Product: Samsung SyncMaster 245BW 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer: Samsung
MSRP: $499.99 [BizRate]
Lowest Historical Price: $330 [History]

Introduction
Ever since we rolled out BensBargains.net 3.5 with a wider layout, desktop space became low in supply. The Dell 2001FP 20.1" LCD Monitor we were using at the time just wouldn't cut it anymore with its 1600x1200 resolution. Enter the Samsung SyncMaster 245BW 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor. Prices on LCD monitors were dropping like flies at the time, with the Samsung 245BW going for $330 and the Soyo DYLM24D 24" Monitor going for as low as $250. Based on its specs, we felt the Samsung was worth the extra money.

Specs
Screen Size: 24"
Response Time: 5ms
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Resolution: 1920x1200@60Hz (Analog/Digital)
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (3000:1 Dynamic)
Video Signal: Analog RGB, DVI
Viewing Angle (Horizontal/Vertical): 160/160

Setup
The install was fairly simple. It was, for the most part, pre-assembled. Standard accessories are included: VGA & DVI cables and the power cord. The power supply is integrated with the monitor, so there is no clunky brick to deal with. The screen is height-adjustable (but cannot be rotated to portrait mode) and can be tilted from -3 degrees to 25 degrees. There was no need to install any software since the driver can be installed through Windows Update.

Review
On paper, this monitor sports some decent specs. A 5ms response time means that there is no visible ghosting. The 1000:1 contrast ratio lends itself to deep blacks and bright whites. However, since it uses a TN Panel, the viewing angle is limited, and it cannot display a full complement of colors. Although this may not affect most users out there, it is something worth mentioning.

The default settings for the monitor are horrid. Brightness is set at 100 and contrast is set at 80, and the screen looks washed out using these settings. Luckily, there are settings to fix some of these problems. An included setting called MagicColor, if put on "Intelligent Mode," makes the bright colors brighter and the darker colors darker, improving picture quality immensely. If you lower the brightness and contrast settings, you'll also get a clearer, less washed out picture.

Conclusion
Although it may seem like this is a negative review of the monitor, it is not. Out of the box, this monitor is a bit of a train wreck. But after a little bit of tweaking, it is actually a pretty decent monitor in its price range for recreational users. Graphic designers and such should probably look elsewhere. The 3-year manufacturer's warranty should put you to ease regarding the longevity of this monitor.

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    toddsucks2 Ben's cred: 239
    Posted 8:08 am PST 02/7/08

    #18: Compare the toxins used to produce a CRT versus the toxins used to product a LCD. That stuff ends up in your drinking water, you short-sighted moron. And do you really need crisp colors when all you do is watch bestiality porn any-burp-way?

    sincerely,
    toddsucks

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    CompWiz17 Ben's cred: 518
    Posted 10:13 am PST 02/7/08

    #21: well, I wouldn't know. Do you have any comments on watching that on a CRT?

    For what I do, the extra color depth is nice.

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    toddsucks2 Ben's cred: 239
    Posted 11:07 am PST 02/7/08

    CompWiz17 wrote:
    #21: well, I wouldn't know. Do you have any comments on watching that on a CRT?

    For what I do, the extra color depth is nice.


    What do you do?

    sincerely,
    toddsucks

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    hirsheyj Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 11:14 am PST 02/7/08

    I bought a 22 inch Dell widescreen for 200 and I love it, won't purchase anything larger or smaller!

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    CompWiz17 Ben's cred: 518
    Posted 5:48 pm PST 02/7/08

    toddsucks2 wrote:
    What do you do?


    well, I do video editing, image editing, and play video games, and those all benefit from the additional color depth and image quality.

    programming and web surfing don't benefit as much, but why pay more for a screen that looks worse? The whole point of a screen is to display images, not to be thin and light.

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    m0f0 Ben's cred: 761
    Posted 8:01 pm PST 02/7/08

    Are you really a wizard of computing? *smirk*

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    pgaur82 Ben's cred: 3
    Posted 8:13 pm PST 02/8/08

    When I used to use a CRT i used to get really bad headaches, even with my refresh rate at 75-80 (I can't remmeber exactly what I was using). I don't know if there's any reason for this to happen, but when I got my first LCD my eye strain headaches completely disappeared.

