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REVIEW / Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM

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Alexandre Botella Published on May 25, 2009
Updated on May 25, 2009
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 24 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 5 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 1 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details Pied ajustable en hauteur,pivot, plateau Hub USB 2 portsEnceinte 2 x 3 Watt
The SyncMaster 2494HM stands out first of all for its build and connectivity. It has a vertically adjustable base, a pivot mode and VGA, DVI and HDMI connectors. It also comes with a 2 port USB hub, a pair of 2 x 3 watt speakers and a headphones out.

As usual Samsung has gone for a design with a glossy black bezel. Finger marks do tend to show up on it. They are particularly visible around the menu buttons that are also touch activated. Difficult not to leave your prints on the bezel then.

If you use the HDMI socket to link your screen up, you will need to disactivat the AV function that will adversely affect the display otherwise.


Colours
On the test model, default colours were faithfull. Going into the OSD and fiddling with the settings a little, eliminates the remaining faults. Setting colour temp to “warm” and the gamma to "mode 2", gives you an average difference between colours requested by the graphics card and those displayed by the 2494HM, or deltaE, of only 1.5 (as against a default of 2.8). Much better than average, with the competition often being well above 3.

The contrast ratio is just as good at over 1000 : 1 when the average is around 750 : 1. The 2494HM has scored faultlessly so far then.


Gaming

Announced as a 5 ms, we were hardly expecting anything spectacular in terms of responsiveness. As well as confirming this, the tests highlighted some slight reverse ghosting. This is astonishing because this phenomenon is usually only seen on more responsive screens (quoted at 2 ms). Reverse ghosting gives images not of the same but the opposite colour. For example a black object will be followed by a white cloud, a blue object by red etc.


This screen is therefore much better adapted to office documents than rapid games such as FPS (Quake, Unreal…).
Films
Still no graphics correction chip.

As usual the upscaling irks our in-house tester and flickering is very marked. Make sure you choose your source or reader well for optimised video results.

PROS

  • Build and design: vertically adjustable base, platter, pivot…
  • Default colour and contrast excellent

CONS

  • 5 ms panel suffering from reverse ghosting.
  • TN panel = reduced angle of vision

CONCLUSION 4/5

A 24 inch that will be at home anywhere, except in gaming.
4 Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM Digitalversus 2009-05-25 00:00:00

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