REVIEW: Samsung P2450H
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
At first glance, the new Samsung P2450H from the SyncMaster range is interesting for gamers in particular and has already been used in the "World Cyber Games 2009". The somewhat confusing dynamic contrast of 70,000:1 and 2 ms response time for a grey-to-grey change, together with HDMI and HDCP compatibility certainly make some promises.
Equipped with a 16:9 widescreen and Full-HD TN panel with a native resolution of 1.920 x 1.080 pixels, it is especially interesting for use with consoles and Blu-ray players, which usually have this resolution. Unlike other 24-inch monitors with a 16:10 aspect ratio, the model is missing 120 pixels in height for work. In order to still achieve the diagonal, it is somewhat wider, but not taller, than a 4:3 19-inch monitor.
The model was tested in PC mode using an ATI Radeon HD 4800 and in Mac usage with an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT. Measurements were carried out using an X-Rite i1 Pro spectral photometer and the Quato iColor Display software as well as Eye-One Match. For connection to the computer, we tested both connection via DVI and HDMI.
Compared to other 24-inch monitors, the Samsung P2450H comes in a compact box (653 x 422 x 139 mm) with a practical handle and a weight of about 7,2 kg. The monitor is packed well between Styrofoam sections that fit exactly; the base and cables are located outside it and are only protected by the box itself. The monitor and base are also protected with an adhesive sheet to prevent fine scratches and also for an antistatic effect.
The Samsung P2450H is delivered in this box.
The scope of supply includes a printed quick set-up guide, a cleaning cloth, the usual guarantee and safety conditions and a CD containing a detailed user guide in several languages, monitor drivers and MagicTune and Multiscreen software. Also included are a power, DVI and D-Sub cable; no HDMI cable is included. The cables are rather thin but are cushioned. During usage, we were unable to establish any losses in quality caused by the cables.
On the left, the securely packed monitor and on the right, the accessories provided.
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