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    billy_bob Ben's cred: 62
    Posted 9:08 am PST 02/9/08

    #18 (and to an extend 19 as well), I use arms to hold my LCD screens. It gets them off of my desk and closer to eye level for my 6'4" frame. More difficult to do w/ a 21" CRT.

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    tubalcain Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 8:31 pm PST 02/10/08

    I want this for my Quadcore set up.

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    jewsance Ben's cred: 26
    Posted 3:07 am PST 02/11/08

    bacon is a child coach.

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    plazzmaorb Ben's cred: 20
    Posted 12:42 pm PST 02/11/08

    #27... you get headaches cause of all that radiation thats pouring off that screen.
    CRTs are awful for that kind of stuff... i know when i worked at Ford, they had these big 20" monitors in our room and i know i got headaches and eye twitches from looking at them for too long, but it was my job, and i couldnt not look at them at all.

    CRTs are dead thank god.. even mac people dont want to use CRTs anymore and im not a mac person, i just know a lot of people who do graphic design work at ad agencies and such.

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    riredale Ben's cred: 66
    Posted 8:17 pm PST 02/16/08

    Another vote for the 24" Soyo.

    For years I've used a Trinitron 21" monitor for my video editing business, so I was familiar with accurate color. As LCD prices dropped, I finally decided to bite. First purchase was a 22" widescreen, I think by Emprex, for just $200 at Fry's. I mean, for just $200, how can you go wrong?

    The monitor was decent but then I educated myself about LCD design types and how you could bob your head up and down and get horrible shifts in black level, all due to the TN design. A week later a special deal for the 24" Soyo from OfficeMax ($280!) came along, and I warily bit again. Wow! What an amazing display device... No black level shifts, accurate color, rock-steady display even when driven by VGA. And for under $300!

    I note that this OfficeMax deal comes along every few months. In my view, one of the best purchases I've ever made.

    EDIT: To the poster complaining of "radiation" coming off a CRT monitor: I've never heard of any valid evidence of such an effect. Perhaps the refresh rate was too low for your eyes--some people have a much higher "flicker fusion" threshold.

    In any event, this Soyo is so good I see no reason to go back to a CRT. Ever.

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    CompWiz17 Ben's cred: 518
    Posted 10:06 pm PST 02/16/08

    riredale wrote:
    Perhaps the refresh rate was too low for your eyes--some people have a much higher "flicker fusion" threshold.


    I remember reading some articles about this a few years ago. Apparently there are some people who can see the flicker of a CRT screen when it's set for lower refresh rates, where other people don't really notice it. As it is, I'm one of those people. Back when I was in high school, I would immediately change the monitor settings to 85hz refresh rate whenever I used a computer. I was surprised that other people couldn't see the flickering(that I could very clearly see) when it was set to something lower.

    However, from what I've read, even if you can't see the flickering, it can cause headaches and eye strain. So, if that is a problem try raising the refresh rate on your screen to 85hz, and see if it's better for you.

    To do this, right click on the desktop, and go to properties. select the settings tab, and click on the "advanced" button. Then, go to the adapter tab. Here, you should see a drop-down box with the screen's supported refresh rates. In some cases, and with cheaper CRT screens, you may need to lower the resolution to a lower setting in order to increase the refresh rate to 85hz or higher.

    I am fortunate that the IBM CRT w/ Sony Trinitron tube that I have (21" flat CRT I got for $50 + shipping at TD Very Happy ) supports 85hz at the 1600x1200 resolution. It looks great, and I don't have problems using it for hours at a time.

    Being the cheapskate that I am, I still consider LCD monitors to be too expensive. When you can get a nice 22" LCD with higher color depth and the better display technology that riredale was talking about for, say, around, $100-150, then maybe I'll look into it. Until then, I'll stick with my nice 21" CRT's. Smile

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    jewsance Ben's cred: 26
    Posted 10:28 am PST 02/17/08

    bacon is a child coach.

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    sallyxi Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 4:57 am PST 03/5/08

    Samsung LCD is not bad,my college mate recommended to me long time ago..

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    bachdiep85 Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 5:20 pm PDT 04/5/08

    Samsung SynMaster is awesome.. but sadly, not the price

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    minsane Ben's cred: 3
    Posted 2:55 pm PDT 06/27/08

    love this monitor

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    Anterce Ben's cred: 8
    Posted 7:52 am PDT 07/28/08

    funk

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