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Samsung S24C650 review

Andy Vandervell

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Samsung S24C650

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Pros

  • Attractive and practical design
  • Easy pivot and height adjustment
  • Easy to access USB ports
  • Very good colour accuracy

Cons

  • Overly cool white point out of the box
  • Uniformity could be better

Key Features

  • 24-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 PLS panel, LED backlit, USB hub built into base, height, tilt and pivot stand
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £190.00

What is the Samsung S24C650?

This is the monitor equivalent of a pair of M&S slippers: eminently practical, but not exciting. Practical is good, though, where a business focused monitor like the Samsung S24C650 is concerned. This 24-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution monitor has height, pivot and tilt adjustments built-in, and a handy USB hub built into the base, and at around £190 inc. VAT it's damn good value, too.

Samsung S24C650: Design and Features

Did we say the Samsung S24C650 wasn't exciting? Well, actually... no, no, that is true. On appearances the S24C650 doesn't look exciting, but it does look classy. In this instance classy is better than exciting, and the simple black exterior, slim bezel and robust base exude class.

Of greater interest are the various features that mark this out as a practical, businessy monitor. There's a handle built into the stand so you can pick up and move it easily, and the S24C650 has height adjustment and pivot in addition to standard tilt that even the cheapest monitors have. This means you can use it pretty much as you please, and ensure it sits at just the right height for your setup.

There's also a built-in USB hub. Ok, not exciting on its own, but instead of tucking the ports away in awkward inaccessible places, the two USB ports are built into the stand. These are the kind small touches that make using any day-to-day workhorse such as this a little less troublesome.

All would be for naught if the build quality wasn't up to scratch, but the Samsung S24C650 has no problems here. It's impeccably put together, while the pivot and height adjusting stand is smooth and easy to manipulate as you please. The cluster of control buttons at the front click reassuringly, too. All is exactly as it ought to be.

Connections are straightforward, with one each of D-SUB, HDMI and DisplayPort available. There are built-in speakers, too, and audio in/out ports. It's all you're ever likely to need from a work monitor.

Samsung S24C650: Setup

Setting up the Samsung S24C650 is easy as you like. There's just one screw it tighten to fix the monitor securely to the stand, and it's the work of but a moment. The only criticism we have, and it's a very small one, is there's a pin for locking the height adjustment in place for transport. Something more permanent, and not so liable to being lost, would be better.

Unlike a lot of consumer monitors, which rely on fussy touch sensitive buttons, the Samsung S24C650 has proper buttons to access the menus and fine tune the settings. The menu controls aren't quite as attractive and easy to use as those on the LG 29EA93 we tested recently, but they're simple enough and have all the basic controls you really need.

Lon Bailey

August 21, 2013, 9:26 am

is there DVI connector? is it a matt screen? what about the aspect ratio of the screen?

Pg

August 21, 2013, 1:03 pm

From my quick glance at the review, no DVI and aspect ratio determined by it's resolution. After that, you're on your own.

andyvan

August 21, 2013, 3:31 pm

No DVI (Display Port, HDMI and VGA). It is matte. Its 1,920 x 1080, so 16:9.

Daedalus

August 21, 2013, 5:58 pm

Sorry; to be an office monitor it MUST have a 1920 by 1200 resolution or even better 1920 by 1536. 1920 by 1080 is a movie/TV resolution. Do NOT want people watching movies in the office. Indeed if you look at the 24" 1920 by 1200 monitors they are just better to use.

Daedalus

mrg9999

August 23, 2013, 7:52 am

Is input switch easy (single button) or does it have a remote control app?

andyvan

August 23, 2013, 8:28 am

It's single button.

EUGENE TRIVIZAS

August 23, 2013, 4:21 pm

ARE THERE SPEAKERS AND CAMERA?

Andrew Jakobs

July 25, 2014, 10:05 pm

the S24C650BW is the one with 1920x1200...

Suave Scott

February 18, 2015, 7:06 am

Mine didn't have any USB slots? kind of annoying but cool monitor either way

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