Price of 24in LCD monitors falls below £100

The average outlay for a large screen monitor has fallen over the past couple of years. Perhaps not as dramatically as flash or system memory but significantly enough for it to reach a new landmark.

We’ve noticed that the first 24in monitor under £100 - the Arianet M240 - has landed over at UK retailer Aria, coming with a three year warranty and some pretty interesting specs.

It is a distant cousin of the Edge10 W243h, which was priced at a whopping £170 back in February 2009. Like many 24in monitors on the market, the Arianet M240 is in actuality a 23.6in model with a diagonal of around 600mm. It has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, which translates into a bigger dot pitch compared to smaller 21.5in models.

Additionally, it has two speakers, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a brightness of 300 cd/m2 and a response time of 2ms. Other features include a VESA mount, a DVI and D-Sub connector (no HDMI) and a fairly boring looking frame and stand.

Ultimately, the question is not whether the Edge 10 M250 is a decent monitor, but whether it's worth paying a 25 per cent premium on the price of a 22in monitor, given that the resolutions are the same.