Samsung SyncMaster F2080 - 20in LCD Monitor - Samsung SyncMaster F2080

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers
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Samsung SyncMaster F2080 - 20in LCD Monitor

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8/10

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When it comes to connectivity it’s once again obvious that Samsung is targeting enthusiasts and professionals rather than the average consumer. There’s no HDMI to be found but twin HDCP-enabled DVI ports and a good old VGA connection are plenty for this type of monitor. There’s also a physical power switch, and the F2080’s pivot function makes plugging in the provided cables a cinch.

Below the lower bezel is a thin silver strip with dark-grey icons denoting the controls. These are physical buttons running along the strip’s base with Braille-like markings, making them easy to use even in the dark. Here you’ll also find a thin white LED strip, which aside from the round metal stand is the only curve to be found on the F2080. It’s very subtle and stylish, which is good since – surprisingly – you can’t turn it off. Though not an issue in a lit environment, in a darkened room it can be distracting, so it’s an odd choice on Samsung’s part – especially since the power LEDs on many of its multimedia monitors can be turned off.

Getting back to the buttons, they offer crisp feedback and are well-placed. First on the list is Menu, which also acts as a Back button. Next we have a button that functions as down in menus or can be customised to switch between MagicBright, MagicColor, Color Effect or Image Size (Auto or Wide), more on which later. The third button acts as a brightness shortcut or up in menus, while Source doubles as an Enter button. Finally there’s a dedicated Auto button next to the Power one, which we question the usefulness of on a high-end display such as this but is handy for those still hooking things up through analogue VGA.

Menus are just as understated as one would expect given the rest of this monitor’s aesthetics. Despite only being three-tone they’re attractive, well laid out and easy to use, and as you’d expect they offer a wealth of options. A rare but welcome feature is that the menu remembers the last main section you were in when you left it.

Picture allows you to adjust all the usual settings including brightness, contrast and even response time, the latter of which is important given that overdrive processing (the technology used to increase response time) can have a negative effect on image quality.

Color gives separate RGB settings as well as full control over Tone and Gamma, though not the traditional colour temperature presets which might be a bit off-putting for some. Then there’s the aforementioned Color Effect, which allows you to turn everything on your monitor Grayscale, Green Aqua or Sepia – we guess it could be fun in a presentation, or to quickly preview a colour effect without having to switch to an image editor.

MagicBright, meanwhile, offers a range of seven brightness presets, including Dynamic contrast and a Custom mode which allows you to adjust brightness and contrast to your liking. Despite its business rather than multimedia leanings, there is also an AV option which optimizes for video content and limits you to digital inputs. MagicColor ‘improves’ colours for entertainment material like films and games especially, and offers a Demo mode in which you can compare the effect applied across half the screen. Finally Automatic Source Selection is a welcome addition but you can turn it off if you prefer.

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Murcielago

January 9, 2010, 5:22 am

"Finally for true image professionals it’s worth noting that Samsung only states its monitor matches 100 per cent of the relatively lowly sRGB colour space and obviously it’s not wide-gamut, meaning that if you professionally work with higher colour spaces or require extended colours, you’re still better off looking elsewhere."





This has got me quite excited.I have just bought an HP LP2475w and I have been getting headaches ever since (even though brightness and contrast is at zero, and I have calibrated it using my mac software). After doing a bit of research I found out that my wide gamut monitor was oversaturating all the colours in my web browser, which uses an sRGB colour space (I think).





How did you find this monitor in terms of internet browsing? No signs of oversaturation I hope...

PoisonJam

January 9, 2010, 8:23 am

I'm currently on 1280x1024 on a 4:3 Samsung 19" PVA. I'd appreciate the extra horizontal resolution, sure, but the industry switch to widescreen means the increase in vertical pixels is practically non-existant unless I go to at least 24", which I don't have the desktop space for (I want to run dual-screen)! Vertical desktop space is just as important to me as horizontal.





Sigh. Really hope to see you guys get a hold of the 23" units! I have been eyeing up the Dell 22" IPS screens but the price of these has gone up :( I should have got 2 when they were at £200.

Chocoa

January 9, 2010, 3:31 pm

Well thanks to TR I bought an HP LP2475w ( 24" full HD) on the basis of a TR review and am overjoyed with it. Admittedly it was far more expensive than the unit reviewed here ( in the end I paid about £380 direct from HP with a few coupon codes I found in the wild <grin>)I mainly use it for movies and the colour and contrast are superb. Thanks TR from a budget conscience fan!


