Samsung SyncMaster 245BW 24" LCD Monitor - 16:10 - 5 ms

1920 x 1200 - 16.7 Million Colors - 400 Nit - 1,000:1 - DVI - Black - MPN: 245BW
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Description
24 wide digital LCD monitor offers a 160 degree/160 degree viewing angle, DVI with HDCP interface, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 16.7 million display colors, 5 millisecond response time, a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 400 cd/m squared brightness. MagicBright provides optimal combination setting for the various contents. With one click, you can control OSD easily. Dynamic contrast ratio of 3000:1 delivers crisp easy-to-view images. MagicColor improves hue and saturation of colors, and adjusts mid-level colors to shades that the human eye accepts as natural. Height adjustable LCD monitor has a narrow bezel.
Quick Glance
Interface Connection DVI Yes
Diagonal Size 24 in
Aspect Ratio 16:10
General Features HDCP Yes
Max Resolution 1920 x 1200
Response Time 5 ms
Green Compliance EPEAT Silver
Contrast Ratio 1,000:1
Expert Reviews
samsung syncmaster 245bw (black) monitor
0 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Samsung Syncmaster 245bw (black) Monitor receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 0.17 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #767 computer monitor of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Samsung 245BW
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 2 expert reviews for Samsung 245BW and the average expert rating is 91 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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ReviewGist for Samsung SyncMaster 245BW (Black) LCD Monitor
2 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 24, 2010

Display is Average according to 4 Monitor experts. -- "high value of the so-called dynamic contrast ratio"-xbitlabs.com -- "stern black case"-xbitlabs.com -- "MPA technology can be useful in games or when watching movies"-xbitlabs.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Sound, Connectivity, etc.

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4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jul 27, 2011

The Samsung Syncmaster 245B is a 24-inch widescreen LCD computer monitor with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 at a 16:10 aspect ratio. This display features a dynamic response time of 3000:1 and a static response time of 1000:1. In addition to this, a 5 ms (GTG) response time makes it a functional monitor for office, home, and entertainment use. Its base allows the user to adjust the monitor’s height, swivel and tilt, comes with the Samsung Soundbar, and accepts both VGA and DVI-D inputs. Released November 2007, the Syncmaster 245B retails at $475. Features Display Size: 24” Widescreen Native Resolution: 1920x1200 Response Rate: 5 ms Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 Static Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 Inputs: VGA, DVI-D 160° Horizontal / 160° Vertical Viewing angle Comes with Soundbar ... PROS: (1) Picture is crisp, clean and bright - far superior to competitors from Gateway and Samsung (2) 178-degree viewing angle provides maximum visibility - display edges are not blurry or under-saturated (3) Hard button controls provide firm, responsive adjustment - more reliable than common touch/heat-sensitive panel controls (4) Ideal for graphic design/photo and video editing - high refresh rate promotes realistic color rendering and is conducive to extended use (5) Off-angle coloration issues are minimal - hues remain true at all directions, especially helpful for users running dual-monitor setups ... CONS: (1) Monitor may emit a slight medium-pitched buzz - likely to annoy some users, especially those planning to use the display for work purposes (2) Seemingly prone to backlight failure upon excessive use - screen will experience lighting inconsistencies before going completely dark

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User Reviews
Decent when it worked
1 Star Review   By member Geof1542 - Apr 27, 2009   

Strengths: Nice looking screen, good enough refresh rate for FPSs

Weakness: It broke after less than a year

It's great monitor when it works. Nice fast refresh rate, I never had probems with it playing fast paced FPS games. Videos were crisp and contrast was fine. However after a week I noticed when the monitor would wake up from sleep mode some of the pixels that should have been black were replaced with bright blue pixels. More and more blue pixels would replace the black ones till the monitor would blink on and off till it fixed itself and the screen turned back to normal. This didn't happen often but it was annoying. Also I could "fix" the blue pixels by turning the monitor off then on, monitor worked fine if it started from on off state (not sleep mode). This problem was just an annoyance but it would fix itself, not a big deal, then one day in the middle of playing a game it flashed a white screen and didn't turn on again. I tried it with different computers and different video cables (DVI and analog) I sent it off to Samsung and they repaired it within a week (no complaints there). Right now i'm using it it works fine, but the annoying blue pixels are still there when the monitor wakes from sleep mode.

