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Samsung SyncMaster 243T 24-inch LCD Display Review

Samsung SyncMaster 243T 24-inch LCD Display Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The included Pivot Pro utility offers good functionality for those who want to pivot the SyncMaster 243T's screen to portrait mode.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Feb 06 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Evaluation and Final Words

LCD Display Tests Observations
Brightness and Contrast:

The Samsung 243T display showed good gray scale shading. The white scale bars were clear and contrasted well with the black test background. It was difficult to see a perceptible change between 1% and 2% black test bars. Overall, the 243T's 500:1 contrast ratio translated into almost jet-black backgrounds and brilliant white text which was great to see. Minute shading changes seemed to be a bit of an issue, as the black shading test bards blended together into an almost uniform gray when viewed from more than a 45 degree angle.

Colour Vibrancy:

Colour vibrancy was excellent on the 243T. The all white screen faded into an off-white at more than 45 degrees again, but when viewed centrally the brightness appeared to be uniform, which is good. The red, green and blue test screens were very bright and the colour saturation was excellent. There were no dull or broken pixels visible, which should be expected from a display of this expense.

Colour Shading:

By displaying a primary colour transition from solid colour to black, it is possible to see one how well the LCD panel handles colour shading. Limited to 16.7 million colours, LCD screens often suffer banding to some degree. The slight transition from one shade to another can lead to a visible 'stepped' appearance. The Syncmaster 243T fairs well here, though slight banding was visible on the green screen test.

Resolution:
(native and non-native)

Resolution is excellent at the native 1920x1200. At a non-native 1280x768, dithering was acceptable despite some slight blurring. If you prefer larger fonts or need to run at a non-native resolution, the 243T will handle text gracefully.

Moire:

When testing the Syncmaster 243T display on its analog input, we saw no visible background noise in any of the moire tests.

Broken pixels, response times and other evaluation notes:

The 243T we tested did not have a single broken pixel on it - a measure of LCD panel quality we have come to expect when testing Samsung displays. In our tests (at 60Hz) rapidly moving text up and down, no text streaking was visible.

As we stated, the 243T did not prove ideal for gaming due to the average (25ms) pixel response times. In our response time test, the SyncMaster 243T showed minor distortion at 600 pixels per second movement and above, but nothing to write home about. This may make gaming slightly less enjoyable than it would be on a comparable CRT monitor, but it will not affect any other usage of the display.

Final Words

Possibly the most telling way to rate any given product is by judging the level of enjoyment we derived from reviewing it. In the case of the Samsung SyncMaster 243T, it's a clear smash hit - and we can be pretty jaded about these things. :-)

We did not experience any degree of frustration or disappointment while testing the Samsung Syncmaster 243T display, and it was generally a joy to use. Of course it's not too often PCSTATS reviews a display with the specifications of this one... but we did catch ourselves loading up favourite desktop backgrounds just to see how they would look on the vast 1920x1600 real estate of the SyncMaster 243T.

Using the digital DVI input, brightness, picture quality and sharpness were excellent across the board. The only imperfections were a mildly less than perfect rendering of true black shades in one of the monitor tests, and a general blurring of the darker end of the scale when viewed off-center. The rendering of the transition between grey and white was excellent on this display. Colours were extremely vivid and saturated, while remaining fairly even across the whole screen.

The build quality of the Samsung SyncMaster 243T is also excellent. The stand is substantial and does not slip around when the monitor is being adjusted. The pivoting and monitor rotation hinges work effortlessly, making handling this heavy screen very easy.

When pivoted to landscape mode, the SyncMaster 243T provides a great platform for web surfing or document editing. The amount of screen real-estate you can devote to web pages or documents is... impressive. The included Pivot Pro utility allows for easy mode switching, and adjusts the screen resolution along with its orientation. The only concern here is that the joints on the stand will eventually loosen up leaving the weight of the LCD panel to slump forward. When pivoting the panel 90 degrees around, the movement is very free and easy, so this may lead to 'rotational creeping' somewhere off in the future. A firmer joint would have satisfied us on this point, as the last thing anyone wants to see is 24" of LCD screen spontaneously shifting...

With a sticker price in the region of $2700 CDN ($2230 USD), the Samsung SyncMaster 243T is a high end solution ideally suited for commercial and demanding office applications, or consumers with a very deep pocket who demand high resolution screen real estate for their computing needs. Gamers might not appreciate this screen if they are fixated on pixel response times. Few LCDs compare favourably to CRT monitors for gaming.

There are only a handful of 24" LCD displays in existence with the specs and quality of this one, and if you are in the market for a high quality wide screen LCD for computing applications, I do not think you will be disappointed with the Samsung SyncMaster 243T.

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Contents of Article: Samsung Syncmaster 243T
 Pg 1.  Samsung SyncMaster 243T 24-inch LCD Display Review
 Pg 2.  Innovative features like the Pivot
 Pg 3.  Control Panel and OSD Menu
 Pg 4.  A closer look at the Syncmaster 243T
 Pg 5.  Subjective tests from using the display
 Pg 6.  — Evaluation and Final Words

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