As always you pays your money and gets your choice (quality).....

D-Unit

January 9, 2010, 3:45 pm

Did you guys see any input lag?

Malderon

January 9, 2010, 6:02 pm

I'd be interested to know anyones thoughts on the larger 23" (F2380) versus the new NEC consumer IPS panel -





http://www.nec-display-solutio...





Both non TN panels (one IPS, one PVA), both under £300, both Full HD. I previously owned the 215TW, so I was thinking about trying the NEC IPS this time, after not being that impressed with the build quality and longevity of my Samsung unit.

Xiphias

January 9, 2010, 8:09 pm

@Malderon: Prad rated the EA231WMi higher than the F2380: http://www.prad.de/en/monitore...

Pbryanw

January 9, 2010, 8:50 pm

@Malderon - Hope I'm allowed to link to it, but Bit-tech have done a review of the NEC monitor (I think it's the one you linked to but your link doesn't work for me) and given it a very favourable review:





http://www.bit-tech.net/hardwa...





Hopefully, Trusted Reviews will review it in the future.

Fleabane

January 9, 2010, 10:29 pm

There would also appear to be a 2080M and 2380M floating about which also have an HDMI input for those that want such things, though apparently not in this country .. yet ...?

Malderon

January 10, 2010, 12:40 am

Thanks for that Xiphias, and sorry about the broken link - that is the correct NEC panel. I think the NEC looks just about perfect for me, I hope trusted reviews get it in.

HisEnormity

January 10, 2010, 5:27 am

Pity it's so ugly.

smodd

January 10, 2010, 12:00 pm

Still dying on waiting the Samsung XL2370 Led Monitor ..c´mon guys i wanna read that review plz, plz, plz, pleeeeeeeeez...

TechVegan

January 11, 2010, 3:46 pm

@Murcielago:


Not for us, but then we weren't bothered by the LP2475w either. Surely you can tone down the colours using the monitor's OSD?





@PoisonJam:


Completely agree about vertical desktop space being important - unfortunately 16:9 rather than 16:10 seems to be where monitors are heading right now...


And yes, we'll get the F2380 in ASAP.





@Chocoa:


You're welcome - glad to be of help!





@D-Unit:


I didn't notice any but didn't specifically test for it either. If you're the kind of gamer that cares this monitor is probably a bad idea anyway due to the ghosting.





@Malderon:


We'll see if we can't get it in. BTW, I own both a Samsung and a NEC monitor, and the Samsung HAS admittedly given me some grief: after just under a year of use a huge green bar appeared at the side, cutting of part of the picture. Of all things, holding it upside-down and shaking it fixes the problem when it occurs (something I discovered while packing it to send it back - the shaking was accidental the first time :)





@Fleabane:


Love that user name ;)


Yes, there should be - I've inquired about a possible UK release date and will let you know when I do.





@HisEnormity:


Most of us in the office really like the look, actually. Of course it's business-like, but its understated appearance and slim bezel are quite attractive.

Martin Daler

January 15, 2010, 2:48 am

@PoisonJam I'm with you on vertical screen space. I've been obliged to move my taskbar to the left side of the screen to win a few vertical pixels. It took a while to get used to, but I actually quite like it now. Only problem is some Win 7 features are puzzled by it being there - I get some apps opening partially underneath it, and some app's pop up messages appearing shifted slightly off the right side of the screen. Whoever decided that a screen format optimised for the cinema experience was, fortuitously, also the optimum choice for general computer work anyway?

huels

March 15, 2010, 1:19 am

I'm wondering why the 23 inches version was valuated here: http://samsungf2380.blogspot.c...


as a monitor with poor "viewing angle" quality


Is it the same panel type?

TechVegan

May 20, 2010, 4:42 pm

@Martin Daler:


Most of us here in the office regret the loss of vertical resolution, but unfortunately that's the way the market is heading.





@huels:


Variations in panels can occur even within the same panel series. Of course that's obviously not the same panel series as the monitor reviewed here, since the F2380 uses a 23in Full HD panel. Without having reviewed the F2380 I'm afraid I can't comment with certainty, but what IS a given is that the viewing angles will be far superior to TN-based panels.

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