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Glorious Samsung HD Monitor,
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This review is from: Samsung P2450H 24-inch Widescreen Full HD 1920 x 1080p Monitor (2ms, HDMI, Rose Red) (Personal Computers)
I can honestly say I was shocked at just how good this screen actually is. For the price tag, compared to the price of other screens that are of this size, resolution and functionality, it is literally unbeatable.
The screens native resolution is 1920 x 1080 which is Full HD. This can be utilised using the either the HDMI or DVI, of which the monitor has ports for both (with a VGA port for those who use it). Although the screen supports HDMI, there are no speakers - however, the monitor has a Digital Optical OUT and 3mm Audio OUT to connect directly to external speakers or a 5.1 digital setup. The screen does not actually feature a button system, however it has a touch sensitive panel on the front of the display which is used to access the menus and switch between inputs. The screen features a 'wine red' tint around the clear edge which give the screen a modern feel.
The packaging is molded styrofoam and the accessories are separated from the screen. The accessories include a DVI cable, a UK power cable, a US power cable, an installation CD for colour calibration (not always necessary), instruction manuals, screen stand and warranty. The stand slots together in two pieces and screws secure and is then inserted into the underneath of the monitor. I don't think it clicks but it is secure enough to not fall out when the screen is lifted. The screen has mounting holes on the back as well for if you wish to have this mounted on a wall or hanging bracket.
Through DVI the picture is sharp and at 1920 x 1080 the picture is crystal clear. I would suggest that you set the Picture Mode to 'Cool' as it the default 'Normal' settings push the colour quite a bit. Apart from that, its perfectly fine. Through HDMI the picture is as expect, sharp and again, crystal clear. Let your XBOX or PS3 determine the best output setting and it will automatically adjust to the best setting for the console. It has a 2ms response speed which means less blurry images, very noticeable when playing console games. The audio from the 3mm OUT port on the back is great, there is plenty of space for the headphone/aux wire to be connected. Windows 7 recognises the screen straight away and was able to create a dual screen setup within minutes of connecting the screen (picture on the Image Gallery).
My only minor complaints about the screen (complaint being too harsh a word) concern the touch panel and surfaces. Every now and then the touch panel can be a bit extreme in how it responds to presses, it may not respond first touch or it may respond as if it has been pressed multiple times - however this doesn't happen often and once you've changed the initial settings you will find you rarely need to even use the menus. Also the screen itself attracts dust and fluff, although a quick once-over every few days eliminates this. These are very minor issues that I'm bringing up and are just for your information, you will very soon forget these as the screen makes up for it.
People have made comment about the stand making the screen shaky - This is true if you are working on a stand alone work station that may cause the screen to move if it is shook, however if this is on a regular fixed desk then this isn't an issue at all.
I'm giving the screen 5/5, the minor issues are easily overlooked and the screen itself is an absolute bargain for the price available on Amazon.