Dark Matter 24″ display is a good gaming or secondary monitor 

If you need an inexpensive gaming monitor or secondary display, Monoprice’s Dark Matter 24 ” Gaming Monitor offers a lot of bang for the buck, although I don’t recommend it as your main display. 

The 24-inch monitor sports a 24-inch 1080p 144Hz screen, which is great for some tasks such as gaming. However, if you’re used to a 4K or better display for your daily workflow, the Dark Matter monitor, at 1920 x 1080p pixels, lacks the resolution that you’ll want (or, at least, which I prefer). 

Also, there’s no support for HDR and the display can’t be lowered or raised (though you can tilt it). Connectivity options are abundant: HDMI 2.0, Display Port 1.2 and USB-C video inputs.

The Dark Matter 24″ Gaming Monitor features an IPS‑like panel, with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, which makes it well suited for gaming. Thanks to AHVA technology, it offers near 100% sRGB color gamut and wide viewing angles, while Adaptive Sync technology keeps gameplay running smoothly at high frame rates. Other display stats: 1.67 million (8-bit) colors, 300 nits of brightness; and ~89 PPI.

The Dark Matter display requires you to attach the stand before use. If you don’t have small fingers or a magnetic Philips head screwdriver, this is a bit of a pain. The stand can be removed to allow access to the 75×75 VESA mount pattern for use with a wall or desk mount.

The Dark Matter Gaming monitor lacks built-in speakers. However, the monitor does have a headphone jack connector (on the back) to attach speakers.

At the price, you don’t expect the build quality of a pricer display. The monitor is all plastic, but solidly built.

Despite its shortcomings, the Dark Matter 24” Gaming Monitor is a good deal for the price. In fact, as I wrote this article, you could nab one for only US$139.99; the normal price is $229.99.

Apple World Today rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.