Samsung SyncMaster S24B750V review
A stylish, well-built monitor which partners modern looks with smartphone-friendly features, but the price is far too high
Review Date: 10 Jul 2012
Reviewed By: Sasha Muller
Price when reviewed: £208 (£250 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
There’s no denying Samsung’s new 24in Full HD monitor looks fantastic, but its space-age appearance isn’t its only unusual feature. It also has smartphone-friendly technology built in, allowing it to display images and videos from a range of compatible handsets.
The technology in question is Mobile High-Definition Link, or MHL, which makes it possible to connect a range of Samsung handsets, as well as other compatible models, to view the phone’s display on the big screen. While we can’t envisage many hooking their phones up to a big screen to play movies or games, it could be of use for showing off photos to family and friends.
So it’s innovative, but the S24B750V does sacrifice practicality for style. The stand, for one, tilts a little back and forth, but there’s no height adjustment or portrait mode, and the external power supply is a retrograde step.
Ease of use is below par, with the combination of touch-sensitive buttons and a feature-packed onscreen display making it fiddly to adjust even basic settings. Connectivity is rudimentary, with a single D-SUB input and twin HDMI inputs, as well as two 3.5mm jacks for piping audio to the rather average internal speakers, or out to a discrete set of speakers.
Critically, image quality disappoints too. Where most monitors at this price now use IPS technology, Samsung has stuck with an inferior TN panel, and although it’s among the better TN panels on the market, viewing angles are narrow and the colour palette muted compared to IPS monitors.
We put it to the test with our X-Rite i1Display 2 colorimeter and found the S24B750V to be bright enough at 258cd/m2, but with a disappointing contrast level of 696:1 giving slightly greyish blacks. Colour reproduction, meanwhile, lacks the vivid accuracy of the best models at this price. This is partly due to the high 6,940K colour temperature, which adds a slight bluish tint. With an average Delta E of 3.4 and a maximum deviation of 9.5 in the greens, there’s plenty of room for improvement.
The Samsung S24B750V’s new-age looks and novel smartphone connectivity may be enough for some, but at this price we’d demand much higher image quality than this. With the AOC i2352Vh delivering IPS technology and a 23in Full HD panel for half the price, Samsung’s SyncMaster S24B750V is a classic example of style over substance.
Author: Sasha Muller
A 'modern look' if you're into The Jetsons!
By The_Scrote on 10 Jul 2012
Why full HD?
Why are full HD panels (1920 x 1080) so popular?
Are people spending all day watching videos?
I wouldn't consider anything less than 1920x1200 running Windows.
By JohnJohn164 on 10 Jul 2012
because the manufacturers think that we don't work on computers anymore, we just watch films... :-(
For those that do real work, it is a huge step backwards.
Also, the stand isn't height adjustable (even angle adjustable?), so it cannot be used in a business setting either.
By big_D on 11 Jul 2012
- Second NatWest outage in a week after DDoS attack
- Ex-Microsoft exec Paul Maritz "too old" to do Ballmer's job
- Microsoft patches TIFF flaw in next Patch Tuesday
- HP builds Leap Motion into keyboards
- Spotify expected to offer mobile music for free
- Briton sues Microsoft over NSA data spying
- Microsoft takes down $2.7m click-fraud botnet
- 3D printed guns worth ten years in jail
- Government unveils £10m for "innovative" broadband, but quiet about last fund's fate
- Why teachers shouldn't be nervous about shift to coding
- Tech City: Easy to score when you move the goalposts
- How to remove SkyDrive from the Windows 8.1 Explorer
- Switching from iPhone to Android? Switch off iMessage
- Why is Google pumping more money into Firefox?
- Sky Broadband Shield review
- Samsung Galaxy S4: how to double your battery life
- Motorola Moto G review: first look
- IBM Watson meets Willy Wonka
- Google’s support policies shove users towards Chrome
- Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: first look
- Closer to reality: photorealism in computer graphics
- Windows 8.1: Top 10 advanced features
- Securing the Internet of Things
- Internet of Things: five unlikely hacking risks
- Life behind the wall: censorship in China
- 42 best Android apps
- 3D museums that never close
- 29 best Windows 8.1 apps
- Bring an old PC up to speed
- My PC is infected: what now?
- The importance of load balancing
- Windows Phone App Studio: an easy way to create your first Windows Phone 8 app
- The end of Windows XP support: what it really means for businesses
- Don't rely on Chrome's password vault
- Using Buffer to manage your social media
- Microsoft needs its own Steve Jobs
- Forget credit cards: hackers want your Facebook account
- Can't get fast enough broadband? Here's what to do
- Leap Motion and the battle against UI stagnation
- How to build a really bad network
There are dozens of exciting prizes up for grabs on PC Pro Competitions. All our competitions are free to enter. Try your luck.ENTER NOW