Samsung 2693HM review: Samsung 2693HM

Performance
The Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM scored an 88 in CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance test. We tested the display via DVI connection and saw accurate color reproduction depending on the color-temperature setting. For example, while testing in the Cool color temperature it was able to show subtle differences in several shades of the color red, but it had trouble doing the same with the color blue. When watchingKill Bill Vol. 1 on DVD, the screen also had a noticeable blue tint to it. Conversely, when we switched the temperature to warm, we did not see the same problems with blue, but did see them with red in DisplayMate. This did not hold true when watching movies however. When set to warm, the display showed very accurate color tint and did not suffer from looking too red. The Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP did not have this same problem in either the Cool or Warm modes. The evidence shows that Samsung, at the very least, has over-calibrated the Cool color-temperature setting.

Other than the color-temperature problem, DVDs and HD material looked good, with deep blacks and noticeable dark screen detail. The Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP still had deeper blacks, though. In scenes where there was high dynamic range--like sunlight reflecting off of lightly-colored surfaces--there was a bit of oversaturation, which resulted in a loss of detail. Turning the contrast down helped, but it was accompanied by an even greater detail loss.

Horizontal viewing angle was fairly wide--at about 1.5 feet the detail would start to dip--and was about the same as with the Viewsonic VA2626wm. It could not keep up with the Dell, however, which dropped little detail no matter the angle. When playing World of Warcraft, while slouching in our seats--that's how we roll sometimes--we found that the detail in the upper portion of the screen dropped considerably. We experienced the same thing with the Viewsonic VA2626wm, but the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP's picture remained solid no matter how low we slouched.

The Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM achieved a contrast ratio of 939:1 in our tests. This was very close to the manufacture's claim of 1000:1. The Viewsonic and the Dell scored 779:1 and 891:1, respectively.

The speakers can be turned very loud but sound tinny at high levels and lack enough bass to balance out the sound.

Service and support
Samsung backs the SyncMaster 2693HM with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty that covers the backlight. It also offers support through a 24-7 toll free number, as well as 24- to 48-hour turnaround e-mail and Web-chat support. Navigating its site and finding the drivers, product manual, and quick guide was simple and easy.

Brightness in cd/m2
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM 25.5-inches
417 
V7 D24W33 24-inches
190 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM 25.5-inches
939:1 
V7 D24W33 24-inches
670:1 

DisplayMate Tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
V7 D24W33 24-inches
90 
Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM 25.5-inches
88 

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