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Samsung S24A850DW 24-inch LCD Monitor Review

The Samsung S24A850DW is a slimline business monitor that offers flexible features.

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Introduction

The S24A850DW is a 24-inch monitor that uses an LED backlight, and offers a range of business functions.

Front

Front Image

Back

Back Image

Side

Side Image

Stand

The stand is adjustable, allowing the panel to be lifted up by to 5 inches. It can also be rotated 90 degrees clockwise to portrait orientation, and Windows software is included which automatically rotates the desktop image to match.

Stand Photo
Stand A
Stand B
Stand C

In the Box

As well as the display itself, you also get

  • VGA cable
  • DVI Cable
  • External power supply
  • Quickstart manual
  • Software CD

The Software CD includes the autorotate software for Windows. Not included is a DisplayPort cable.

Contrast

The had a contrast ratio of 118:1, which is a little on the low side. This is because the black level of 0.94 cd/m2 is a little low, and the brightest white that we could get was measured at 111.25 cd/m2. Neither of these is especially good, which means that the contrast ratio between the two is smaller than we have seen on some other displays. More on how we test contrast.

Contrast Chart

Uniformity

We did find that the screen was very uniform, with clean, uniform blacks and whites across the screen. More on how we test uniformity.

Color Temperature

The performed well in our color temperature tests, with the whites maintaining a fairly constant color temperature across the range from the brightest whites down to the dim greys. More on how we test color temperature.

Color Temperature Chart

Color Curves

The did have some issues in our color curves test. In this, we look at how well the monitor reproduces subtle color changes, and we found that it did this most of the time, but at some points the curve had jumps in it, which could translate into color banding, especially with areas of subtle color changes, such as blue skies and flowers. More on how we test color curves.

Color Curves Chart

Color Gamut

As you would expect from a business monitor like the support for the sRGB color gamut is the only option available. There is no support for the larger Adobe RGB color gamut, or any way to tweak the gamut, but again we don't expect a business monitor to offer these features. More on how we test color gamut.

Color Gamut Chart

Viewing Angle

The uses a PLS (Plane to Line Switching) panel, a technology which usually offers good viewing angles. We found that this was the case with this monitor, with the blacks and whites holding up well at wider angles. However, this

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Calibration

We calibrate all of the monitors that we test using the manufacturers recommended settings for small office use, and then produce a profile using an X-rite i1 Display Pro.

Connectivity

The offers a good selection of ports, including a single DisplayPort, one DVI port and a VGA port. Not included are any HDMI ports, so this would not be a good monitor to use with a laptop that just offers HDMI outputs. A 4-port USB 3.0 hub is also built into the back of the pane, and a headphone output. There are no speakers built into this display, though.

Connectivity Photo 1

Connectivity Photo 2

Controls & Menus

The buttons for this monitor are located along the bottom of the bezel, under the screen. There are 5 buttons in total, with the far right button for power and the men button on the far left.

Other Features

Auto Rotate - The screen of this display can be easily rotated clockwise by 90 degrees with a simple push on the corner of the panel. Software for Windows is included that detects this rotation and automatically rotates the desktop image, which keeps the process of switching from landscape to portrait easier. This is a big plus for spreadsheet and document creators, as it allows you to see an entire page on one screen. There is no Mac software included, but support for screen rotation is built into the operating system, so it is easy to do.

Other Features Photo 1

The LS24A850DW in portrait orientation

4-Port USB Hub- A 4-port USB 3.0 hub is built into the back of the display, with the ports located next to the video inputs on the back of the display. This is a little awkward for plugging in frequently removed devices like USB thumb drives, but it is good for devices that are left plugged in, like keyboards and mice. USB 3.0 ports are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 cables and devices, so this hub will work with older USB 2.0 ports on your computer, but you will only get the extra speed of USB 3.0 if you connect it to a USB 3.0 socket.

Comparison Overview

Both monitors are strong performers, but the Samsung is slightly superior in many of our tests, as well as offering a wider set of features. These include a USB 3.0 hub and

Comparison Overview

If you need accurate color and have the budget to handle it, get the Eizo. If accurate color is less important, then the Samsung is the best pick between these two monitors. It does not have the level of control that the Eizo offers, but it does have good, solid performance that would be more than adequate for everyday use.

Comparison Overview

The Samsung S24A850DW is the more expensive of these two monitors, but it was a pretty close battle between them in our performance tests. The Dell was the better performer in some tests (such as color temperature), while the Samsung was the better in others. The Samsung was definitely the better designed monitor, though, with a stand that was more flexible and felt more robust than the Dell. For one thing, you can’t scratch the base of the Samsung when rotating the panel to portrait orientation, while we found ourselves doing this a lot with the Dell.

Conclusion

The has great image quality and overall performance. Priced at about $450, it is on the expensive side for a 24-inch business class monitor, but it does provide a good selection of connections that would allow it to be used in pretty much every situation. It is also attractively designed, with a flexible stand that allows the orientation of the screen to be quickly changed and accurately positioned. The built-in USB 3.0 hub will also be useful for those who want to get the maximum speed out of their external hard drives and other peripherals. It is expensive for the size though, so if you don't need the USB 3.0 hub and flexibility of the stand, there are plenty of cheaper models to choose from. But those who want a good quality, flexible monitor for general use won't go far wrong with this one.

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