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Philips 242E1GSJ (242E1GAJ) with 144Hz Full HD VA panel

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144Hz Full HD VA models like the AOC C24G1 can be attractive to users looking for an all-round performer with an emphasis on contrast. The curved screen is not a selling point or necessarily desirable for everyone, although it comes with the territory due to the curved Samsung SVA panels used. The Philips 242E1GSJ (242E1GAJ European designation) offers an alternative for those who prefer flat screens. The monitor has a simple aesthetic, with extensive use of textured matte black plastic. The stand base is rectangular with a rounded front and rear edge on the ‘GSJ’ model and has a rectangular ring design on the ‘GAJ’. This is the only feature differentiating the two models. The top and side bezels are slender with a dual-stage design. This includes a slender panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen, plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons on the underside of the bottom bezel, towards the right side.

'GSJ' variant

'GAJ' variant

A 23.8″ VA (Vertical Alignment) panel is used with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync is also supported, including AMD FreeSync Premium, with a 48 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC. The screen distinguishes itself from competing models due to being based around a flat panel believed to be from CSOT, rather than a curved Samsung panel. This includes a 3500:1 specified static contrast, higher than the 2500:1 – 3000:1 more commonly specified for modern VA panels. 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified and a matte anti-glare screen surface is used. The monitor supports 8-bit colour and uses a flicker-free WLED backlight with 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 125.9% sRGB coverage. ‘LowBlue Mode’ Low Blue Light settings are included to enhance viewing comfort. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, plus a 1ms MPRT response time using the included strobe backlight setting. Such figures need to be taken with a pinch of salt. The stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility, although 100 x 100mm VESA holes are included for alternative mounting. The ports face backwards in a recessed area above the stand attachment point and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2a and a 3.5mm audio output.

VESA holes at rear

Further details related to the ‘GSJ’ and ‘GAJ’ models are found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor has an MSPR of £149 in the UK and is available for ~$145 in the US. A version with height adjustable stand (242E1GAEZ) is also listed in some regions including Europe, with an MSRP of £170.

Philips 242E1GSJ