Samsung SyncMaster 2463UW 24in LCD - Objective Tests and More

Article Index
Samsung SyncMaster 2463UW 24in LCD
Samsung 2463UW Specs and Features
Objective Tests and More
Performance, Software and Conclusion

A Word About Testing:

In everything we try and be fair, accurate and as objective as possible when it comes to testing hardware.  In the past, LCD reviews were done completely subjectively, but we have purchased some equipment that takes some of this out of the equation.  Take a look at our LCD Testing methodology over here to get a better idea of how we test LCDs.

 

Color Accuracy: 

Most of the time, LCD testing is subjective to the user, some people may like one thing and another may prefer something else. Here at BCCHardware have some advanced tests that we do for LCD screen testing. The first is color accuracy and for this we use the Spyder 3 Elite to calibrate and display results.

Target & Uncalibrated
Target & Uncalibrated

 

The image above shows the target color curve as well as the actual uncalibrated curves for red, green and blue.  Below, we have images that show the correction curve require and then the finished product.  Some cheap panels do not calibrate very well or easily, but this panel was able to be easily adjusted to be very close to perfect.

 Target, Uncalibrated & Correction
Target, Uncalibrated & Correction
Target & Calibrated
Target & Calibrated

 

To any untrained eye the difference is insignificant, the average person will not notice a difference it what it does. However, for visual artists, the difference is spectacular. For this particular monitor it is pretty darn close to its target, and therefore the correction is not much. The left picture illustrates the target of the monitor or where the RGB curves are supposed to be, and where they actually are, the middle one represents the correction made in reference to the uncalibrated curves and the target curves. The far right one shows how close the calibration came to being perfect.


We also measured both brightness uniformity as well as backlight bleeding on the monitor.  To measure brightness, we use a bright white screen and measure across the screen in a grid to get our readings.  The brightest spot is considered to be 100% and the blackest point (with a black screen) is considered to be reference 0%.  The other values are obtained by calculating the difference between the two.  The screen is brightest near the center.

 

 Lighting Uniformity Profile
Lighting Uniformity Profile
Lighting Uniformity
Lighting Uniformity

 

Viewing Angle:

One of the things that frustrates me are the viewing angles on monitors, most of the time they are fine, when I`m playing a game or when I'm browsing the web its picture is crisp and clear. However I don`t have a TV and my computer is my entertainment center, therefore all the movies I watch are on my computer, so it is important to have a good viewing angle. This monitor claims a 160 degree viewing angle in all directions (horizontal-vertical), however I beg to differ. These are my results using a dark room with nothing but the monitor`s light.

 Side Angle
Side Angle
 Top Angle
Top Angle
Bottom Angle
Bottom Angle

 

As you can see through the pictures, nearly every angle is nearly perfect, except for below the monitor. It annoys me because I like to recline in my easy-chair while watching a movie.

On the last page we'll wrap up with subjective performance tests and a quick peek at the software included.