CNET First Look
Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HDThe Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD is a 24-inch HDTV doubling as a monitor for a low price.
Hey everyone, I'm Eric Franklin from CNET.com and today we're taking a first look at the Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD. The FX is sleek and stylish looking with a very thin profile and unique looking chrome foot stand. When knocked from the sides, the foot stand does a good job of keeping the monitor from falling over, but the panel still wobbles a lot when knocked. The panel tilts back 10 degrees and swivels right and left 30 degrees, but no other ergonomic options are included. The connection options include 2 HDMI ports, component and composite ports, a coaxial antenna in, an optical audio out port, a headphone jack, a USB port, and an Ex-link port. The FX includes a Samsung TV like remote and is the preferred way of navigating the OSD. Picture options include typical controls like brightness, contrast, sharpness, and some custom presets. Also, there's a cold temperature option in an option to just a red, green, and blue values individually. In movies, the Samsung display dark detail just as well as on the Samsung PX2370. What stood out most was the apparent green push, noticeable in character faces, making them appear sickly compared to the health-looking faces of the PX2370; however, we were able to make some color adjustments in the settings and things improved greatly. We found games that delivered a vibrant image with no hint of that green color tint problem after calibration at least. In power consumption, the FX would cost $9 and 53 cents per year to run compared with the PX2370 is $7 and 65 cents per year. The FX has performance that rivals the PX2370. It also has some of the best movie and games performance we've seen recently, has a near full assortment of HDTV connection options. Still for $419, Samsung offers essentially a 24-inch television at a very appealing price. Once again, this is Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD.