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Samsung B2430H 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Glossy Black
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- HDMI connectivity lets you quickly and securely connect peripheral devices.
- The MagicEco feature allows you to work at 100%, 75% or 50% brightness, to reduce energy usage.
- 70,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio creates deeper, more dramatic dark tones and brighter more striking light tones.
- 16:9 widescreen offers clear, distortion-free images and a lot more space to have a lot more fun. Made for multimedia and optimized for HD content.
- 5ms Response time gives you razor sharp motion graphics for movies, games, and internet streamed content without the motion blurring
- Low power consumption technology reduces energy use and energy bills even further
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For those for whom ordinary is not an option, we created the Samsung B2430H monitor. This 24" monitor features a rich glossy black finish accented by an elegant clear acrylic bar along the bottom bezel. Inside, leading-edge technology results in picture quality second to none with 70,000 : 1 dynamic contrast ratio, full HD 1,920 x 1,080 and HDMI connectivity. To save energy and money, the MagicEco feature allows you to work at 100%, 75% or 50% brightness. And for ease of use, the MagicReturn feature automatically displays dual-monitor content on a single monitor when one monitor is powered off.
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It's big, it's sharp, the image is excellent, it's cheap, it's a Samsung. The wide format (albeit designed for movies) allows 2 full windows to be displayed side-by-side, which is very helpful if you use several programs simultaneously, particularly if you heavily copy-and-paste between them. Similar larger monitors (e.g., 27") are no higher resolution but are substantially more expensive.
As others have noted, the stand is "unimpressive". It is non-adjustable, neither in height nor side-to-side, albeit there is some limited tilt. I had to set mine on a 3" thick book to get it to my preferred viewing height. Noting four threaded holes on the back, I hoped that I could transplant the excellent stand from my old (dead) 21" Samsung monitor, but nope, different spacing--but I'm still considering making a home-made adapter plate. I took a star off my otherwise 5-star rating for the poor stand.
Other shortcomings are insignificant, and should not affect a purchasing decision, but I'll mention them anyway (mostly in the futile hope that Samsung is listening). I'm not thrilled about the rounded shiny black case--the matte black of my 21" Samsung was much more impressive. I really don't like the touch controls--I vastly prefer the tactile feedback of buttons. The logic of the controls is annoying until you figure it out. Why can't you choose options with your mouse? The "Quick Setup Guide" is very annoying. Are there really too few customers in the English-speaking world to produce an English "Quick Setup Guide"? The "Guide" has approximately 1 sentence per page (REALLY!!!), repeated in 16 languages. Very annoying, and almost useless.
1) DVI-D (i.e. for PC, cable included), 2) HMDI (cable NOT included), 3) D-sub (RGB, analog; cable included).
Don't be confused, you need ONE, and only one, connection to your PC. For a simple connection to a PC, the DVI-D connection with the included cable is the best, and the monitor will automatically assume that the source is a computer. If your video card has both DVI and HDMI ports, it is best to connect your PC to the monitor with the DVI cord---which leaves the HDMI port free to connect to a DVD/blu-ray player etc., and you will be able to select between your computer and your player with the "source" button on the front panel.
If your video adapter has offers only a HDMI connection, you can use that, but you'll have to buy a HDMI cable. Mediabridge Ultra Series - High Speed HDMI Cable With Ethernet - (3 Feet) - Category 2 Certified - Supports 3D & Audio Return Channel [Latest HDMI Version Available If you connect via HDMI cable, the monitor assumes it is connected to a video player (etc.)---but you can go the Menu> Setup&Reset Menu> PC/AV Mode and select "PC" for a sharper picture.
You can also use the B2430H as a video monitor, in most cases via the HDMI port, or the RGB port, depending on the source.
There is also an RCA-audio port (cable not included), but it apparently is a dummy, used on models which have built-in TV-tuners (so ignore the instructions about making an audio connection).
DVI or NO DVI?
Amazon, and the Samsung website are very unclear about whether this model includes a DVI port. Some sources say "yes", some say "no". It does. But before you are tempted to purchase a very similar B2430HD etc. for $30 more with a built-in TV tuner---beware that model may NOT have a DVI-port. Even though it seems likely that the sister models have the same ports---Samsung says they don't.
SETTINGS (in Windows)
My limited experience was that the Windows "plug & play" connection would auto-detect the screen resolution. (Indeed, it did when my 21" monitor died and I had to pull a lower resolution 14" monitor out of deep storage while waiting for the new Samsung.) But Windows DID NOT auto-detect the resolution of the Samsung B2430H and the view was blurry until I went into the Windows display settings and set the resolution to 1920 x 1080. So, as soon as you have an image, check the display resolution before fiddling with the monitor menu. In Windows XP, Start> Settings > Control Panel > Display > Settings > Screen Resolution > set to 1920 x 1080.
BIG or SMALL?
