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Samsung SyncMaster S23A550HThe Samsung SyncMaster S23A550H LED monitor performs well and the price is good, but it simply pales in comparison with its predecessor.
The original Matrix movie was pretty good. This one, not so much. In my opinion it wasn't horrible and someone say it was even bad. It just doesn't live up to the previous entry. After seeing it you kind of like, really? That's where they went from the original Matrix? That was the next logical step for the story and what was over that dancing, anyway. Say to least I was disappointed which brings me to this, the Samsung SyncMaster S23A550H. This is the follow up to our best review TN display, the PX2370. The PX2370 is pretty awesome. The 550 isn't bad, but it just can't live up to its predecessor. Okay, I don't want to sound too negative, so let's talk about what I did like. The transparent footstand is very cool-looking and wide enough to keep the monitor stable even when some [unk] decides to knock it around. Although it's not as thin as the PX, it's still aesthetically well-designed and includes a maroon Touch of Color on the bezel that looks pretty sleek. Also, the OSD is comprehensive with all the normal Samsung features. There is one new feature though that's pretty cool. The more you use the monitor's ambient light sensor and motion sensor which puts the monitor to sleep when you're not around, the more of the little tree icon grows. It's just so cute and it even gives you an estimate of how many trees you've save by using the power saving features, pretty cool. Performance wise, the monitor does a good job with movies, games, general tasks but doesn't quite reach the high level of performance with PX. This is do mostly to the 550's tendency to wash out light colors. Now to the back, first as you can see there's no DVI port and Samsung includes only VGA and HDMI. Disappointing sense, many PC users have only DVI access and the lack of a DVI port would require them to purchase an extra cable. Also, the connections are really difficult to get too. A huge change from the PX which had this connections based back and a way easier to access. Samsung includes a cable management system that requires you to pull off this casing. The inside of which is pretty sharp and if you're not careful, you can cut your hand. Incidentally, your pathway within the neck is too narrow to actually feed the cable through which is why we have to remove the casing. The problem is once we replace it and hook it up, we are unable to fully re-attach the neck casing do again to the very narrow pathway. I actually broke off a little piece of the covering and try to [unk] it. Alright, going back to my [unk] Matrix analogy for disappointment when taking as a stand along sci-fi film, The Matrix Reloaded isn't bad because it follow such a great first entry. I can't help but be disappointing and just like with those movies, the existence of a PX precludes me when given the 550 my full recommendation. Both monitors can be found for as low as 280 dollars. While the 550 displays mostly accurate colors, the PX has better overall performance especially when displaying games, movies, and photos. The PX's connection options are easily accessible and overall we found it more aesthetically pleasing than the 550. Also, don't get be started again on that cable management system. The 550 isn't a bad monitor by any means. It has a few unique and useful features but if you have a choice, the PX2370 is still a way to go. I'm Eric Franklin and this is then the first look at the Samsung SyncMaster S23A550H.