Design & Build
The 24EN43 has the kind of slim, 1.8 cm edges that you'd usually see in a higher-end monitor. However, to keep costs to a minimum, LG has evidently had to make compromises on the materials used.
The casing is mostly made from matte black plastic and build quality isn't perfect. The back of the screen casing bends inwards when pressed, for example. Plus, the screen is ever so slightly loose where it attaches to the stand, so it moves around a little when you handle the monitor. The stand itself is as basic as it gets. It's not height-adjustable and there's no swivel function. All you can do is tilt the screen very slightly.
With no extra hardware features such as a USB hub or speakers, the 24EN43 needs to scrape back some points in this part of the review with its connections. It has VGA, DVI and HDMI ports, as well as a headphones out that you'll need for listening to the audio signal input over HDMI. There's an option in the menu for adjusting the volume of the headphones out, but there are no speakers built into the monitor itself.
With gamers as the main target for the 24EN43, LG will need to keep the monitor's ghosting time down to a minimum so that fast-moving images stay looking smooth and seamless onscreen. The input lag will also need to be low so that there's no latency between a gamer's command and its onscreen response. Those spilt seconds can be crucial in multiplayer gaming set-ups.
To improve this monitor's response time, go into the onscreen menu and change the "Response Time" setting from "Off" to "Low". Don't go any higher, though, as reverse ghosting starts to appear behind moving objects as soon as you reach the "Middle" setting.
This graph shows the ghosting time, measured in ms, which measures the time it takes this monitor to entirely remove the previous frame. The shorter the time, the more fluid moving images will appear.
The input lag is also a very low 12 ms, which is too low to be noticeable to the human eye. Multiplayer gamers therefore won't be at a disadvantage.
Colours & Contrast
With its out-of-the-box settings, the 24EN43 uses dynamic backlighting to boost the contrast. In practice, that above all leads to some pretty hefty variations in brightness when the screen switches from one image to the next. There's no specific option in the menu for getting rid of that, but switching to the "Cinema" picture mode does the trick nicely. After trying out all the various modes on offer here, "Cinema" proved the best in terms of image quality, with an average Delta E measured at 5. Delta E measures colour fidelity—the lower the better, with anything under 3 considered accurate.
in Cinema mode
- Average ghosting time measured at 9.5 ms: the screen is responsive enough for gaming
- Low input lag
- Contrast measured at 940:1
- Colour fidelity (Delta E = 5)
- Screen is a little wobbly on its stand
Although colour fidelity isn't perfect in the LG 24EN43, this display could still be a good choice for gamers looking for a monitor with a speedy response time, a low input lag and a budget price tag.