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Samsung SyncMaster 244T - Samsung SyncMaster 244T
When it comes to image quality, the 244T is one of the best LCD displays I’ve seen. In general use the image is pin sharp with vivid, but not oversaturated colours. Editing images using Photoshop is an absolute joy on this screen – not only because of the high resolution, but also because the colours look natural and there’s no detail lost in low or high contrast areas.
Video playback was also first rate, which is great considering that this screen can handle a True HD 1080p signal. Firing up a selection of 1080p QuickTime trailers was awe inspiring on the 244T, although you really need h.264 acceleration in your graphics card for smooth playback. Likewise, playing games on this screen is just amazing. Again, you’ll need a pretty beefy PC in order to run the latest games at 1,920 x 1,200 with any image quality settings enabled. That said, if you’ve got enough money to buy a high-end PC with a cutting edge CPU and twin graphics cards, you really should shell out for a screen like this to make the most of the rest of the hardware.
DisplayMate just confirmed my initial opinion – that the image quality on the 244T is superb. Looking at the 64-Step Greyscale screen showed a pretty much perfect image – every step was resolved without the slightest hint of compression at the high or low intensity edges. There was also no pink or green tinges seeping into the mid-range greyscale – something that affects a fair number of LCD displays. Meanwhile the 256 Intensity Level Colour Ramp showed a silky smooth gradation from high intensity to low – again many screens struggle here and show evidence of banding and stepping. The 256 Intensity Level Ramp was equally as smooth and again there was no hint of colour seeping into the mid-range greyscale. The 244T made short work of the Colour Scales test too – every single step was displayed without any hint of compression, while every colour dropped off uniformly to black on the very last block.
Text resolution is also top notch on this screen with 6.8 point Arial font clearly resolved and completely readable from a normal sitting position. Even at varying intensities text is easily readable, whether black on white or white on black. Basically, if like me, you do lots of document creation, you will love this monitor.