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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent monitor both for VGA and HDMI, 26 Feb. 2013
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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)
This is a genuine 1920 pixel by 1080 lines monitor. The colourimetry is excellent, and the HD BBC Test Card shows that the brightness to contrast range and sharpness are all correctly set by default. The surround bezel is gloss black, but the screen itself is more of a fine matte and does not reflect highlights. The Az blurb seems to be correct in most respects.

It has both HDMI and VGA inputs. Both work well to the full 1920x1080p resolution to 50Hz or 60Hz refresh. Even a 10metre long HDMI lead at 1080p was excellent. But for 1080p the VGA lead needs to be a shorter thick lead (4 foot), my longer thick lead (12 foot) softens the picture a little horizontally - as one might expect. In the end I didn't use the thin VGA lead that came with it.

It is capable of being too bright in a normal domestic or office environment, and I've reduced the back-light setting to about 30% to match the well-lit room it is used in so as to minimise eye-strain. The usual set of touch buttons to navigate the menus live on the lower edge next to the indicator light on the right.

It recognises the full range of VESA standard scan modes, and there is the ability to fine tune a slightly non-standard mode to scale it to fit the screen. The only negative thing I have found is that the stylishly sculpted design of the back means there are no VESA mounting holes.

It does NOT have any speakers. But then anything this thin would not be able to produce a decent sound, and there are lots of inexpensive excellent external speakers for PC. I still use an old set of Logitech X-230 speakers.

The Magic Picture Angle (MPA) is interesting, and it is a lot easier to adjust this with the touch buttons and menu than it is to tilt the set on the stand. When the MPA is aimed as detailed in the menu it is very directional, surprisingly so, especially when considering that the "Group View" is very non-directional and supports quite wide viewing angles both horizontally and vertically. I've not decided yet whether 'Off' or 'Group View' is the setting I should leave it on as being most useful, because gamma cannot be changed when a Magic Angle mode is active.

Tilting the monitor takes strong hands, courage and determination. If I had not read that others here have managed it I would not have tried for fear of breaking something. But, yes, it can be tilted back! The top part of the base-stand-bracket-assembly that is fixed to the monitor is actually a very, very stiff hinge with maybe as much as thirty degrees of movement. However, I don't plan to explore the full range, and I hope not to need to move it again.

The software that comes with it seems to work, but my ancient W7 machine was able to negotiate with the monitor and automatically set everything right before ever looking at the Samsung CD. I found that the PDF manual is the most useful item with the extra info that was not shown in the multi-language scraps of paper that come with it.

The mains unit is small and only seems to rise maybe ten or fifteen degrees above room temperature with the LED back-light brightness set for normal domestic/office lighting levels. It has a standard figure-8 two-pin mains socket, and both US and UK leads for it were supplied.

Addendum. 5th September 2013. Power usage.

I've measured the power it takes from the mains;
. Standby is about 0.5 Watts.
. Normal use at about 30% brightness is 12 Watts, (surprisingly good).
So now it, the speakers, and a few other bits are switched off automatically by a Belkin power strip when the computer goes to sleep.
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