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Samsung SyncMaster S24B750V review

Verdict

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)

Overall Rating
3 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
2 stars out of 6

Image Quality
4 stars out of 6

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.

Samsung SyncMaster S24B750V - front

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.

Samsung SyncMaster S24B750V - ports

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

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User comments

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

@JohnJohn

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

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