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REVIEW: Samsung 2493HM

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size [inch]: 24
Pixel size [mm]: 0,270
Native resolution: 1.920 x 1.200
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 518,4 x 324 / 609,6
Video-In, connector: 1 x D-Sub (analog), 1 x DVI-D (digital), 1 x HDMI (digital)
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 56 - 75 (native resolution @ 60 Hz)
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 30 - 81 / 164
Color mode preset/user: 5 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: Power cable, D-Sub-Kabel, DVI-D-Kabel, audio cable, USB uplink cable, guide, drive CD, cleaning cloth
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 565,0 x 447,5 x 250,0 (with feet)
Weight [kg]: 8,5
Compliance: ISO 13406-2, CE, RoHS, EnergyStar
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: 110 / 1,5 / 1
Test date: 7/5/2008
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]: 350,00

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


The Samsung website is advertising the 24-inch SyncMaster 2493HM multimedia monitor with the promise "High-end features paired with an elegant design ". At an attractive price of just 400 Euro, however, we must ask the question: how many features does this model actually offer and does it fulfil our high-end expectations?

With its ability to transmit HDCP via the HDMI and DVI-D inputs and an additional 15-pin D-Sub input, at least the monitor comes with all desirable connectors.

The fast 5 ms TN panel brings with it a static contrast of 1,000:1 and a dynamic contrast of an impressive 10,000:1 according to the manufacturer, which, in combination with the pre-defined colour modes and the new "MagicBright" contrast optimisation, should ensure optimal playback for all applications, from text editing and games to HD playback.

The reproducible colour space can be read about on the American homepage and is limited to 82 percent of the NTSC – so we cannot expect an extended colour space here.

Plugged as being "perfect for every type of multimedia application", this very attractively designed monitor will be subjected to a very thorough test below.

We tested the monitor in PC mode on a Sparkle GeForce 8800GTS 512 (G92).

Scope of supply

The model is delivered in a completely assembled state in a stable carton. In order to protect it against scratches, dust and fingerprints, all parts of the monitor where there is a high-gloss piano lacquer finish are covered with self-adhesive sheets and the complete monitor is placed in a padded plastic shell.

In addition to the monitor, the user also receives a DVI-D cable, a D-Sub cable, a USB Uplink cable, an audio cable, a power cable, a Quick Set-up Guide, a guarantee card, a CD with drivers, software and a manual as well as a microfibre cloth for cleaning the screen.

Extensive selection of cables, which are needed for using the monitor. Unfortunately, there is no HDMI cable.

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