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Samsung SyncMaster T240HD 24in DTV Monitor
PC monitor and TV hybrids are nothing new; in fact we've looked at quite a few this year, including the LG Flatron M228WD, its replacement the M2294D and the Hyundai BlueH HM22D. All these models were 22 inch examples, so the 24 inch effort from Samsung we're looking at today already has one key advantage: a Full HD friendly 1,920 x 1,200 resolution. This makes it ideal for watching high definition video content and games, provides ample desktop real-estate for working and at the flip of a switch - or press of a button in this instance - it's a TV, too.
Dubbed the T240HD and also available as a cheaper non-TV version, the T240, this is yet another Samsung monitor to sport the company's Touch of Colour livery. We've seen it a number of times already, first in the Series 6 LE40A656 LCD TV, next in the SyncMaster T200 20in Monitor and more recently in the 12.1in Q210 Centrino 2 notebook. It works very well on Samsung's TVs, but we were less convinced by the T200 and the Q210.
On the T240HD, however, we're back to loving it. Though ostensibly no different in appearance to the T200, the clear plastic, red accenting and black framing simply works much better on a larger screen where it's relative chunkiness is far less distracting. Combined with a large and curvaceous base, the delightfully subtle power light and touch-sensitive button inset into the frame, the T240HD is a very good looking, though more consumerist, take on a PC Monitor.
Perhaps unsurprisingly this does mean the absence of any meaningful adjustability - there's just a modicum of swivel and tilt on hand and no VESA mounting. This would normally generate some moaning on our behalf but given the focus of the T240HD it's not such a big deal, especially given 24in monitors suffer less due to their size. Moreover, though not so flexible in this respect, what the T240HD lacks in adjustability it more than makes up for in connectivity.
First of all you get two HDMI ports, one on the back and another hidden inside a flap on the left side. At the back this is joined by all the staples, such as D-SUB (VGA) and DVI ports, but also by Component video and phono audio jacks. There's also a 3.5mm audio input for PC audio and, unusually, an optical audio output, too. This is particularly handy for extracting the surround sound audio from HDMI feeds, something you can't do on most monitors with HDMI.
Other connections are mainly TV centric. There's a SCART and an aerial socket on the back and on the left a CI slot for Freeview subscription services, in addition to the previously mentioned HDMI port and a headphone jack. Overall, the T240HD has enough connections for you to connect a PC or even two, an Xbox 360, a PS3 and a few other things besides. Perfect, then, for a bedroom brimming with electronics, maybe a student living in halls or other rented digs, or a kitchen.