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REVIEW: Samsung 245B

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 24"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,270
Native resolution: 1.920 x 1.200
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 518 x 324 / 610
Video-In, connector: 1 x D-Sub analog / 1 x DVI-D digital
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 56 - 76
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 30 - 81 / -
Color mode preset/user: 6 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes (after unlock a screw)
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: DVI-D cable, Sub-D cable, power cable, CD, quickstart-guide
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 560 x 444,5 x 250 (with feet)
Weight [kg]: 8,4
Compliance: TCO’03, ISO 13406/2, CE, EPA Energy Star, VESA, TUEV GS
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: 100 / < 2 / -
Test date: 22.06.2007
Rating:  
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: +/-
Contrast: +
Color space: +
Subjective impression of image quality: +
Shades of gray resolution: +/-
Brightness allocation: ++
Interpolation image quality: ++
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: ++
Operating, OSD: ++
Suitable for occasional gamer: ++
Suitable for hardcore gamer: +
Suitable for DVD/Video: +
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 649,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad

Introduction

In terms of popularity, TN panels are ahead of the rest – no wonder, since they can be produced in a cost-efficient manner, meaning that the displays are relatively inexpensive and appeal to a broad buyer group. In addition, the display quality of TN panels has been greatly improved in the last few years.

After establishing itself within the 22-inch class, TN technology is now entering the 24-inch market, which, to date, has been dominated by VA and IPS panels. For the first time, Samsung has a 24-inch monitor in its repertoire that is equipped with a TN panel: the SyncMaster 245B.

This monitor is of particular interest to users who are looking for an inexpensive but large office monitor with a high resolution – and, of course, also to gamers. Indeed, it is on the games market that TN panel LCDs are still the best choice in terms of response speed and latencies.

But is it worth paying an average of €250 more than you would for a 22-inch monitor and can a TN panel, with its inferior viewing angles, be used with no difficulty in this size category? We have tested these things just for you!

We used an Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS graphics card. All test results were obtained via a digital connection except for the analogue image quality, which was tested via analogue DVI-A/D-Sub connections.

Scope of supply

The Samsung 245B comes assembled in the box. Along with the LCD itself, the scope of supply includes a getting started guide and the warranty papers as well as a CD and all necessary cables: a DVI-D cable, a D-Sub cable and the power cable. However, the power cable included with our test monitor was not suitable for the European market.

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