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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent monitor, highly recommended, 29 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Samsung S24B300HL 23.6 inch Widescreen LED Monitor - Gloss Black (1920 x 1080 Full HD, 5ms, HDMI/VGA) (Accessory)
Let's keep this short and to the point:
1. No HDMI cable provided - just buy one for <2, if that's what you need; don't gripe when you don't find one in the box - it's clear from the description it only comes with a D-SUB or standard VGA cable (the blue-ended one.)
2. It's a great screen, as you'd expect from Samsung - crisp image/text, vivid colours, and all adjustable to your specific needs. The specs say it all - read them carefully.
3. YES, the screen tilts on the stand (with some persuasion, I grant), it's firm and doesn't wobble (so long as you securely screw it together, or unless you punch the keyboard when typing) and actually looks rather neat - it's gloss too, by the way, to match the 'frame' of the screen.
4. Warranty is 2 years (correct at time of writing), more details on Samsung's website.
5. Ensure your graphics card is a good quality one, and the drivers are up to date, as this can make a huge difference to the screen's resolution. The monitor works in tandem with your computer's graphics card, if the card is sub-standard (or if you're using an 'on-board' chip and no card at all) then you could have a 3000 monitor and will be disappointed if the card doesn't support 1920 x 1080. (If all this is gibberish to you, go do some research and save yourself some time and disappointment.)
6. I typically expect a monitor like this to last me at least 5 years, so why fret about a few extra pounds? Buy a quality screen for your enjoyment over that time. If you write off any extra cost over the same period it's negligible and therefore total false economy!
7. Only real drawback is the external power supply unit, if this goes wrong (and it's the most likely component to do so) then it can be relatively costly to replace. (Some may also feel that the lack of an integrated cable tidy at the back of the stand also a drawback.)
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2013 22:14:33 GMT
R. Beirne says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2013 08:19:44 GMT
Jon says:
I don't believe it is - there are lots of graphic cards that don't support HD resolution, in which case you wouldn't get the full benefit of this monitor. If you're going to make a comment like that then please back it up with some facts, otherwise it's not really helping anyone is it?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 19:09:05 GMT
Jon makes a valid point about cheap/badly implemented graphics cards e.g. integrated graphics. Not everything with an HDMI port performs equally. E.g, My Sony Vaio laptop has noticeably 'worse' performance than my GTX560 graphics card playing full screen films.
Loads of older macs will not do 1920x1080 - I think this is why some MBP users are getting perfect results, some not.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2013 21:12:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Apr 2013 21:13:37 BDT
However, as long as the user has a G41 or HD2000+ IGPU which all the new macs and most new low end pc's do you wont have any problems. Yes a Intel 941 or geforce 4 may not support 1080p but why would you buy a 100+ display for your old and very slow computer. I also disagree with point 7. If the external unit fails, buy a new one and its done. If you monitors internal transformer fails then its a costly job..

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2013 18:35:02 BDT
Jon says:
Waffle, with regards to point 7, I should perhaps elaborate by saying that in my experience (15+ years supporting Enterprise computers) I've never known an internal transformer to fail on a monitor; I've known several external power units that have. In those cases, the external units cost over 30 to replace - rather expensive relative to the cost of the monitor itself.

Posted on 29 Apr 2013 16:31:48 BDT
Kynie Studd says:
Hi, sorry, but I just wanted to ask, does this have a normal hdmi port, like from a normal cable... i cant see a definite answer anywhere and thought you may be able to help. better safe than sorry y'know?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 17:23:44 BDT
Jon says:
Hi, yes it has an HDMI port just like you'd find on the back of a TV, SKY+ HD box, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2013 21:22:16 BDT
thank you, I was about to ask if it had one. It doesn't show in the photos.

Posted on 3 Sep 2013 18:13:36 BDT
Andrea says:
TILT: I read comments online and watched a few videos where seems like this monitor does actually tilt. BUT I have tried really hard without managing to adjust the angle. I suspect that despite displaying identical model numbers there are different mass-productions and some of these monitors DO NOT tilt.

Posted on 20 Sep 2013 21:23:38 BDT
MrS says:
also this monitor has no screw holes on back which is a pain if you want to mount it on the wall/bracket
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