Thus far the BX2240 has consistently impressed, but the most important factor for any monitor is always its image quality. Straight off, our subjective first impressions of the BX2240 were positive, as it lacked that slightly washed-out quality that’s common with TN panel-based displays (and LED-backlit ones especially). Instead everything was bright, clear and well-defined, with crisp colours that remained faithful rather than oversaturated.
Horizontal viewing angles are also above par for this type of panel, but this is tempered by some severe vertical contrast shift across the top of the panel. This won’t be a problem in most day-to-day usage scenarios, but will perturb anyone planning to use this display for watching video or playing games. In this regard, this Samsung is inferior to many competitors, such as the Iiyama ProLite E2472HD.
Backlighting is just slightly uneven, though there’s no sign of any backlight bleed. As usual for a TN-based display, the BX2240 doesn’t cope well with the darkest and lightest ends of the greyscale, but it can achieve reasonable dark detail resolution at the cost of white purity. Even then you will miss out on some subtle dark detailing in films and games.
Post-calibration colour production is fairly realistic, though graphical enthusiasts and photographers certainly need not apply due to the aforementioned contrast-shift alone. Banding is minimal and there are no obvious artefacts. Finally, at the correct setting sharpness is excellent, which should help reduce eye-strain through prolonged use.
Also worth noting is that this monitor’s minimum brightness is lower than most, so it may suit those with particularly sensitive eyes who work in a well-lit environment. Another potential benefit for office users and consumers is that,, even when playing video at ideal brightness, the BX2240 maintained a frugal 16W maximum power draw. This is bound to be beneficial to the electricity bills in a large office.
Slightly iffy vertical viewing angles aside, then, the BX2240 has a lot going for it, despite its premium over similarly-sized but non-adjustable Full HD displays such as the £130 BenQ G2222HDL. However, somewhat predictably, its stiffest competition comes from another Samsung product, the SyncMaster F2380. The bigger, Full HD cousin of the award-winning F2080, the £220 F2380 matches this model for adjustability and resolution but has a superior cPVA panel, better build quality and an extra DVI input. If you have the extra £30 then we’d encourage you to spend it, but if your budget is tight and you need adjustability then the BX2240 is still a good option.
While not without its weaknesses, excellent adjustability, frugal power use and slightly above average image quality make the Samsung SyncMaster BX2240 a good option for office and home users who value practicality over flashiness.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7