If you are considering this monitor, you are thinking big--at least compared to 14" or 15" monitors. Big is good, especially for running several applications simultaneously and cutting and pasting between them. However, I have found that I can read small monitors better, especially with word-processing programs which had an unchangeable white background. That white background creates alot of glare, which is perceived as a lack of sharpness, and the bigger the monitor the more the glare. If you've got a big monitor, hold up books to block the left and right side of the screen, so you just see the middle--does it look sharper to you?--it does for me. I have purchased the most expensive type of glasses with the most expensive anti-glare coatings, for exactly my viewing distance--and it doesn't make any difference. So, if you are just doing email or surfing the web, maybe a smaller monitor is worth considering. I was forced to use a ancient (15 year-old-Dell) 14" monitor for a week while waiting for the Samsung--and for that one glorious week, I had NO headaches caused by eyestrain. The little monitor was a pleasure. Also before you upgrade from an older working monitor, note that the vertical resolution is only 1080 dpi. The vertical resolution on my old 21" Samsung was 1200 dpi--I actually LOST vertical resolution when I "upgraded" to the B2430H.
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I use this monitor with the HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB (256bit) GDDR5 2x Mini-DisplayPort HDMI 2x DVI (HDCP) PCIe X16 2.1 Video Card H695QNT2G2M.
QUALITY WITH HDMI CABLE:
The edges of the letters were not clear or sharp and looked quite blurry. I checked all of my settings, tweaking both the monitor and the GPU in Catalyst Control Center to no avail. I was understandably disappointed as I love Samsung monitors/TVs and my first assumption was that it was the monitor.
QUALITY WITH DVI CABLE:
My GPU offers multiple outputs (DVI, Mini-Display port & HDMI) so I decided to connect a DVI cable to the monitor instead of using the HDMI. Wow, That was it! That solved the problem...and apparently, it is not uncommon as I found countless references to it after searching.
BTW, it was not the actual HDMI cable itself. I am assuming it is the "processing" of the HDMI signal done by my GPU (HIS Radeon HD6950). There may be a remedy to the problem within the GPU's software settings, however, I did not find the right combination of settings to completely eliminate the fuzz when using the HDMI.
ONBOARD GRAPHICS VS. HD6950 GPU:
There was no blurry text when using my computer's onboard graphics, my problem was limited to using the monitor with an HDMI cable and my HD6950 GPU.
COMPARED WITH AN ASUS VW246W:
I ordered an ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black first after researching reviews. After tweaking both it and my GPU settings I didn't like the color and it lacked brightness. So...I ordered the Samsung B2430H before returning it just to be sure. I knew that was the only way I could accurately judge them... both of them in front of me at the same time. The Samsung was a clear and decisive winner (based on color and brightness) so the Asus went back. Both were tested using the HDMI cable connected to my GPU. I do not know if the effects the HDMI cable had on the Samsung (fuzzy text) could equate to poor color and brightness on the Asus so YMMV.
Once I solved the mystery of blurry text the monitor was beautiful. Color/clarity/brightness. Obviously there is more going into the picture quality than just the quality of the monitor. GPU settings and processing can ultimately effect the picture quality. If I find a settings solution I will update my review.
I use this monitor as part of my sim racing rig. I knew when choosing a monitor I would eventually be adding two more for a triple monitor set up, so price was a consideration. As such I needed a monitor that had VESA mounts and a variety of input connections. This Samsung is equipped with 75 mm VESA mounting holes and HDMI, DVI-D and VGA (analog) inputs.
Of note ...it comes with the DVI cable. It has a 5ms response time and though I was looking for something with 2ms, I can't see any issues or short comings from the 5ms. I would have loved it if the bezel (frame) was smaller since I'm mounting 3 side by side, but ...I couldn't get everything I wanted without paying more.
I can't subtract any stars for the HDMI issue because it is not a Samsung issue. But I suspect those who are unaware of this issue may understandably blame the monitor.
The product didn't come with an HDMI Cable however, we already had one and it worked great with it. We have had no problems from this monitor what so ever. It has been functioning beautifully, as well as providing quality in both appearance and vivid detail. We are totally satisfied with this monitor and look forward to maintaining it functional for a years to come.
My only quirk is with the sensitive touch buttons on the front of the monitor which are under the SAMSUNG Logo. They look cool, except it requires a little patience playing around with them and figuring out which one does what (IE; picture,contrast, sharpness, etc). It is nice once you get the hang of it. I of course will not deduct any stars regardless, as the product itself is genuinely a 5 star masterpiece. Graphics are crisp and clear,even when playing video games. We connected our XBOX 360 and played Modern Warfare 2 and it looks better on this monitor than on our 50" SAMSUNG HDTV. The neck looks fragile, and doesn't swivel, however it is so light that you can just pick it up gently with no effort and turn it towards the direction you want with no problem. Be careful though, because you definitely do not want to break the stand.
We highly recommend this masterpiece if you are looking for a monitor which delivers on both, vivid graphics and outstanding features as you'd expect! This definitely is worth the money!
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