Review Price £153.22
Samsung SyncMaster BX2240 - Connectivity, Build Quality & OSD
Connectivity on the SyncMaster BX2240 is quite basic, with DVI and VGA being the only options. However, this is certainly adequate for a business-oriented screen, and you can always plug in an HDMI cable via a cheap adapter. It's really easy to hook up the cables thanks to the monitor's connectors facing outwards, though there's no cable management at all.
Build quality is generally good, though this monitor doesn't feel anywhere near as solid as the Samsung SyncMaster F2080. There's a little more creak than we would ideally like on the chassis, but to be honest it's no cause for concern and the BX2240 shouldn't suffer any build-related issues whether at home or at work.
At the bottom of the bezel, discreet grey icons mark the buttons hidden underneath it. A very subtle dark-blue LED demarcates the power button. All the buttons are also marked by physical protrusions and offer positive if somewhat stiff feedback, making them fairly easy to press. They're not the best we've come across, but do the job.
Samsung's OSD is visually attractive despite only using black and white with blue for highlights. Shortcuts are fairly intelligent and intuitive, with dedicated secondary button functions for aspect ratio, brightness and source switching. Of course VGA's auto-calibration gets its own button altogether, but on a business monitor that's not a bad thing.
Along with the basics common to all monitors, in the BX2240's OSD you'll find adjustments for sharpness, colour tone with individual RGB controls, gamma, MagicBright (a number of brightness presets including dynamic contrast options) and MagicColor (colour presets including Aqua, Sepia, Green and Greyscale).
Also among the options is MagicAngle, which lets you choose from a variety of presets to optimize brightness and contrast for viewing from various predefined angles. It works reasonably well, but obviously wouldn't be necessary in the first place if the BX2240 used a superior panel technology. Like the Samsung LD220HD that also had this feature, it feels like an artificial solution to a fundamental problem.