REVIEW: Samsung P2450H Part 4
Samsung has also jumped onto the touch control bandwagon with this model. The touch-sensitive buttons take some getting used to and do not always respond immediately. They need to be stroked rather than pushed. Fingerprints will inevitably remain behind. In the standard settings, the illumination of the buttons is deactivated and they only light up when touched, but illumination can be switched to constant. An acoustic conformation when the buttons are pushed would be helpful. The red power button blinks in energy-saving mode.
The illuminated sensor buttons on the Samsung P2450H.
The illumination of the buttons is projected as a mirror image from the exterior onto the transparent frame below; this has a tilted semi-transparent mirror and the reflection can still be seen clearly even when there is strong light from the back or sides. In the factory settings, the monitor scans the input signal every three seconds and connects automatically to the source connected. Without illumination, the buttons appear as white dots and are arranged in double functions as follows: menu, down/user-defined button with factory setting MagicBright (or MagicColor, Colour effect, image size as preferred), up/brightness, enter/input signal and auto.
The illumination of the buttons is projected as a mirror image onto the exterior on the lower transparent frame.
The menu path is not very intuitive and needs some getting used to. The main menu is divided into the sub-menus Image, Colour, Size&Position and Setup & Reset.
One example of the awkward adjustment of the colour values (RGB) to set the white value is as follows: four buttons need to be used - a different one each time. Here, pressing the wrong button is inevitable.
Under the menu option Image, we find the usual settings for brightness, contrast and sharpness as well as Magic Bright, which makes changes to the colour temperature, brightness and contrast. The Optimal Contrast setting does not allow any more fine-tuning for the aforementioned settings.
In the Colour menu, we first saw the option MagicColor (offers an ideal contrast for moving screen content), which also has a demo mode that divides the monitor in half and shows display with MagicColor on the left and without it on the right.
Subjectively viewed, this feature brings about an improvement, but each user should make the decision to use or not to use this feature for him-/herself. For image editing, however, we would advise against using it because photos are changed. In addition, the RGB values can be adjusted and pre0defined modes are provided for the colour temperature – not with numerical values, but instead with the values Cold, Warm, Normal and user-defined.
The menu sub-option Colour effect switches the monitor to Grey Levels, Green, Aqua and Sepia - one wonders what the use of these gimmicks is. In the gamma setting, the user can only select from Modes 1/2/3.
In the menu option Size & Position, the (horizontal) H and (vertical) V position as well as the image size can be changed. The position of the OSD menu can also be defined.
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