REVIEW: Samsung 245B Part 16
…however, on the other hand, an image experience that is richer in contrast is achieved. In the top picture, OptimalContrast is deactivated, in the bottom picture, it is active.
Whether with or without OptimalContrast or MagicColor, every user must decide for him/herself; the film selected is also a criterion, since the negative effects are not always visible and in any case, the OptimalContrast function produces a fuller black, more contrasting colours and a more lively change from dark scenes to bright.
Overall, the SyncMaster 245B offers good playback for DVD and video material. However, we cannot rate it very good, since the vertical viewing angle limits viewing pleasure if chairs or raised or if the viewer wishes to watch a film from a lower couch. In addition, the monitor lacks extra video connections.
If you are looking for a large, inexpensive LCD monitor that need only be put in place and switched on and is then ready for use, you will not go wrong with the SyncMaster 245B from Samsung. This first available TN panel 24-inch monitor will be fully satisfactory fort he average discerning user and is recommended for work, games and multimedia applications.
In terms of image quality, it is comparable with the better 22-inch monitors and especially with it’s little brother, the SyncMaster 226BW. Office users will be pleased with its low power consumption, comprehensive ergonomic functions and robust build.
The good to very good suitability for gaming and the gleaming bright, vivid colours when the MagicColor function is active will appeal to games fans, especially as the interpolation quality for games in lower resolutions does not disappoint. The brightness distribution is also at a very good level for the consumer sector.
The SyncMaster 245B is not suitable for graphics artists, including all users who wish to use the monitor for more than improving their holiday snaps and/or must calibrate their monitors for this. This is partly because of the imperfect grey-level display in the standard settings and also because of the imprecise brightness settings on our test model, which makes precise calibration nigh on impossible. Regarding this latter, a retest is planned for July.
In comparison with the other 24-inch models to date with their VA and IPS panels, the Samsung monitor must obviously lag behind: As with all TN monitors, it does not achieve the natural colour intensity and the fuller black that the other panel types can. However, the positive side of this is that it lowers the price:
At an average price of €550.00, the SyncMaster 245B costs €150.00 to €200.00 less than the cheapest VA panel 24-inch monitors. Whether you go for the SyncMaster 245B with its TN panel or choose one of the more expensive VA panel models such as the Dell 2407WFP is simply a matter of taste: both models are worth the price you will pay!
Overall rating: GOOD
Technical specification: Samsung 245B
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