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Serious real estate, serious lumens!
5 Star Review   By bottlegnome on OnSale.com - Jan 18, 2008   

Strengths: HUGE, bright, beautiful LCD. No ghosting even during a very extended gaming session. 1920 x 1200 resolution really shows off this masterpiece's strength.

Weakness: Strenghts Continued: I can see no major issues with viewing angle; but I'm not using it for anything other than general and gaming. NO DEAD PIXELS ! WOOT ! Samsung rocks.

Had to turn the brightness down to 40% because it was giving me a full frontal sunburn. I think my contacts were melted to my eyes before I realized what happened. ONSALE.com was awesome with delivery and price. $50 rebate from Samsung sealed the deal; now to see if I can actually get the rebate back from Samsung.

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Great for the price
4 Star Review   By Adam on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Jan 16, 2008   

Strengths: Clean, adjustable, includes DVI and VGA cables and cleaning cloth, 24 inch, wall mountable

Weakness: Viewing angles are awful, but it doesn't matter because I sit in front of my monitor

Overall, a great purchase if your on a budget. I only hope it continues to impress... Samsung is a name you can trust, and evidently this is no exception. I hooked it up to my iMac (which the screen has gotten worse over time) and it makes it look like garbage. I use my 20-inch iMac for windows I won't be looking at and I use this screen for games, movies, and websites. 5MS response time is great, but I would have liked the 2MS response time that was included with the 22-inch version. But this is a higher resolution.

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Excellent Picture – No Regrets
5 Star Review   By member bakerr818 - Oct 31, 2007   

Strengths: Superb contrast and brightness, precise color, clean look, excellent response rate, easy to adjust (tilt and height)

Weakness: No easy way to turn monitor vertical or mount on a wall. (I do not use this feature)

The primary use for my monitor is home. It has been a great asset for working at home on spreadsheets. The characters are sharp and contrast/brightness settings make it quick to change between preprogrammed and customs settings. Over the 3 months have been using the monitor I have been very pleased. I also do some gaming playing World of Warcraft BC. It is always a disappointment when I have to play on any other monitor. You wont find a better monitor that provides this much value.

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Very nice
5 Star Review   By member scottegos2 - Oct 20, 2007   

Strengths: nice construction good resolution good speed

Weakness: not great on vertical viewing angle no USB or audio ports

Nice "basic" 24" monitor. Picture is excellent with very good response time and wide horizontal viewing angle. Vertical viewing angle not as great -- colors get washed out more than 60 or 90 degrees out.

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Best buy for the buck!
5 Star Review   By member marcusverkler - Sep 26, 2007   

Strengths: Large screen, high resolution, fast refresh rate, the specs on the stand alone, tilt, swivel base, invert and height adjustment, comes with DVi cable, this monitor sells itself

Weakness: None to my knowledge.

I received this monitor with no dead pixels, what a plus. Quality product. This is the largest and most featured monitor I have ever bought. I found the best price at Sam's Club. An absolute 10! Enjoy!

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Super-Size Me! Samsung 245BW 24
5 Star Review   By member xsylus_ - Sep 25, 2007   

Strengths: Sharp image quality, easily adjustable contrast/color/etc. User friendly on-CD manual, digital or analog compatible. Passed 90% of black & white contrast tests. This baby is HUGE!

Weakness: Puts out more heat than expected; nothing major though.

This is my first experience with a 24" widescreen LCD, the monitor this baby replaced was a 19" CRT so I've had to adjust to the, at first, overwhelming size of this monitor. It feels as though I could crawl right into this thing. Screen text has never been clearer even on my laptop lcd the text isn't as sharp and crisp as it is on this monitor. Widescreen movies show very minimal black-bars at top and bottom; truly your own personal movie theatre. 3D games have never looked better. The controls for contrast, color, etc are fairly easy to use and there are more options than expected which allows for a truly personal customization of the monitor. View from side can appear slightly lighter or faded and from top looks darker, but that's expected from an LCD. In fact, the range of view from either side is very impressive. I have light sensitive eyes and won't even dare going out in the sun without sunglasses so I had to tone down the brightness quite a bit for my own sake, however, even with my optimized settings this monitor passed 90% of the black & white contrast tests I threw at it. Although I've only had this monitor a few days I can say I'm satisfied with my choice. Plus, with the extra added bonus of Samsung's Mail-In-Rebate and Pricegrabbers Bonus Rebate the price was well within my range at under $400.00. I've included a photo, but unfortunately my camera doesn't do it justice. I included the sunglasses to give everyone a general idea how big this monster is.

