We've been a little disappointed with the LED-backlit monitors we've reviewed to date. All of them, including theBenQ V2220, Iiyama ProLite E2472HD and BenQ G222HDL (which won an award on account of its excellent value), have essentially been budget TN displays with limited connectivity, rudimentary ergonomic adjustability and mediocre image quality. Today we're taking a look at a monitor that might change all that: the LED-backlit Samsung SyncMaster BX2240.
Yet another Full HD, 21.5in, TN-based monitor, the business-oriented BX2240 sets itself apart with a fully-adjustable chassis that emphasizes form over function, and what at first glance appears to be some of the best image quality we've seen from this type of panel in a while. We're cautiously optimistic.
Our BX2240 came very securely packaged with power, VGA and DVI cables, in addition to a quick-start guide and driver CD. The monitor itself comes in two parts: the screen with attached leg, and the base. Putting them together is as simple as can be, and after tightening a thumb-screw they fit securely. Finally you need to remove a metal pin to release the spring-action, height-adjustable stand.
In terms of design we really like the BX2240. Being aimed at business users, it thankfully eschews the fingerprint and dust-loving glossy finish found on too many other LCD monitors for a uniform lightly-textured matt black that holds up far better to wear and tear, and requires less maintenance too.
While not as anorexic as most LED-backlit monitors we've come across, the BX2240 is still a relatively slim 3cm at its edges, and features a lovely thin 1.7cm bezel (extending to 2cm at its base). Combined with its pivot abilities, this makes the BX2240's chassis good for multi-monitor setups, though viewing angles will obviously play an important role here.
Adjustability is quite simply the best we've seen on a TN panel-based monitor since the excellent BenQ G2200WT. The solid, rounded leg allows for a generous amount of height adjustment, lifting the monitor's base from 3.5cm to a comfortable 13.5cm off your desk. This immediately puts Samsung's contender into a class of its own, as with most budget equivalents you need a stack of magazines to alter your monitor's height. In addition there's a large degree of tilt both backwards and forwards, nearly 90 degrees of swivel in both directions and, last but not least, pivot. Impressive stuff.