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Samsung SyncMaster F2380 23-inch 16:9 Widescreen LCD Review

Samsung SyncMaster F2380 23-inch 16:9 Widescreen LCD Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The use of C-PVA technology means the SyncMaster F2380 can achieve 178° horizontal and 178° vertical viewing angles, so colours won't shift or dim if you move your head relative to the position of the monitor.
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External Mfg. Website: samsung Jan 28 2010   Julian Apong  
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OSD / Conclusions: widescreen LCD too good to be true?

On Screen Display menu

The OSD menu Samsung uses takes a bit of time to get used to, mainly because four horizontal control panel keys are needed to navigate and toggle different options. The OSD itself isn't particularly complicated and most of the visual options are redundant if you connect the display to a PC via the DVI video cable.

Brightness and Contrast can be adjusted manually in the Picture menu, or be cycled through presets using the MagicBright options.

The Samsung F2380 tends to be calibrated to a green-heavy tint, although this is easily correctable in the color menu.

Using a digital input means that the horizontal and vertical screen position is locked in place. The default screen settings should be centered correctly at 100% image size. The setup screen provides a few basic settings for adjusting the screen's power saving options and source selection, although this can also be adjusted through the operating system.

The information will display the current screen settings, which is useful for diagnosing problems with videocard output.

On paper the Samsung SyncMaster F2380 seems like the perfect compromise for those looking for an upgrade from the poor colour accuracy and viewing angles of cheap widescreen TN-LCD panels, but at a much more reasonable price than a 23" professional IPS or PVA panel. For $340 CDN ($320 USD, £200 GBP), you're getting 1920x1080 resolution, a 3000:1 contrast ratio and a pair of digital inputs.

When using the 23" SyncMaster F2380 display it's difficult to not be immediately impressed by the panel brightness and contrast. Black levels are excellent, with very little backlight bleed-through. When placed next to a LCD display based on a TN panel or next to a CRT monitor, the Samsung SyncMaster F2380's C-PVA panel looks more vibrant and lifelike.

It's only on closer inspection that image quality problems start to rear their ugly, inaccurate heads. While Samsung claims that the SyncMaster F2380 display can manage 178-degree horizontal/vertical viewing angles without colour or brightness distortion, there's noticeable washout with dark colours and shadows. Looking at the monitor from a ~30-45 degree angle it's clear where the screen starts to shift. This makes the Samsung F2380 difficult to recommend to graphic designers or imaging professionals that need to gauge colour fidelity accurately. For regular folk though, it's quite a good LCD display for the price.

On the other hand the 8ms grey-to-grey pixel response rate makes the F2380 problematic for fast-paced gaming and motion. The ghosting is noticeable enough to make fast moving objects and rotating viewpoints blurrier than they should be, which can make those with especially sensitive eyes motion-sick.

So if it's not for graphic designers nor really for gamers, who is this LCD display good for then? Just about everyone else, really.

Samsung's 23" SyncMaster F2380 is great for watching movies on thanks to its widescreen 16:9 aspect ration, and can be hooked up as an HDTV with the purchase of an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. That extra widescreen real estate is also great for displaying multiple documents side-by-side, which can increase productivity at the office.

The physical design of the Samsung SyncMaster F2380 also deserves some praise. The height-adjustable swivel/pivot/tilt stand is very versatile, and both the neck and base of the stand can be removed if you want to mount the monitor on an articulating arm. The exterior of the SyncMaster F2380 is unobtrusive, with a simple matte black finish, square base and thin bezel.

If you're looking to upgrade the monitor for your home or work PC and want to move up to a display with first-class brightness and contrast levels, the Samsung SyncMaster F2380 is an ideal LCD. It's priced fairly competitively against equivalently-sized TN-based LCD widescreen displays, and performs well as long as you don't need extreme refresh rates or colour accuracy.

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Contents of Article: samsung SyncMaster F2380
 Pg 1.  Samsung SyncMaster F2380 23-inch 16:9 Widescreen LCD Review
 Pg 2.  A Very Wide Widescreen LCD
 Pg 3.  Ports, Video Connections, Wall Mounting Stands
 Pg 4.  LCD Viewing Angles and Display Quality Tests
 Pg 5.  — OSD / Conclusions: widescreen LCD too good to be true?

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