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Samsung S24C650PL review

Katharine Byrne
7 Sep 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
177
inc VAT

A good business monitor with a wide range of ports and a flexible stand

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Specifications

23.6in screen size, 1,920x1,080 resolution, DVI: no, VGA: yes, HDMI:

The S24C650PL is a 23.6in display with a 1,920x1,080 resolution, and its super flexible stand lets you work in portrait mode as well as the usual landscape orientation. It's also height adjustable, can swivel 45 degrees side to side and has 25 degrees of tilt. This makes it easy to find a comfortable working position, and its wide viewing angles make it easy to see no matter where you position it on your desk.

Samsung S24C650PL

The monitor uses Samsung's own kind of PLS (plane to line switching) panel technology, but it’s comparable with a more traditional IPS panel in terms of the sRGB colour gamut. Our colour calibrator showed it was displaying 96.9 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut at its default settings. We'd normally expect to see at least 96 per cent from an IPS panel, so this is good, but other IPS panels we've seen of this size have measured around 98 per cent. It had excellent green coverage, but our colour gamuts showed it was slightly short on its red and purple coverage. This affected its deep blue representation as well, but unfortunately we weren't able to increase this figure after calibration.

This didn't make too much of a difference in our solid colour image tests, though, as reds, greens and blues were all rich and vibrant, and whites were bright with only a slight hint of grey. Blacks were deep, and we measured a black level of just 0.20cd/m² with our colour calibrator.

Samsung S24C650PL

This had a knock-on effect in our high contrast images, though, as the deep black levels often wiped out a lot of darker shadow detail. Colours looked accurate, but even though we measured a high contrast ratio of 1,248:1 before calibration, the S24C650PL was just black in several areas where our reference monitor showed detail. This was disappointing, but this shouldn't be too much of a problem if you're only going to be using the monitor for reading and writing documents.

As for connection ports, there's VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, as well as a 3.5mm audio input and outputs and a two-port USB2 hub. This is great for connecting USB drives, as it means you don’t have to reach behind your PC.

Samsung S24C650PL

The Samsung S24C650PL is a great business monitor, but it's not quite as versatile or accurate as the more expensive BenQ BL2410PT. The S24C650PL certainly looks much prettier on your desk, but the BenQ is the better buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating****

Physical

Viewable size23.6 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio1000:1
Brightness250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle178°
Vertical viewing angle178°
Response time5ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth24mm
Base (WxD)248x222mm
Screen elevation130mm

Features

Portrait modeyes
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableyes
Internal speakersyes (2x 1W)
Detachable cablesyes
USB hub2-port USB
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasheadphone output
VGA inputyes
DVI inputno
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputs3.5mm line in

Environmental

Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on30W

Buying Information

Price£177
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailswww.samsung.co.uk
Warrantythree years RTB

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