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Hitting the Quality/Price Sweet Spot
5 Star Review   By member aschiou_1171899911 - Sep 20, 2007   

Strengths: Decent image performance and ergonomics

Weakness: The unit external appearance is not as sexy as Dell 2407WFP

Haven't seen that many professional reviews on this unit. But there was an excellent review Samsung 275T. Took the chance and bought the unit. I was pleasantly surprised how well the unit performed. Ergonomics: The unit tills front and back, raises up and down and swivels from side to side. It has both digital and analog input. Switching between the two is accomplished with a touch of a button. That makes migrating from the old pc to the new a snap. Images: Played video games (FPS type), watched DVD movies, live TV, at 1900x1200 resolution with 32bit color, the unit performed remarkably. I don't do any of the high end graphics editing, but the standard photo viewing and editing has excellent results using this monitor. Dislikes: The unit itself looks a little beefy. The panel itself is relatively thick. But your eyes are usually drawn to the image on the screen, not the external appearance. Conclusion: If you don't have a high end graphics need, this will be an excellent choice. It's $170 less that Dell 2407WFP. With 3 years of warranty, it can't go too wrong at this price.

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A must have buy for designer
5 Star Review   By member Api - Aug 25, 2007   

Strengths: A perfect design, beautiful colours, HD resolution and quick as a flash.

Weakness: I have not noticed any yet.

This Samsung product is a product from a very high quality. The price quality ratio is also very good. I have not read any serious negative report about the Syncmaster and once again i would like to say: Buy one and you will love it.

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Must be adjusted for Macs
4 Star Review   By member Mac_Jack99 - Aug 20, 2007   

Strengths: Crisp, clear text and images, great "eye relief and spacious enough for all-purpose use.

Weakness: No built-in speakers, unnecessary: factory set for use with Windows machines. User manual - "useless."

Have used this monitor for 2 weeks and really enjoy the "eye relief" - easy viewing and greatly aids detailed photo & video editing. I've enjoyed viewinig movies and slideshows - better than my old 19" television by far. List price is a lot more than for 22-inch but the advantages, both needed and "for fun" are worth the discounted price of around $499. My biggest gripe is that, if connected to a Mac, it is really hard for those new to separate monitors to work around Samsung's intentional set-up for Windows machines. On the other hand, those experienced with Macs will figure out the best way is to go to the "Displays" panel in Preferences and use ALL the Apple monitor adjusting software. This includes re-setting the Gamma (basically, brightness) from Windows to Mac. Windows monitors are ALL set to "220" - very bright. I see complaints in other reviews about brightness. Mac Gamma is "180" - which darkens and "enriches" color noticably. Also: Apple has great calibration software, easy to use and it works just as well as those separately sold calibration packages people are pursuaded to buy. The other thing about Samsung's emphasis on having this monitor set for Windows is that their manual and other documentation is basically useless if you're connecting it to a Mac. Internet Explorer is needed to read the manual (which comes on CD) - ridiculous when they could have made the manual in (univerally readable) PDF format. This also makes it hard to print out a page or two for setting by while working on set up - Adobed Reader is excellent for this "isolated printing" of a few pages (or an entire manual if needed). What were they thinking when they did this??!! Okay - at a $150 savings from retail and a whopping $400 savings compared to the Apple 23-inch Display, this amount of "grief" is worth the trouble! Lack of speakers and manual which can be used by all buyers just brings my rating down to 4 stars.

