Samsung SyncMaster P2450h review: Samsung SyncMaster P2450h

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The green push trend continues with high-resolution photographs, with similar color results as to what we saw when watching "Avatar": sickly faces and duller color than the PX2370 displayed. However, the problem isn't as pronounced as what we saw when we were watching the movie.

Viewing angle
The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front of it, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors as they were intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The Samsung SyncMaster F2450h uses a TN panel. When it's viewed from the sides or below, we perceive the screen to darken about 6 inches off from center; a typical viewing angle limit for a TN-based monitor. At its default settings, the PX2370 had about the same viewing angle threshold; however, it includes extra features that improve viewing from specific angles. The P2450h doesn't include these features.

Recommended settings and use
For general use, such as watching movies, or editing photos, we find the optimal picture setting on the P2450h is its Standard preset, with the contrast set to 56 and the Blue set to 67. For games, the Game preset is best.

As with most TN-based monitors, the Samsung SyncMaster P2450h isn't meant to be used if accurate color reproduction is required. If you do have such needs, we suggest you narrow your search to IPS or PVA-based panels only. For those uses, the Dell UltraSharp U2711 is a good place to start.

Juice box
Samsung SynMaster P2450h Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 38.52
On (max luminance) 38.52
On (min luminance) 14.09
Sleep 1.15
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 30.48
Annual power consumption cost $12.29
Score Fair

Power consumption:
The Samsung SyncMaster F2450h achieves a fair power consumption rating, with a Default/On power draw of 38.52 watts compared with the PX2370's draw of 25.01 watts in the same test. The consumption delta was much higher in our Sleep/Standby test with 0.27 watt for the PX2370 and the P2450h drawing more than four times as much power with 1.27 watts. With both monitors calibrated to 200 candelas per square meter (cd/m2), the PX2370 drew 19.9 watts, whereas the P2450h drew 30.09 watts. Based on our formula, the Samsung SyncMaster F2450h would cost $12.29 per year to power, compared with the PX2370's $7.65 per year.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster P2450h
256 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster P2450h
961:1 
Dell SP2309W
648:1 

DisplayMate performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Service and support
Samsung backs the SyncMaster F2450h with a comprehensive three-year parts-and-labor warranty that covers the backlight, which is as good as it gets for monitor vendors. It also offers support through a 24-7 toll-free number, as well as 24- to 48-hour turnaround time for e-mail and Web chat support. The display's documentation and support software are available on Samsung's Web site.

What you'll pay

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