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Next we embarked on some media testing, including high definition video and gaming. Again, it was hard not to be impressed. Watching The Bourne Identity and Superman Returns on HD DVD, the 245T definitely brings out the extra detail and fidelity of these full 1080p prints. Skin tones were natural while colours in general were vibrant, bringing proceedings to life with great clarity. Using the 'Mild' Color Innovation preset only improved matters, though as noted earlier the Brilliant mode proved a little too "brilliant" for its own good.
This also proved an opportune time to test the MPA feature we mentioned earlier: does it really reduce ghosting and afterglow? Without it enabled, the motion performance of the 245T is generally very good. Not quite as good admittedly as the fastest TN panels, but good enough that you'd be damned to tell the difference. As is typical where it really struggles is in slow panning shots, where some minor smearing and ghosting is evident.
Regrettably, enabling the MPA mode does a little to improve matters, providing no discernible improvement and introducing a slight flicker that's easily detectable in still scenes. Ultimately, this feature seems somewhat superfluous and we can't imagine a lot of people finding it that useful so it's just as well that video performance is still very good without it. Black levels are excellent, a point reinforced when playing games of all kinds where the strengths already outlined are continued. Some have suggested the 245T suffers from significant "input lag" and though we're of the opinion that the issues surrounding input lag are distinctly overblown, if it does concern you then it's worth investigating further.
Overall though, the 245T is in most respects an absolutely superb monitor that's ideal for those looking for a versatile and high quality monitor. Its 97 per cent colour gamut coverage makes it excellent for image editing, while its video and gaming performance is also excellent. A tonne of connectivity only adds to the appeal, as does the genuine 1:1 pixel mapping from 1080p sources.
However, there are some reservations. Though the slightly uneven backlight is quite minor and very subtle, it's a cause for some concern and the sensitive among you may notice it while watching video. More pressing though is the price, which compared to other 24in LCDs is quite prohibitive. At its cheapest it'll cost slightly over £600, but we've only found one retailer who stocks it at this price. Otherwise, you can expect to pay well in excess of £700, which when you consider that lots of very capable alternatives are available for in the region of £450 to £550, makes it a rather expensive option.
Ultimately, its main attraction is without a doubt the 97 per cent colour gamut that's by far and away the best among its competitors. This makes it ideal for image editing, but it's something of an extravagance if you're more interested in its media capabilities. Thus, though we can recommend the 245T purely for its general excellence, it's not for everyone and there are enough excellent and cheaper alternatives to prevent it from being a sure fire purchase.
There's little denying the quality of the Samsung 245T. It's incredibly versatile with plenty of connectivity, adjustment and a simple and attractive design. Add in the 97 per cent colour gamut and 1:1 pixel mapping at 1080p and you have a recipe for greatness. However, the Motion Picture Acceleration mode is disappointing, while the slightly uneven backlight is a cause for concern. As such, at time of writing, the price needs to come down a fair amount before we can recommend it wholeheartedly.
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