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Today's Average: $151.85
Today's Lowest: $151.85
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Product Details
Description
24 wide digital LCD monitor offers a 160 degree/160 degree viewing angle, DVI with HDCP interface, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 16.7 million display colors, 5 millisecond response time, a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 400 cd/m squared brightness. MagicBright provides optimal combination setting for the various contents. With one click, you can control OSD easily. Dynamic contrast ratio of 3000:1 delivers crisp easy-to-view images. MagicColor improves hue and saturation of colors, and adjusts mid-level colors to shades that the human eye accepts as natural. Height adjustable LCD monitor has a narrow bezel.
Quick Glance
Interface Connection DVI Yes
Diagonal Size 24 in
Aspect Ratio 16:10
General Features HDCP Yes
Max Resolution 1920 x 1200
Response Time 5 ms
Green Compliance EPEAT Silver
Contrast Ratio 1,000:1
Summary
Product Title Samsung SyncMaster 245BW 24" LCD Monitor - 16:10 - 5 ms
Manufacturer Samsung
Lowest Price $136.85 from PinnacleMicro
Power Score 3.6 | 19 Reviews
Display Panel
Brightness: 400 Nit
Vertical Viewing Angle: 160?
Horizontal Viewing Angle: 160?
Other Features
Included Devices: Monitor Stand
Monitor Color: Black
Dimensions
Height: 22.05 in
Weight: 18.52 lbs
Width: 9.84 in
Depth: 17.5 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 3 Year Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Green Compliance: Yes
Product Line: SyncMaster
Product Model: 245BW
Brand Name: Samsung
Pitch: 0.270 mm
Screen Mode: WUXGA
Number of Screens: 1
Viewable Size: 24"
Color Depth: 16.7 Million Colors (24-bit)
Response Time: 5 ms
Display Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Today's Average: $151.85
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Expert Reviews
samsung syncmaster 245bw (black) monitor
0 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Samsung Syncmaster 245bw (black) Monitor receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 0.17 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #767 computer monitor of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Samsung 245BW
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 2 expert reviews for Samsung 245BW and the average expert rating is 91 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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ReviewGist for Samsung SyncMaster 245BW (Black) LCD Monitor
2 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 24, 2010

Display is Average according to 4 Monitor experts. -- "high value of the so-called dynamic contrast ratio"-xbitlabs.com -- "stern black case"-xbitlabs.com -- "MPA technology can be useful in games or when watching movies"-xbitlabs.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Sound, Connectivity, etc.

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4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jul 27, 2011

The Samsung Syncmaster 245B is a 24-inch widescreen LCD computer monitor with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 at a 16:10 aspect ratio. This display features a dynamic response time of 3000:1 and a static response time of 1000:1. In addition to this, a 5 ms (GTG) response time makes it a functional monitor for office, home, and entertainment use. Its base allows the user to adjust the monitor’s height, swivel and tilt, comes with the Samsung Soundbar, and accepts both VGA and DVI-D inputs. Released November 2007, the Syncmaster 245B retails at $475. Features Display Size: 24” Widescreen Native Resolution: 1920x1200 Response Rate: 5 ms Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 Static Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 Inputs: VGA, DVI-D 160° Horizontal / 160° Vertical Viewing angle Comes with Soundbar ... PROS: (1) Picture is crisp, clean and bright - far superior to competitors from Gateway and Samsung (2) 178-degree viewing angle provides maximum visibility - display edges are not blurry or under-saturated (3) Hard button controls provide firm, responsive adjustment - more reliable than common touch/heat-sensitive panel controls (4) Ideal for graphic design/photo and video editing - high refresh rate promotes realistic color rendering and is conducive to extended use (5) Off-angle coloration issues are minimal - hues remain true at all directions, especially helpful for users running dual-monitor setups ... CONS: (1) Monitor may emit a slight medium-pitched buzz - likely to annoy some users, especially those planning to use the display for work purposes (2) Seemingly prone to backlight failure upon excessive use - screen will experience lighting inconsistencies before going completely dark

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User Reviews
Decent when it worked
1 Star Review   By member Geof1542 - Apr 27, 2009   

Strengths: Nice looking screen, good enough refresh rate for FPSs

Weakness: It broke after less than a year

It's great monitor when it works. Nice fast refresh rate, I never had probems with it playing fast paced FPS games. Videos were crisp and contrast was fine. However after a week I noticed when the monitor would wake up from sleep mode some of the pixels that should have been black were replaced with bright blue pixels. More and more blue pixels would replace the black ones till the monitor would blink on and off till it fixed itself and the screen turned back to normal. This didn't happen often but it was annoying. Also I could "fix" the blue pixels by turning the monitor off then on, monitor worked fine if it started from on off state (not sleep mode). This problem was just an annoyance but it would fix itself, not a big deal, then one day in the middle of playing a game it flashed a white screen and didn't turn on again. I tried it with different computers and different video cables (DVI and analog) I sent it off to Samsung and they repaired it within a week (no complaints there). Right now i'm using it it works fine, but the annoying blue pixels are still there when the monitor wakes from sleep mode.

