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Samsung SyncMaster BX2240 - Image Quality, Power Usage & Verdict

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers
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Summary

Our Score

8/10

Review Price £153.22

Thus far the BX2240 has consistently impressed, but the most important factor for any monitor is always its image quality. Straight off, our subjective first impressions of the BX2240 were positive, as it lacked that slightly washed-out quality that's common with TN panel-based displays (and LED-backlit ones especially). Instead everything was bright, clear and well-defined, with crisp colours that remained faithful rather than oversaturated.

Horizontal viewing angles are also above par for this type of panel, but this is tempered by some severe vertical contrast shift across the top of the panel. This won't be a problem in most day-to-day usage scenarios, but will perturb anyone planning to use this display for watching video or playing games. In this regard, this Samsung is inferior to many competitors, such as the Iiyama ProLite E2472HD.

Backlighting is just slightly uneven, though there's no sign of any backlight bleed. As usual for a TN-based display, the BX2240 doesn't cope well with the darkest and lightest ends of the greyscale, but it can achieve reasonable dark detail resolution at the cost of white purity. Even then you will miss out on some subtle dark detailing in films and games.

Post-calibration colour production is fairly realistic, though graphical enthusiasts and photographers certainly need not apply due to the aforementioned contrast-shift alone. Banding is minimal and there are no obvious artefacts. Finally, at the correct setting sharpness is excellent, which should help reduce eye-strain through prolonged use.

Also worth noting is that this monitor's minimum brightness is lower than most, so it may suit those with particularly sensitive eyes who work in a well-lit environment. Another potential benefit for office users and consumers is that,, even when playing video at ideal brightness, the BX2240 maintained a frugal 16W maximum power draw. This is bound to be beneficial to the electricity bills in a large office.

Slightly iffy vertical viewing angles aside, then, the BX2240 has a lot going for it, despite its premium over similarly-sized but non-adjustable Full HD displays such as the £130 BenQ G2222HDL. However, somewhat predictably, its stiffest competition comes from another Samsung product, the SyncMaster F2380. The bigger, Full HD cousin of the award-winning F2080, the £220 F2380 matches this model for adjustability and resolution but has a superior cPVA panel, better build quality and an extra DVI input. If you have the extra £30 then we'd encourage you to spend it, but if your budget is tight and you need adjustability then the BX2240 is still a good option.

Verdict

While not without its weaknesses, excellent adjustability, frugal power use and slightly above average image quality make the Samsung SyncMaster BX2240 a good option for office and home users who value practicality over flashiness.

Scores In Detail

Value
8/10
Image Quality
7/10
Features
8/10
Design
8/10

Our Score

8/10
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Ian Yates

June 8, 2010, 8:44 pm

You're kidding me?


I've been after a decent widescreen LED TFT for ages. TRs lacklustre reviews meant I hadn't done it - until yesterday! And now you've reviewed this!





Ho hum. I went for a LG W2486L in the end (30% off); so fingers crossed it isn't too disappointing.

Pbryanw

June 9, 2010, 1:38 am

@Ian Yates - Hehe, know the feeling - there's always something better out there with tech - I think buyer's regret is the norm when buying gadgets.





On monitors - I'm still waiting for a 22 or 24" LED backlit monitor based on PVA or IPS technology, have any been released yet?

Ian Yates

June 9, 2010, 6:35 pm

@Pbryanw I looked for PVA/IPS but couldn't find anything.


As this review says, though, a good TN LED can still be worth it.

TechVegan

June 9, 2010, 8:18 pm

@Pbryanw & Ian Yates:


This is available, but at the moment only in an iMac as far as I'm aware. There have been rumors that Apple is planning a dedicated 27in LED-backlit IPS Cinema display, pretty much a 27in iMac without the Mac :)


Of course there are always LED-backlit televisions based on PVA and IPS, of which a 32in Full HD model could well function as a monitor depending on intended use.





A good TN LED is only worth it if you can't afford better, TBH. Personally I'd always go for CCFL-backlit PVA/IPS over LED-backlit TN - but then as a digital artist I'm an image quality snob.

Pbryanw

June 9, 2010, 8:37 pm

@Ian - I think the only LED monitor I've heard of with an IPS panel, is the Apple LED Cinema Display, but that's £649! And I suppose TN panels will only continue to improve and can be worth it, as you say. You'll have to report back on the LG - I hope it turns out to be a very good monitor.





(Off-topic - I always knew one day an ad would come along that would make me glad I'd turned off ad-blocking, and the MSI Wind front-page one is that advert :) )

Mattj

June 9, 2010, 10:28 pm

Even with Adblock plus it's still there. I'd always go for a VA or an IPS monitor, there is no way I could go back to a TN model.

TechVegan

June 10, 2010, 1:35 pm

@Mattj:


Amen, brother :)

TechVegan

June 10, 2010, 2:12 pm

@Ian Yates:


Too late to return the W2486L?


And if you want a good-quality LCD, have you considered the Samsung F2380 mentioned towards the end of the review?

Pbryanw

June 10, 2010, 8:11 pm

@Ardjuna - I suppose there's the 7 day cooling off period if the monitor's already come? But, is a good quality PVA/IPS monitor really that much better then a TN one? I've always heard this to be true (reading reviews on TR) but have never seen one in the flesh to compare. My next monitor though will be PVA/IPS based hopefully.

Ian Yates

June 11, 2010, 4:32 pm

@everyone - Don't make me sad :(





I did look at the F2380, but I really wanted 1080p support.


I'm happy with the W2486L - not ecstatic, but I think it's good for the price I paid.





Coming from a CCFL TN monitor using D-SUB (c. 2004), it's a brilliantly crisp and fast image. That could be partly the DVI connection, of course, but I think the colour reproduction (at the right angle) is better.


Biggest disappointment is the vertical viewing angle (horizontal is fine) - massive distortion within a few degrees of straight on.


But it's stylish and games look great on it, so I'm happy.





Maybe I'll fork out for a PVA/IPS next year as a second and see if I need to seel this one ;)

Robert W. Desrosiers

June 13, 2010, 7:22 pm

What is there to like? No HDMI, no 1080p no USB hub....I think my new Dell SP2309W is head and shoulders above this Samsung and the Dell has a fully adjustable stand, great contrast to put it simply, it's awesome for the price I paid $249 US


rwd

TechVegan

June 15, 2010, 8:46 pm

@Pbryanw:


Sorry for the late reply. Yes, some companies even have a 10-day cooling-off period. And yes, it's a huge difference, especially if you're into imaging. I recently convinced a gamer friend to replace his TN with a PVA, and he was amazed by how much better his new screen was.





@Ian Yates:


The F2380 DOES support 1080p! It sports a Full HD resolution and supports HDCP over DVI - essentially it's like an HDMI port that won't take audio.





@Robert W. Desrosiers:


1) With a cheap (£3-5) adapter you can plug an HDMI cable into this monitor's DVI connector.


2) IT DOES 1080p (Full HD = 1080p) - why/where are you getting the idea that it can't?


3) No USB hub is spot-on though :)

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