the users called SmartImage picture modes. 

Philips 242E1GSJ review

Currently, there are eight of these modes, including FPS, RTS, Racing, LowBlue Mode (with four intensity levels), EasyRead, and two customizable Gamer profiles.

You can also make display adjustments such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, five gamma modes, and up to seven color temperature presets. There is even an sRGB mode which limits the display to produce a 100% sRGB accurate picture. 

6. Number of Ports

The number of ports on the Philips 242E1GSJ is very minimal. It has one HDMI 1.4 port, one DisplayPort 1.2 input, and an audio line-out port so you can easily plug speakers or headphones directly on the monitor.

7. Mounting Options

The Philips 242E1GSJ is a well-built monitor, supporting a VESA mount. VESA, or Video Electronics Standards Association, requires manufacturers to comply on their specifications so there is a standard to follow. This should stop manufacturers from producing proprietary mounts which makes it hard for consumers to find or buy. 

The Philips 242E1GSJ uses 100x100mm VESA pattern, but the tilt adjustment is quite limited to only -5°/20°. 

8. Other Features

> Ultra Wide-Color Technology
philips 242e1gsj 24 inch review

The Philips 242E1GSJ offers an ultra wide color technology. Thanks to its 96% NTSC color gamut. That means, this display is about 126% sRGB accurate, or 93% DCI-P3 accurate. Not good enough for professional photo and video editing, but is great enough numbers for gaming. This should provide a very vivid, and almost true-to-life color rendition.

> Flicker-free technology

Too much exposure to flickering displays can lead to some temporary fatigue. This is why flicker-free technology is becoming a more common feature for gaming monitors right now. 

The flicker exists because of the way the LED backlighting is controlled. Basic display monitors use Pulse-Width Modulation method (PWM) to lower the display brightness. This method rapidly turns the backlight on and off, which can cause headache and eyestrain with long exposure. 

The Philips 242E1GSJ uses Direct Current Modulation method (DCM) to regulate the brightness. DCM works by varying the power supplies to the circuit, allowing for a more steady dips of brightness. 

> LowBlue Mode
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Aside from flickering, another main concern for staring at the display for a long time is the exposure to blue light which is a color in the visible light spectrum. Since blue light is a short wavelength, it produces high-energy. Long term exposure can lead to macular degeneration.

To counter this issue, most display manufacturers started supporting blue light filters for their products. The Philips 242E1GSJ has this feature.

> SmartContrast

Although it doesn’t support HDR output, the Philips 242E1GSJ features a SmartContrast. Goal is to create a deeper level of blacks, and make images look standout. The monitor supports up to 350 nits output, and 3,500:1 contrast ratio. One of the best. 

Conclusion

Philips certainly came a long way from where it started back in 1891. The Philips 242E1GSJ is one of the best gaming monitors we have reviewed, and probably one of the cheapest at only about $180 USD on Amazon US. Yes, it doesn’t support 4K, but a 1080p output isn’t bad either. Especially that it supports 144Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync Premium. 

While HDR is an important consideration for me, the monitor’s color accuracy outweighs this lacking feature. The 96% NTSC color gamut is still way better than what most brands offer on their monitor. In fact, this monitor is also capable enough beyond gaming — photo and video-editing. 

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