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Serious real estate, serious lumens!
5 Star Review   By bottlegnome on OnSale.com - Jan 18, 2008   

Strengths: HUGE, bright, beautiful LCD. No ghosting even during a very extended gaming session. 1920 x 1200 resolution really shows off this masterpiece's strength.

Weakness: Strenghts Continued: I can see no major issues with viewing angle; but I'm not using it for anything other than general and gaming. NO DEAD PIXELS ! WOOT ! Samsung rocks.

Had to turn the brightness down to 40% because it was giving me a full frontal sunburn. I think my contacts were melted to my eyes before I realized what happened. ONSALE.com was awesome with delivery and price. $50 rebate from Samsung sealed the deal; now to see if I can actually get the rebate back from Samsung.

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Great for the price
4 Star Review   By Adam on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Jan 16, 2008   

Strengths: Clean, adjustable, includes DVI and VGA cables and cleaning cloth, 24 inch, wall mountable

Weakness: Viewing angles are awful, but it doesn't matter because I sit in front of my monitor

Overall, a great purchase if your on a budget. I only hope it continues to impress... Samsung is a name you can trust, and evidently this is no exception. I hooked it up to my iMac (which the screen has gotten worse over time) and it makes it look like garbage. I use my 20-inch iMac for windows I won't be looking at and I use this screen for games, movies, and websites. 5MS response time is great, but I would have liked the 2MS response time that was included with the 22-inch version. But this is a higher resolution.

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Excellent Picture – No Regrets
5 Star Review   By member bakerr818 - Oct 31, 2007   

Strengths: Superb contrast and brightness, precise color, clean look, excellent response rate, easy to adjust (tilt and height)

Weakness: No easy way to turn monitor vertical or mount on a wall. (I do not use this feature)

The primary use for my monitor is home. It has been a great asset for working at home on spreadsheets. The characters are sharp and contrast/brightness settings make it quick to change between preprogrammed and customs settings. Over the 3 months have been using the monitor I have been very pleased. I also do some gaming playing World of Warcraft BC. It is always a disappointment when I have to play on any other monitor. You wont find a better monitor that provides this much value.

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Very nice
5 Star Review   By member scottegos2 - Oct 20, 2007   

Strengths: nice construction good resolution good speed

Weakness: not great on vertical viewing angle no USB or audio ports

Nice "basic" 24" monitor. Picture is excellent with very good response time and wide horizontal viewing angle. Vertical viewing angle not as great -- colors get washed out more than 60 or 90 degrees out.

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Best buy for the buck!
5 Star Review   By member marcusverkler - Sep 26, 2007   

Strengths: Large screen, high resolution, fast refresh rate, the specs on the stand alone, tilt, swivel base, invert and height adjustment, comes with DVi cable, this monitor sells itself

Weakness: None to my knowledge.

I received this monitor with no dead pixels, what a plus. Quality product. This is the largest and most featured monitor I have ever bought. I found the best price at Sam's Club. An absolute 10! Enjoy!

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Super-Size Me! Samsung 245BW 24
5 Star Review   By member xsylus_ - Sep 25, 2007   

Strengths: Sharp image quality, easily adjustable contrast/color/etc. User friendly on-CD manual, digital or analog compatible. Passed 90% of black & white contrast tests. This baby is HUGE!

Weakness: Puts out more heat than expected; nothing major though.

