Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM review

5 Oct 2009

A few minor flaws, but the design, features and high-quality panel make for a compelling purchase

Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM
Price when reviewed 
236
5

It may be surprising to see a £200 plus monitor earning such high praise when so many others offer good quality for less, but the small premium is always worth paying at these large sizes. And the Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM certainly offers plenty to justify the outlay.

It's a stylish yet understated TFT, using the more conventional of Samsung's two main TFT designs: a glossy black squared-off frame with a neat silver bar running along the bottom edge. The stand is wide and sturdy, with 10cm of height-adjustment range and a pivot on the back to rotate it to portrait mode. It also offers a pair of USB ports.

Your PCs and consumer devices are all catered for thanks to the HDMI, DVI and VGA ports on the back, and there's a 3.5mm audio input to feed the integrated 3W speakers. They won't match a pair of external stereo speakers, but they'll do well enough for everyday listening.

The 1,920 x 1,080 panel is up to Samsung's usual high standards, with smooth gradients, accurate colours and a good level of brightness once we'd tweaked a few settings - it's a little dim out of the box, so we switched to custom colour and raised the brightness. The only minor blips were the resulting not-so-deep black level and some slightly iffy viewing angles. This may not be one for editing photos, but videos looked punchy and full of detail.

There are a few design issues, such as the slightly unreliable touch controls on the front, but these are outweighed by the clean menu design. It may be a little dearer than most at this size, but unless you really don't need the speakers and integrated USB hub, we'd pay that little extra for the superb SyncMaster 2494HM.

Details

Price ex VAT £205
Price inc VAT £236
Overall rating 6
Image quality 5
Features & Design 6
Value for Money 6

Main specifications

Screen size 24.0in
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 50,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.277mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type Stereo
Speaker power ouput 6W
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 1
USB ports (downstream) 2
3.5mm audio input jacks 1
Headphone output yes
Other audio connectors N/A

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA, 3.5mm audio
Internal power supply yes

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings Cool, Normal, Warm, Custom
Extra adjustments Image position, size, source, gamma, sharpness, OSD position, language, transparency, info, reset

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 0 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle N/A
Height adjustment 100mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? yes
Bezel width 17mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 573 x 250 x 420mm (WDH)
Weight 8.400kg