Samsung SyncMaster F2380 review: Samsung SyncMaster F2380

The Samsung SyncMaster F2380 achieved a brightness score of 237 candelas per square meter (cd/m2)--lower than the XL2370's 344 cd/m2 and lower than Samsung's claimed maximum brightness of 300 cd/m2. In practice, we found the F2380's brightness level a tad lower than we prefer, especially when viewing games or Web sites with a lot of color.

We looked at "Kill Bill Vol. 1" on DVD and several 1080p movie files from Microsoft's WMV HD Showcase. Movies on the F2380 looked great thanks to the display's high contrast ratio, exhibited by its very deep blacks. The displays tested contrast ratio was 2,517:1, which is lower than Samsung's claimed 3,000:1 ratio but higher than any monitor we've tested before.

Unreal Tournament 3 and World of Warcraft both looked great running at 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution and showed no signs of ghosting or input lag. However, we did notice a graphical anomaly while playing Warcraft. In certain spots, very subtle green circles appeared when we moved through the world. This most likely can be attributed to the display's slower 8ms response time. We didn't see this on the XL2370, which has a faster 2ms response time.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front of the monitor, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are made to be viewed only at that angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Samsung used a cPVA panel in the SyncMaster F2380. Vertical Alignment panels usually show only minimal color shifts with angle changes. This is the case with the SyncMaster F2380. Viewing the screen from multiple wide angles did nothing to diminish the quality of the screen.

Juice box
Samsung SyncMaster F2380 Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 37.78
On (max luminance) 37.78
On (min luminance) 17.5
Sleep 0.6
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 32.27
Annual power consumption cost $11.63
Score Fair

In the power consumption tests, the Samsung SyncMaster F2380 drew 37.78 watts in its Default/On mode--more than the XL2370's 30.09 watts. Based on our formula, the F2380 would cost $11.69 per year to run--compared with the XL2370's $9.96 per year cost.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SP2309W
297 
Dell S2409W
242 
Samsung SyncMaster F2380
237 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster F2380
2,517:1 
Dell S2409W
1,001:1 
Dell SP2309W
648:! 

DisplayMate performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Service and support
Samsung backs the SyncMaster F2380 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. Documentation and support software for the F2380 were not yet available on Samsung's Web site at the time this review was published.

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