Updated: Samsung Makes First 25.5in LCD Display

Impressive specs in an odd panel size (or not as the surprising case may be...)

We’ve seen 26in monitors before, but never a 25.5er but what a way to make a first impression…

Typically, it is Samsung busting out this quirky form factor in the shape of the ‘SyncMaster 2693HM’ (methinks it is trying to steal an extra 0.5in). Still, with a 1,920 x 1200 native resolution, 3,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time and high 400 cd/m2 brightness (clearly 400 is the new 300 in 2008) the 2693HM can call itself whatever it wants.

In the negative column the quoted 160 degree angle isn’t the largest we’ve seen, but it does make up for this with integrated speakers and HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs making it play nice with just about anything.

Alongside the 2693M, it also the visually identical though smaller 24in ‘2493HM’ which makes an impressive attempt to steal the limelight by matching its bigger brother in all respects other than contrast ratio where it sports a staggering 10,000:1 rating – the highest we’ve seen outside of a TV. One small sacrifice is the loss of the VGA port, but if you’re buying this monitor to hook it up via VGA you require a particularly violent intervention.

This dynamic duo go on sale immediately for $699 and $599 respectively and – quite frankly – I’d hit that…

”’Update:”’ Interesting and important fact I just learnt: 26in LCDs actually tend to use 25.5in panels yet never state the discrepancy. So, in some regards, kudos to Samsung for being upfront, but when Riyad confirms to me his 30in display measures 30 inches, and my 22 incher is 22 inches (anyone got a 24in LCD handy to check?) there seems no good reason for the discrepancy in the 26in form factor. We’re simply being short changed…

”’Update 2:”’ Yep, 24in LCD panels are 24 inches. Come on 26es, what gives…?!

2693HM Product Page
2493HM Product Page

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