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Samsung 90 and 30 series LCDs are Monitors and TVs


Samsung 90 and 30 series LCDs are Monitors and TVs

Combined monitor/TVs aren't a new concept but they do seem to be an ever more popular segment of the market, so anyone moving into a small flat or heading to university in just a few weeks time will be glad to see these two new ranges from Samsung.

Both the Samsung 90 Series and 30 Series sport Full HD 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) resolution screens with 5ms response time, have in-built speakers, HDMI connectivity, and come with remotes.

In particular the 90 Series consists of just the FX2490HD, which is a 24in model with LED backlighting, an entirely believable dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, 5W speakers, and the rather attractive lines you see in the picture above.

As for the 30 series, they come in three flavours; the 21.5in B2230HD, the 23in B2330HD, and the 24in B2430HD. They're just CCFL backlit so have a much more modest 70,000:1 contrast ratio, and only 3W speakers. What's more they sport the same design we've seen on previous Samsung monitors with a clear plastic stand, rather than the expensive TV-stylings of the 90 Series.

You can pick up the 90 Series come September, for $419.99. The 30 Series is available now at MSRP ranging from $269.99 - $329.99 based on size. We're awaiting confirmation of UK pricing.

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Hamish Campbell

August 27, 2010, 8:54 pm

Hold on, doesn't every tv have a pc input now (admittedly mine only VGA), so don't they all count as this catergory now?


August 27, 2010, 9:14 pm

"rather attractive lines"

They may be nice and shiny and swooshy, but in 2 years they'll look pretty dated, IMHO.


August 27, 2010, 10:55 pm

@haim In general you are right - however generally speaking TV's arent Full HD at sub 26" sizes (due to there being no point at standard viewing distances). However there most definitely is a point at monitor viewing distances (not to mention the need for text

I have a 26" LG TV/Monitor at 1080p which is more on the TV side of the spectrum (it's monitor capabilities arent touted at all). But on PC mode via the HDMI input I find it makes a rather capable monitor and it's Freeview tuner also served me well, as did the built in speakers. (I game with headphones usually, so not worth me having a seperate speaker system and the built ins were fine for occasional use.

In general I would say that the hybrids would have more pixels per inch than TVs, as well as guaranteeing good text display and that you can turn off video processing etc (not always possible on TVs) as well as speakers, the built in tuner, and remote to set them apart from monitors.

I quite like having a lot of screen space available, so I am considering changing my current system of this 26" hybrid and 22" monitor for a 32" TV just for video, and a couple of better quality monitors.


August 27, 2010, 10:56 pm

@haim: A TV might do a full screen presentation very well, but they don't often have the fine detail necessary for true desktop work. Presumably something like this would do a satisfactory job of both tasks.


August 28, 2010, 4:23 am

I was just thinking today that I needed something like this. I have the PC in my bedroom, but I'd like to watch TV without having to switch my PC on, and have it humming away in my room. This seems ideal. Will have to see how it's priced in the UK.


August 28, 2010, 2:21 pm

A tad small for my liking - I bought a SyncMaster P2770HD a 27" Monitor with 1080p HDMI plus all the usual monitor connections - Freeview and remote

Great Monitor and Study TV into the bargain - and the perfect size if your watching HD content as arms length - My own private IMAX ;)

Sullivan McIntyre

August 28, 2010, 2:34 pm

Still waiting for Samsung to get in the 2560x1440 @ 27" game. They need to stop mucking around with the 1080P lameness.


August 29, 2010, 12:21 am

It's a shame you still have to go down the monitor route before input lag is properly curbed. I don't see why that technology can't be carried over to larger screens. There must be a big enough market for manufacturers to advertise 'Gaming TVs'. The Wii is right at the centre of the living room, as will as also be the case for Move and Kinect, so games on big screens shouldn't be an afterthought.

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