This is my first experience with a 24" widescreen LCD, the monitor this baby replaced was a 19" CRT so I've had to adjust to the, at first, overwhelming size of this monitor. It feels as though I could crawl right into this thing. Screen text has never been clearer even on my laptop lcd the text isn't as sharp and crisp as it is on this monitor. Widescreen movies show very minimal black-bars at top and bottom; truly your own personal movie theatre. 3D games have never looked better. The controls for contrast, color, etc are fairly easy to use and there are more options than expected which allows for a truly personal customization of the monitor. View from side can appear slightly lighter or faded and from top looks darker, but that's expected from an LCD. In fact, the range of view from either side is very impressive. I have light sensitive eyes and won't even dare going out in the sun without sunglasses so I had to tone down the brightness quite a bit for my own sake, however, even with my optimized settings this monitor passed 90% of the black & white contrast tests I threw at it. Although I've only had this monitor a few days I can say I'm satisfied with my choice. Plus, with the extra added bonus of Samsung's Mail-In-Rebate and Pricegrabbers Bonus Rebate the price was well within my range at under $400.00. I've included a photo, but unfortunately my camera doesn't do it justice. I included the sunglasses to give everyone a general idea how big this monster is.

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Hitting the Quality/Price Sweet Spot
5 Star Review   By member aschiou_1171899911 - Sep 20, 2007   

Strengths: Decent image performance and ergonomics

Weakness: The unit external appearance is not as sexy as Dell 2407WFP

Haven't seen that many professional reviews on this unit. But there was an excellent review Samsung 275T. Took the chance and bought the unit. I was pleasantly surprised how well the unit performed. Ergonomics: The unit tills front and back, raises up and down and swivels from side to side. It has both digital and analog input. Switching between the two is accomplished with a touch of a button. That makes migrating from the old pc to the new a snap. Images: Played video games (FPS type), watched DVD movies, live TV, at 1900x1200 resolution with 32bit color, the unit performed remarkably. I don't do any of the high end graphics editing, but the standard photo viewing and editing has excellent results using this monitor. Dislikes: The unit itself looks a little beefy. The panel itself is relatively thick. But your eyes are usually drawn to the image on the screen, not the external appearance. Conclusion: If you don't have a high end graphics need, this will be an excellent choice. It's $170 less that Dell 2407WFP. With 3 years of warranty, it can't go too wrong at this price.

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A must have buy for designer
5 Star Review   By member Api - Aug 25, 2007   

Strengths: A perfect design, beautiful colours, HD resolution and quick as a flash.

Weakness: I have not noticed any yet.

This Samsung product is a product from a very high quality. The price quality ratio is also very good. I have not read any serious negative report about the Syncmaster and once again i would like to say: Buy one and you will love it.

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Must be adjusted for Macs
4 Star Review   By member Mac_Jack99 - Aug 20, 2007   

Strengths: Crisp, clear text and images, great "eye relief and spacious enough for all-purpose use.

Weakness: No built-in speakers, unnecessary: factory set for use with Windows machines. User manual - "useless."

Have used this monitor for 2 weeks and really enjoy the "eye relief" - easy viewing and greatly aids detailed photo & video editing. I've enjoyed viewinig movies and slideshows - better than my old 19" television by far. List price is a lot more than for 22-inch but the advantages, both needed and "for fun" are worth the discounted price of around $499. My biggest gripe is that, if connected to a Mac, it is really hard for those new to separate monitors to work around Samsung's intentional set-up for Windows machines. On the other hand, those experienced with Macs will figure out the best way is to go to the "Displays" panel in Preferences and use ALL the Apple monitor adjusting software. This includes re-setting the Gamma (basically, brightness) from Windows to Mac. Windows monitors are ALL set to "220" - very bright. I see complaints in other reviews about brightness. Mac Gamma is "180" - which darkens and "enriches" color noticably. Also: Apple has great calibration software, easy to use and it works just as well as those separately sold calibration packages people are pursuaded to buy. The other thing about Samsung's emphasis on having this monitor set for Windows is that their manual and other documentation is basically useless if you're connecting it to a Mac. Internet Explorer is needed to read the manual (which comes on CD) - ridiculous when they could have made the manual in (univerally readable) PDF format. This also makes it hard to print out a page or two for setting by while working on set up - Adobed Reader is excellent for this "isolated printing" of a few pages (or an entire manual if needed). What were they thinking when they did this??!! Okay - at a $150 savings from retail and a whopping $400 savings compared to the Apple 23-inch Display, this amount of "grief" is worth the trouble! Lack of speakers and manual which can be used by all buyers just brings my rating down to 4 stars.

