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HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor Review

The HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor ($399.99) is the smaller of two new HP productivity monitors optimized for use in conference calls and video calls. (It’s smaller and has a lower resolution than its sibling, the HP E27m G4 QHD USB-C Conference Monitor.) sound your best and hear other participants loud and clear. It’s basically a USB-C docking station monitor, similar to the publisher’s award-winning HP E24d G4 FHD Advanced Docking Monitor, with added video conferencing features, making it a solid solution for work. remotely from a cluttered office.


A small panel with teleconference chops

Even as the pandemic recedes (for now, at least), the convenience of bringing people together remotely has made video conferencing a permanent part of the business (and, for most users, personal) landscape. Conference-ready monitors provide more powerful video and audio tools than you get with a laptop’s webcam and sound system. In the case of the HP E24m, you also get all the features you expect from a USB-hub productivity monitor.

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The display’s most distinctive feature is its 5-megapixel, tilt-adjustable pop-up webcam (with a 25-degree range) with Windows Hello support. Associated audio features include dual echo cancellation microphones and 5 watt stereo speakers. The E24m is one of the first monitors to achieve Zoom certification, meeting or exceeding all of the conferencing company’s requirements in more than 200 benchmark tests that test the webcam, microphones and speakers. In my own Zoom calls using the E24m, my video feed looked crisp, a marked improvement in image quality over the webcams of my Lenovo ThinkPad T490 work and HP Pavilion Aero personal.

HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor Webcam

(Photo: Molly Flores)

The E24m is enclosed in a black chassis affixed to a silver stand; it has holes for a VESA mount (not included) if you want to mount it on a wall or a mobile arm. Its 24-inch in-plane switching (IPS) panel offers Full HD or 1080p resolution with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Nearly frameless on the top and sides, it has a 2-inch bottom bezel that houses the speakers. The webcam sits at the rear of the chassis and is easily pulled out by hand, flush with the top of the monitor when not in use.

The stand consists of a sturdy rectangular base and a vertical shaft, with a hole at the bottom that you can run cables through. It supports all the standard ergonomic features: you can adjust the screen height up to 5.9 inches (a generous range); tilt its top up to 5 degrees towards or 23 degrees away from you; rotate the screen in both directions; and rotate it between landscape and portrait modes in both directions as well.

Rear of HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor

(Photo: Molly Flores)

As mentioned, the HP has all the features (mainly a wide selection of ports) found in USB-C hubs or docking station monitors. You can connect the monitor to a laptop via the former’s USB-C port; the E24m can supply up to 65 watts to power or charge the laptop via USB Power Delivery and receive data or video via DisplayPort over USB Alternate Mode. For peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard or flash drive, there are four USB 3.1 Type-A ports.

Other connections include an HDMI port, DisplayPort input and output connectors, and an RJ-45 Ethernet jack through which you can access a wired LAN for a more consistent connection than Wi-Fi. If you have a HP laptop connected to the monitor via USB-C, your IT department can use the Ethernet link to perform configuration, administration, and security tasks remotely.

In terms of supported network management features, the Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE boot) allows a computer to boot directly from the network. LAN/WLAN switching automatically switches between Ethernet and Wi-Fi as needed. Wake-on-LAN (WoL) allows a computer to be woken up remotely from a low power state. And MAC address pass-through allows the laptop to bypass the monitor/dock’s MAC address so that it can be uniquely identified on the network with its own MAC. Note that these functions only work for “in-band” laptop power states (the laptop is not accessible through the monitor if it is turned off).

HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor Ports

(Photo: Molly Flores)

While most of the E24M’s ports face down on the rear, two of the USB Type-A ports sit on the left edge for easy access, with the 3.5mm audio jack on the right. The rear, downward-facing monitor ports are typically hard to reach, but with HP’s ability to swivel from landscape to portrait mode, you can rotate the chassis 90 degrees in either direction to make the ports easily accessible.

Two sets of small control buttons reside on the bottom edge of the screen. The four on the left, labeled with icons in front, turn the speakers and microphone on or off, and control speaker volume. The four buttons on the right (to the left of the power button) control the on-screen display (OSD); since they’re not labeled, I found it too easy to hit the wrong button when trying to navigate the menus. Mini-joystick controllers like the one in the Dell UltraSharp 27 USB-C Hub Monitor are easier and more intuitive to use.

HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor Controls

(Photo: Molly Flores)

HP backs the E24m with a modest one-year standard warranty. Most monitor manufacturers offer three-year warranties, while Philips backs its displays, such as the Brilliance 279P1, for four years.


E24m review: good color coverage and contrast

I tested the HP E24m G4 for brightness, contrast ratio, and color accuracy using our standard test equipment: a Klein K-80 Colorimetera Murideo SIX-G signal generator, and Portrait Displays’ CalMAN 5 calibration software.

HP rates the monitor’s luminance at 300 nits (candelas per square meter), but it only managed 233 nits in my tests. It’s still bright enough for almost any commercial purpose, unless you’re editing photos or video. The screen did slightly better than its nominal 1,000:1 contrast ratio, with a score of 1,065:1.

HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor Color Gamut

The company estimates that the E24m covers 99% of the sRGB color space used on the web. In my tests using the default mode (neutral color), it covered sRGB with room to spare (112%), and also covered 80% of the wider Adobe RGB color space and 82% of the DCI- Popular P3 for digital video.

In subjective tests, photos in our Image Suite looked bright and well-focused, with accurate colors. Video clips showed good contrast and color saturation.


Your home videoconferencing center

The HP E24m is an ideal choice as a conference call monitor for a compact home office or small office. Its webcam and microphone are superior to typical laptop AV gear, proving their mettle in my video conferencing tests, and its speakers pump out loud but clear sound. The panel offers good color coverage in the sRGB space and incorporates all the connectivity of a USB docking station monitor, including the ability to power or charge your laptop, multiple video and Ethernet inputs. It also has all the standard ergonomic features.

HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor Angle

(Photo: Molly Flores)

If you want a conference monitor with a bigger screen, we recommend the HP E27m, our new Editors’ Choice among productivity monitors. Another possibility is the Asus BE279QSK (currently in review), which offers a 27-inch panel for less than the E24m, but lacks the USB-C connectivity and USB hub found in HP monitors . The only USB port available to Asus is a type B port to connect to a PC to allow the use of the webcam. But if you’re a frequent conference speaker without the desk space for a large monitor, the HP E24m is a great alternative to the E27m at a considerably lower price.

HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor

Advantages

  • 5-megapixel pop-up, tilting webcam and dual microphones

  • Twin 5 watt speakers

  • Supports Power and DisplayPort over USB-C

  • USB-A Hub

  • Full range of ergonomic functions

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The essential

The HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor lets you up your conferencing game with a good webcam, dual microphones, and powerful stereo speakers. Ideal for cramped offices, it offers a multitude of connectivity choices and great ergonomics.

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