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REVIEW: Samsung 2493HM Part 5

Controls and OSD

The design is not disturbed by any buttons – instead, capacitive buttons are built into the exterior under the piano lacquer, which are easy to use after a short period of getting used to them. Only the inconspicuous labelling of this section can no longer be read in the evenings when the light is weak. Since the sensor buttons can also not be distinguished by touch, use of them becomes a matter of luck. Here, a function illumination or the blending of the button functions into the display would be helpful.

The sensor buttons are located on the front on the bottom right of the frame with the blue LED on the very right.

Buttons from left to right: Menu / back: Opens the OSD and serves for leaving individual sub-menus in the OSD. "Customized Key" / down: Can be linked with a particular menu from the OSD. In the OSD, this button is used to move the selection down or reduce values. Volume / high: Calls up the volume control for the integrated speakers. In the OSD, the button is used to move selection up or increase values. Source: switches between the three inputs. In the OSD, men options are opened with this option. Auto: Only active when the monitor is connected via analogue, this button adjusts the image displayed optimally on the monitor. On/off: switches the monitor on or off.

The user should not put too much pressure on the sensor buttons, since the monitor starts to wobble easily and then continues to swing for several seconds. In addition, the buttons respond to contact and not pressure, which makes any use of strength unnecessary. However, the user gets used to this circumstance quickly.

The OSD is well-structured and can be used intuitively. Here, it is very useful that the last selected menu option is always selected initially. Only changing the resolution erases the last menu option.

Below are some pictures and information on the functions of the menu:


The settings for brightness and contrast, both of which can be set freely to values between 0 and 100, are found here. In addition, a menu option, called "MagicBright" by Samsung, is also present here, which leads to a further sub-menu.

Behind the magical name are concealed 5 pre-defined colour modes and a freely selectable mode, which is called Custom.

Colour mode settings.


In the second and most extensive option, Color, are further sub-menus, but no direct setting options. Here, too, Samsung has secretively named a menu option "MagicColor".

Creative naming in second OSD: A "Magic Color" option can be found in the Color menu option.

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