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awesome monitor
5 Star Review   By member Adaminchicago - Aug 18, 2007   

Strengths: big screen, nice color, very wide, good quality

Weakness: none for the price

This monitor is a great buy for the price. It basically doubles the size of my old crappy monitor. Nice design, seems very sturdy. Compares very favorably to the competition with 3000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms. The Acer AL2416WBsd comes close but only has 1000:1.

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Samsung 245BW 24 inch Widescreen LCD Monitor
3 Star Review   By member BigNinja - Aug 17, 2007   

Strengths: 24" LCD for $478 out the door after 10% off coupon, this $10 review, and $50 mail-in rebate. Nice adjustable stand. HDCP. Comes with DVI cable. 3 years parts and labor warranty.

Weakness: Not much bigger than a 22" but costs allot more. No speakers.

Nice large 24" widescreen put my old 17" to shame. I really miss the built-in speakers. You would think that for the price it cost, that it would come with 20 watts of Dolby stereo sound. The high resolution makes the screen not fill up until 800X600 is selected. This might be due to my cheap video card, so I plan to change it next. If it doesn't do the trick, then I would wonder why anyone would want to pay for the bigger screen if you can't use it. I guess it may be for gamers and movie buffs? For the 2 inches gained and the $200 extra paid over the 22" model, that comes with speakers, I would not reccomend this monitor.

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Excellent Value
5 Star Review   By member dmferrin - Jul 30, 2007   

Strengths: Evenly bright screen, maybe too bright. Easy tilt and swivel base for perfect allignment. Quick response in fast moving scenes.

Weakness: At this price level, none.

I got my screen to use for my work and occasional FPS game play. The screen real estate makes multitasking much easier. The base is easy to work with to get the right height, swivel and tilt (to fight off the afternoon glare). It even comes with a special cloth to wipe the fingerprints off of the bezel. Technically, this monitor has what any baseline 24" monitor should have, a 1920 x 1200 5ms screen with VGA and DVI (w/ HDCP) inputs. All the other frivolous stuff like s-video, composite and component inputs make for a TV/monitor, not a monitor. The OSD is very functional, but very small on a 1920x1200 screen. The buttons on the lower right side do not overwhelm the styling of the monitor, and the power button has an emerald blue glow when it is on. The thickness of the bezel is not too big, and the glossy finish is very stylish but can be a bit distracting in a brightly lit room. I would think that it would scratch very easily, but then again how many (responsible) people have sharp objects near their monitors. Unless you really have to have USB ports on your monitor, this one is a very good deal.

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A wide view
5 Star Review   By member npasic - Jul 17, 2007   

Strengths: size, DVI port, contrast ratio

Weakness: no tilt

great monitor for a great price will provide with many hours of enjoyable view; just by looking at the size of the screen you ask yourself how we were able to live before without monitors of this size; it can easily accommodate 3 full pages in Word; great monitor

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A great 24' LCD for its price
4 Star Review   By member lziliang - Jul 13, 2007   

Strengths: A very good balance on performance and price, nice design and provide some "luxury-finish" feeling, convenient rotating base.

Weakness: Color is not so vivid as I expect.

I used 3 LCD before, Sony's, Samsung 915N and the Apple's(for a short time). First, it's outlook. I would say this monitor's finish is great as when I took it out of the box, my girlfriend screamed out "woo, it looks so beautiful!". And besides its finish, I think the layout of this LCD is pretty good: clear and responsive buttons, not many extra connections and no USB/Fireware ports. Simple and "elegant". Second, picture quality. So far it's doing a great job on text-reading and video playback, though it's not as good as my old Sony when it comes to digital image editing(well, maybe the Apple is even better), but far more better then the 915N. I have yet to see its strength(?) on games because I rarely play games, I only tried the Shin.Sangokumusou 4 on it and it's working fine. Last, I don't complain about the lack of portrait mode and I don't feel like it's stable. And the rotating base of this 245BW is great on my corner table, super convenient. I would give a solid 4+ stars on this LCD, it's a good buy for anyone concerns about the quality/price ratio.

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