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Samsung LS24D590PL review

Michael Passingham
30 Jun 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
169
inc VAT

A pretty and well-priced monitor with good image quality

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Specifications

Screen size: 23.6, Resolution: 1,920x1,080, Screen technology: PLS, Video inputs: VGA, 2x HDMI

The Samsung LS24D590PL is one of the most stylish 24-inch monitors we've reviewed. With a super-thin bezel and a distinctive T-shaped stand, it really sticks out from the crowd.

Samsung is known for placing a premium on design and often finds itself dividing opinion, but we think it's hit a sweet spot with the LS24D590PL. While the whole monitor is made from plastic, the blend of silver on the front of the stand, brushed black on the rear and glossy black on the bezel really does exude class from all angles and is particularly impressive considering the price.

Samsung LS24D590PL display

The bezel is just 6mm wide around the top and sides, and this makes a real difference to the viewing experience and really pulls the eyes towards the centre of the screen making for a much better cinematic experience.

Unfortunately, the LS24D590PL wobbles more than we’d like, and moves from side to side even after a slight knock. Furthermore, there's very little screen tilt adjustment and no height adjustment or swivel. The lack of height adjustment may upset the style conscious, as a good-looking monitor looks rather less sophisticated if it’s placed on top of a pile of books.

Samsung LS24D590PL side

The LS24D590PL’s Full-HD PLS panel is bright and able to display colours with a good deal of accuracy. We measured that the LS24D590PL is displaying 90.1 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut. After calibration we were able to increase the coverage slightly to 92.6 per cent. The calibration process was made somewhat easier by the cleverly designed control stick on the rear of the device, which provides better control than the buttons found on many monitors.

Samsung LS24D590PL rear

The overall viewing experience is helped by high contrast levels; we measured it at 1152:1, which allowed us to see a reasonably high level of detail in our test images. The display gave off just 0.2cd/m2 of light when displaying blacks, which meant they remained as deep and inky as we’d like. Solid, bright colours were vibrant, with the screen only just missing some lighter reds and purples.

The LS24D590PL has a "game mode" feature, too, which is intended to help gamers see a higher level of detail in darker areas on screen. It certainly works; we could see significantly more detail in areas that were barely visible under normal conditions when playing Half Life 2 and Trine 2. However, this is to the detriment of image quality; colours and shapes become very sharp and take on harsher colours. We didn't like this effect at all, although we can't deny the fact that it will be a very useful feature for some gamers.

The Samsung LS24D590PL is a great-looking device, and overall image quality is on par with what you'd expect from a monitor of this price. However, if looks aren't important to you, then consider the similarly priced Iiyama Prolite XB2483HSU, which has a better stand, a built-in USB hub and similar image quality.

Physical
Shape and size23.6in widescreen
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio1000:1
Brightness250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle178°
Vertical viewing angle178°
Response time table entry5ms grey-to-grey
Screen depth24mm
Base (WxD)381x 165mm
Screen elevation107mm
Features
Portrait modeNo
Wall mount optionYes
Height adjustableNo
Integrated speakersNone
Detachable cablesYes
USB hubNone
Integrated power supplyNo
Kensington lock lugYes
Extras3.5mm audio output
Video inputsVGA, HDMI,
HDCP supportYes
Audio inputsNone
Environmental
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on22W
Buying information
Price inc VAT£161 inc VAT
Supplierwww.debenhamsplus.com
Detailswww.samsung.co.uk
WarrantyTwo-years collect and return
Part codeLS24D590PL/ZA

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