Samsung SyncMaster T240HD review: Samsung SyncMaster T240HD

The Samsung SyncMaster t240HD scored an 87 in CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based tests. Compared with the HP w2408h True Color Widescreen, the Samsung performed better in most of the individual tests. Unlike the HP, the Samsung did not have the problem of unwanted color creeping into the grayscale. The Samsung did have the same problem as the HP of not being able to distinguish very dark grays from black. Font sharpness on the Samsung was impressive and looked much thinner and less blurry than the HP's.

According to Samsung, the SyncMaster T240HD uses half the power of other displays by reducing the number of backlights and keeping them confined along the edges. Samsung says they compensate for the reduced backlights by focusing the light that is there and increasing the overall efficiency of the display. Samsung may not have compensated enough. They claim a maximum brightness of 300 candelas per square meter (cd/M2). The maximum brightness of the display, according to our tests, was 217cd/M2. This is a lot lower than the 434cd/M2 tested brightness of the HP w2408h True Color Widescreen and 452cd/M2 of the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP. One of the benefits of the Samsung's lower brightness is that the screen showed less backlight bleed through than either the Dell or the HP. If you're in a room that gets tons of sunlight, however, you may consider the low brightness a potential deal breaker.

We hooked the display directly to Cable, bypassing the box to try out the QAM tuner. After a channel setup that took a few minutes, we were able to watch cable without any problems.

The Dolby Digital Surround speakers provide decent sound quality. When viewing a movie from about 6 feet to 7 feet away, we found that some dialogue was still hard to hear even when turned to its maximum volume. The speakers have a better bass-to-treble balance than the HP w2408h True Color Widescreen, so music sounded clear without being stark or tinny.

Brightness test (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Contrast ratio
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Acer P241w 24-inch
Samsung SyncMaster T240HD 24-inch

DisplayMate test
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Service and support
Samsung backs the SyncMaster T240HD 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.

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