Samsung SyncMaster T240HD 24in DTV Monitor - Samsung SyncMaster T240HD

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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Upon firing up the T240HD, it immediately impresses as having a pleasantly neutral image. A lot of manufacturers, including Samsung - who manufactures a high majority of panels anyway - have gone down the "high colour gamut" route with their monitors. This has lead to a spate of displays with rather stilted, often florescent looking images that look un-natural and require tuning to iron out. With a TV monitor, this approach simply wouldn't work, so we're happy to report no problems in this respect with the T240HD.

It's noticeable that the T240HD takes a more TV inspired approach to settings. Like the rather smart remote, the settings menus are lifted directly from Samsung's TVs and this is no bad thing since they're well arranged and easy to navigate, especially with the remote. MagicBright picture modes include Entertain, Internet, Text, Dynamic Contrast and Custom modes. Text and Internet are darker for comfortable reading, Entertain is brighter and Dynamic Contrast enables the dynamic backlight - you can probably work out what Custom means!

Unlike some monitors, though, the colour options are labelled as Normal, Warm and Cool - rather than using the colour temperatures. This is more end-user friendly and provided you know what you're looking at, it's pretty easy to tell what is what. Along with the usual brightness and contrast controls you can also adjust sharpness - handy when viewing higher detail high-definition video.

Before we get onto to such delights, however, there's the business of standard definition content to deal with and specifically Freeview image quality. Despite its "digital credentials", anyone who knows anything knows that the Freeview feed isn't of great quality and good TVs use a lot of processing to get regular TV looking passable.

It's this kind of processing that the T240HD lacks and though it puts forward a reasonable performance, we've seen Freeview look better than this. It doesn't do a great job of eliminating pixel crawl and the various digital artefacts are obvious for even an un-trained eye to see. This doesn't make it unwatchable by any means, but it won't match most dedicated TVs.

Another department that weakens its TV credentials are the viewing angles. Again, they're just about acceptable, but there is a noticeable loss of contrast and some colour shift that's at its worst when viewed from above. Happily, things like the EPG and basic navigation are very good, better than the majority of TV/Monitor hybrids we've seen and though it may sound like the T240HD isn't that a good TV, as a secondary TV for the bedroom or kitchen you could do a lot worse - but also slightly better.


August 22, 2008, 3:52 am

I would rather wait for Freesat to mature, get a pc sat card and HD monitor and save on the redundancy of SD on an otherwise expensive monitor! With the Sat card I can then use the output on my HD projector.


July 4, 2010, 12:50 pm

I've been using one of these for some months now, mainly as a computer monitor where I needed occasionally to be able to connect to video sources. A few slightly negative points to add:

Sometimes it can be reluctant to start up when the PC wakes up (PC connected by DVI). The only way to overcome this seems to be to start pressing buttons (power / input select) on the monitor to start it up.

There is no S-Video input, only composite. The quality from this input is pretty basic, with lots of dot crawl around coloured edges.

The sound quality is indescribably poor. You really don't want to use it's built-in speakers.

I very much agree with the trustedreviewer's comments about lacklustre Freeview pictures, it's OK for occasional use but watching a screen this large from close up (which you are likely to do since it's primarily a computer monitor), really shows how bad Freeview can be.

BUT, on a positive note: It's a super computer monitor. It gives much better results from the DVI input than the VGA connector, so don't use the latter unless you have to. And it's handy for a computer monitor to also be a video monitor, something I need for my business.

A minor quibble, the edge of the plastic around the screen should have been beveled out slightly. You can find reflections from the inside edge of the surround are distracting.

Despite its weaknesses, I'm very pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a top quality computer monitor who needs occasional TV / AV monitor functionality.

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