Samsung SyncMaster T240
Once the Samsung T240 was out of the box, it was easy to see it looked great, and elegance and simplicity would be a strong selling point. But when it comes right down to it, the way a monitor performs and how its display looks is where a reputation is made or broken. Admittedly, the T240’s performance was impressive; response times are very fast, resulting in no ghosting issues when gaming, and the colour rendition was very good for a TN panel., and color rendition is accurate and vibrant, without being overpowering. In fact, in side-by-side comparisons with Dell ’s TN panel, the T240 produced better colour rendition, especially for photo editing and desktop work, two types of work that encompass a large percentage of people who would consider purchasing a monitor like this.
The T240 is designed well and has an attractive aesthetic that would be suitable in a home or office environment, but the piano finish will show marks and fingerprints easily. The ergonomics are good, and while tilt adjustment helps, a height-adjustable stand should be included for a monitor of this caliber and price range. It’s quite puzzling why Samsung didn’t include this as a standard feature. I suppose once the monitor is setup then it won’t be moved, but getting it set to an individual’s liking may be problematic since every desk or chair or preference is different. While this isn’t any sort of deal-breaker, it is a bit disappointing.
The on-screen controls are intuitive and easy to use, and allow for quick adjustments without having to delve deeply into sub-menus that occur in other monitors and frustrate users to no end. Along with the MagicTune software, setup and tweaking is easily accomplished for users that might be intimidated by customizing controls.
Quite simply, the Samsung T240 is an excellent 24-inch LCD monitor for mainstream users. It has great style and ergonomics, ease-of-use, good color rendition, fast response times, and is versatile enough to suit the home or office. It outperforms a very popular monitor by another major manufacturer, and can be purchased for approximately $310 USD ($280 with rebate if you’re lucky) or $360 CDN, putting it squarely in the middle of the price range for this market segment. While TN panels are not recommended for professional-quality graphics work, the T240 will handle the job for just about anything else you want. Office users will love the crisp display for text, families will love the look of their photographs and home movies, and gamers will love the fast response times and vibrant colors. If you’re in the market for a new 24-inch LCD, the Samsung T240 should be near the top of your shortlist.
Samsung SyncMaster T240
Our thanks go to Samsung for providing the T240 for this review.