The Bottom Line
- Digital HDTV Tuner
- Lots Of Video Input Connectors
- Panel Has An Anti-Glare Coating.
- Controls On Display Difficult to Use
- Does Not Come With HDMI Cable
- Speakers Lack Bass Support
- 24-inch TN Panel With 1920x1080 Native Resolution
- 1000:1 Typical Contrast (Assumed)
- 250 cd/m^2 Brightness
- 2ms Gray-To-Gray Response Time (Assumed)
- 170 Degree Horizontal And 160 Degree Vertical Viewing Angles
- 70% Color Gamut (Assumed)
- 5W Stereo Speakers
- Two HDMI, VGA, Composite, Component, HDTV Tuner
- Stand Provides Tilet And Swivel
- Includes VGA, Mini-Jack Audio and Remote
Guide Review - Samsung FX2490HD 24-inch LCD Monitor
Oct 19 2010 - Samsung FX2490HD is their latest computer LCD panel to incorporate an HDTV tuner into the monitor. This allows the display to pull double duty as both a computer display and as a television. This is certainly something that might appeal to someone that would like to use the screen in an office or even a bedroom but the 24-inch display is probably too small for an actual home theater setup.
The FX2490HD is a very thin display that can fit about anywhere and can also support a 75mm VESA wall mount. The ultra thin panel does mean that the power supply does have to be moved to an external power brick. Even with its thin dimensions, Samsung has managed to include a large number of video connectors including two HDMI, VGA, composite, component as well as the HDTV tuner plug. They manage to put all of these connectors behind a rear recessed panel that allows the cables to not stick out the back of the panel allowing for wall mounting.
The stand for the panel is very simple and straight forward. It allows the screen to tilt and even swivel to some extend but the junction does feel rather soft allowing for the display to rock a bit too freely once set to its position. A more traditional based with a wider post would have served better for stability.
The panel itself is one of Samsung's TN panels that can be found on many of their displays. It features a native resolution of 1920x1080 for full 1080p HD video support. It is lit by an LED backlit that allows for the display to be ultrathin. This also has the benefit of using less power than traditional CCFL backlights. It only consumers a relatively low 30 watts with typical usage including audio. The downside to these two technologies is that it provides a fairly limited color gamut of roughly 70%. This is fine for most consumer uses but professional graphics people will want to look at higher color response.
In testing, the color of the display was fairly good when used in the custom or text modes. The dynamic contrast mode tended to increase the red levels too much which caused a significant color shift. Brightness is also turned up to near maximum levels which wash out the whites. Black levels are very deep with very little light bleed. One really nice feature of the FX2490HD though is the use of an anti-glare coating. Most consumer displays and HDTVs tend to use glossy coatings to help increase color levels but they produce a fair amount of glare and reflections.
One surprising aspect of the Samsung FX2490HD is the lack of cables that come with it. The screen is best used as a digital display panel but it only comes with a single analog VGA cable for connecting to a computer. This can actually cause problems for some HD video sources with PCs that require a digital connector that supports HDCP.