Samsung SyncMaster 245B

Samsung SyncMaster 245B
  • Samsung SyncMaster 245B
  • Samsung SyncMaster 245B
  • Samsung SyncMaster 245B
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5

Pros

  • Suitable for watching high-definition movies and DVDs, good brightness and contrast

Cons

  • Noticeable colour-shift when viewed from the sides, it doesn't have a component input, slight red discolouration in the grey level

Bottom Line

It's not a perfect monitor; viewing from the sides and from the top causes some colour-shift and it did look a little dull in our photo tests, but the 245B is a decent high-definition monitor for productivity and multimedia use. Because it's a high-definition monitor, we would have liked the inclusion of video-in ports.

Would you buy this?

Rarely do we review monitors that don't require a lot of calibration, but Samsung's 245B was almost perfectly set up straight out of the box. We only had to adjust the contrast slightly in order to make some light grey colours visible on a white background. But, while we didn't have to fiddle much with its settings, we did find a couple of minor problems with its display.

It's a 24in monitor with a native resolution of 1920x1200, and it has a widescreen aspect ratio (16:10), which makes it suitable for productivity (you can easily line up two documents side-by-side) and watching movies. It has analogue (D-Sub) and digital (DVI) connections, and we tested with the latter, using an ATI Radeon HD 2900XT graphics card on a Windows Vista-based system.

The monitor has a high level of brightness and very good uniformity when viewed from directly in front. Its brightness may not be to everyone's liking, but it can be changed at the touch of a button, as this screen has Samsung's MagicBright technology. There are pre-set brightness levels for playing games, surfing the Internet and watching movies, among other tasks, but we found the default, custom mode to be best for all our tests. The on-screen menu also allows for the gamma and colour levels to be set manually.

From the sides, the monitor can't be viewed perfectly. There was noticeable colour-shift, even from slightly wide angles. Luckily, the base can swivel. Its vertical viewing angle is also sensitive. We had to adjust the tilt angle to get the brightness to be even at the top of the screen. The height-adjustable base also helped this cause.

As for its colours, its white looked white, and not grey or blue, during our tests, and its black colour was rich and didn't suffer too much from any paleness. There was some slight backlight bleeding on the sides and at the top, which became evident on dark screens and when watching dark scenes in movies. Using DisplayMate, we noticed that the monitor's grey colours did suffer from a slightly red discolouration, and some noise was noticeable in the mid-level grey colours. In the colour scale test, there was good contrast between colour intensities (from dark to light).

In our photo tests, however, photos looked a tad dull. We didn't have any problems viewing fine details such as feathers and strands of string, and dark areas were handled well. The colour-shift from different viewing angles was also noticeable during these tests.

For watching movies, the monitor supports HDCP and it happily played back Blu-ray movies at their native resolution. Blu-ray movies looked great as far as detail and colour are concerned. DVDs were also handled well by the monitor, with relatively good detail shown in our test DVD (The Bourne Supremacy), despite the monitors' native high-definition resolution (which is much higher than the resolution of a DVD).

The monitor handled motion fairly well; there was slight blurring during our horizontal text-scrolling test, and vertical scrolling didn't induce headaches. While gaming and watching movies, we didn't notice any problems.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?