Samsung SyncMaster 2463UW 24in LCD

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Product: Samsung SyncMaster 2463UW 24" LCD
Provided By: Samsung Canada
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Introduction:

I love the big screen monitors. After I went from a 19" CRT to a 22" LCD I couldn't go back - anything else left a sour taste in my mouth. Today we are looking at a Samsung SyncMaster 2463uw 24" LCD. When I got this opportunity I was excited, 24" is the sweet spot for monitors nowadays, I wouldn't go higher, anything above a 24" is borderline on becoming a TV and that is for watching movies on. The SyncMaster 2463uw has quite an impressive list of specifications and features, from a nice full 1920x1200 resolution and a 20000:1 contrast ratio to a built in microphone and web cam, this monitor is loaded with everything.

The Box
The Box

 

First Thoughts:

I was pretty impressed with this monitor to start out with, with a really nice screen and a full load of features to boot this baby would come in handy for any person.

LCD Bundle
LCD Bundle

 

As I opened the box, and peered at what was inside, I realized that it contained a full set of accessories to get anyone up and going. Both a VGA and a DVI cable were included, which is rare in a monitor, usually they contain one or the other, but only a small percentage contain both. There was a fat USB cable, for powering the USB hub on the monitor, as well as a software CD and manual. The monitor does not, however, include an HDMI cable, much to my disappointment, but since I bought the elite version of the XBIX360 I have one readily available.

There is nothing really special, or unique about this LCD, it is pretty impressive, it has nice features but in the end it looks like any other monitor, at least when it isn't turned on. The standard base is pretty common, the touch buttons are becoming a standard feature nowadays, and they were really cool and still are, however, it is really hard to have a touch screen display when the front panel keeps falling off! Yes, you heard me right the first time, I woke up the day after it came, and the front with the labels for buttons and menus was lying in front of it! I tried to put it back on, but it dropped off an hour later. Not a good testament to its durability.

Panel Front
Panel Front

 

On the next page we'll cover the specs before we get into testing.


Specifications:

Now some specifications before we get down to testing.  All specifications and features have been taken from Samsung's product page here.


In an increasingly globalized society, many people and businesses are looking for a more efficient and cost-effective way of communicating with each other. When it comes to computing, effective communication is paramount. The simple monitor you look at everyday has the potential to be more than just a visual display. It can be a gateway into a world where people from across the global are communicating as if they're sitting right next to each other. Imagine the possibilities. 

 

LCD Dimensions
Specs

 

On the next page we'll starting testing with some tools and see how this monitor really performs in objective tests.


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.


 

Performance:

I kept my resolution at 1920x1200 so any text is very small, while I don`t mind small text I don`t like to go overboard and this monitor provided the perfect size to resolution ratio for me. I know some monitors that would blur out and obscure nearly everything at max resolution, however nothing, as far as web browsing and document creating goes, is in the least bit blurry with the 2463uw.

For games, I started playing Bioshock (amazing game btw!) and I was able to take it full up to its rated 1920x1200 resolution in game. I also played COD4 a lot, since I`m part of a clan I play a lot more than normal, and while I was playing, it was a very pretty experience, I noticed no ghosting at all, and the video was nice and crisp. Even with only a 5ms response time, gaming was very smooth.


As for movies I was slightly disappointed with the viewing angle from the bottom since that is where most of my movies are watched from. However, the angle from side to side is pretty impressive and would be more than adequate for any average user. With absolutely no ghosting or blurring of any video, this monitor presents itself with a wide range of aspects that are nearly perfect.

Input Ports
Input Ports

 

In order for the speakers, mic, web cam, etc. pretty much anything but the monitor itself requires the USB power cord that is provided with the monitor. Once that is hooked up, windows should automatically detect the devices and install drivers for them. The speakers sounded pretty good considering they are monitor speakers; there is definitely a noticeable lack of any sound from the lower spectrum.

There is a microphone and web cam built into the monitor and that may sound cool for the average consumer.  However, for a monitor of this size most people will not be very close to the monitor and the microphone does not pick anything up farther than a foot away. In addition the web cam was okay if you are on a direct level with it, however if it is a tall desk then the monitor doesn't tilt down very much then the web cam is going to be quite a bit off.

 

Software & Documentation:

The monitor does come with a CD, with drives and some software available, as of time of writing I could not find this software compiled on Samsung's website so hang on to your CD! In addition to the monitor driver, the CD provides you with some cool software, some monitor tuning stuff and web cam software, it also includes adobe reader.

LCD Software
LCD Software

 

The software opens and is operated from within a web browser, however it required Internet Explorer to install things from that outlet, from Firefox it would give me an error message and tell me to go into the CD and install the program from the appropriate folder. I even tried it with Google's browser Chrome to end up with the same result as with Firefox.

 

Conclusion:

In conclusion I can confidently say that this monitor is an amazing product worthy of honor, Aside from all the extras that come with it the view is one of a kind. With a 5ms response time it isn't going to satisfy those extremists out there for their lightning speed 2ms, but it will provide anyone from the home dweller to the office user and the gamer with good clear picture. With the front falling off, the web cam not being able to be adjusted, and the mic (naturally) not working for larger distances, it isn't perfect, but it's about as close as you're going to get these days.

This monitor isn't in huge circulation yet, so I only found one seller for this monitor and that was for $489.95, considering that I paid 350$ a year ago for my 22" it's not too horrible of a price. If I had $500 bucks lying around I'd consider getting a 4870 x2 rather than a new monitor.

Pros:

  • 1920x1200 Resolution
  • HDMI Video input
  • USB hub
  • 5ms Response Time
  • Good Contrast Ratio

 

Cons:

  • Mic doesn't really work
  • Webcam works only in certain situations

 

 BCCRating

I'd like to thank Samsung for sending this monitor our way to review.  Although it falls short of the "Top Pick", it is still a decent LCD although the web cam and mic seem to be integrated as an afterthought.

Please feel free to post your thoughts, comments, questions and experiences with this LCD in our forum at the "Comments" link below.