Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously impressive monitor, 11 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Samsung T240 24" Widecsreen 5ms Rose Black LCD Monitor TFT with DVI, HDMI Ready - 20000:1,Windows Vista Premium Ready (Personal Computers)
This is easily one of the best LCD monitors I've ever owned or used. The box includes the monitor, stand (which is capable of tilting backwards from vertical by 20-30 degrees or so, and has a free-swivel base), power cable (kettle plug, which is Euro 2-pin style but also includes a very solid and fancy-looking secure UK 3-pin adapter), VGA cable, DVI cable, cleaning cloth (actually a really decent one, which surprised me), instruction manual, quick-start guide, driver/software CD for Windows, and the warranty card. So, the only extra thing you may need to buy is an HDMI cable, if that's how you're going to connect your device to the monitor - otherwise, you're all set. Both the VGA and DVI cables are standard male to male and can be freely removed from the monitor (as can the power cable), and all ports are covered by a panel which clips on and off, leaving plenty of room for the cabling to run down the centre-back of the unit.

It's very securely packaged and arrived in perfect condition. The monitor has no dead pixels and its case is pristine; it's also surprisingly light for its size. The control buttons are easy enough to use (menu, up/down, select/auto, source), and the power button on the front is touch-sensitive (presumably capacitive). There's a small red LED below/behind the power button, which you can disable via the on-screen controls. On-screen controls show in a small box in the centre of the screen, and can be made semi-transparent if you wish.

The driver/software CD gives you colour-calibration software to precisely set up the colour profile for the monitor on Windows XP or Vista if you wish (if you're on Mac OS X, you can use the built-in colour calibration utility available from the Displays panel in System Preferences to do the same thing). The display supports a rotated video signal, but the stand is physically fixed in a landscape orientation.

The native resolution of the monitor is 1920x1200 (widescreen format), and it's staggeringly bright and vivid (as you'd expect given its tech specs). The auto-adjust function correctly adjusted the display area when I connected it to my computer, and it's also fast to switch between input sources. I've tested the screen today with rapid scrolling through long webpages, photo-correction work in Photoshop, and running World of Warcraft, and it performs brilliantly in all cases. The display isn't "glossy" and won't cause glare problems with reflected light.

This is one of the first LCD monitors I've used where I haven't immediately wanted to recalibrate the colour and spend ten minutes fiddling with the contrast; the default/auto settings are absolutely gorgeous - rich and saturated without bleeding or harshness. By all means buy this just for more desktop space or for gaming, but this is really a professional's monitor - I'd be completely comfortable using this for design and photographic work full-time.

As you might guess, I'd recommend the T240 without hesitation - it's an astonishing screen. You won't be disappointed whether you're a casual user, a gamer or a graphic arts professional. I've been very impressed with the quality of Samsung's LCD monitor (and television) products over the past 2 years, and this one definitely continues that trend.
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