Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD review

Is this the ultimate combination of HDTV and PC monitor?

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Samsung syncmaster fx2490hd

A PC monitor that doubles as an HDTV is a nice idea for a home office where space is at a premium. In theory, the Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD delivers just that. It's a 24-inch PC monitor with a slick industrial design that apes Samsung's HDTV sets.

That means glossy transparent plastics, a super thin chassis and a snazzy chrome stand. In short, it looks expensive. That's just as well because at nearly £400 it is indeed pretty pricey for a 24-inch PC monitor with a TN panel.

Of course, the FX2490HD's real claim to fame is HDTV functionality. It's here that things begin to go wrong, for UK users anyway. Samsung has seen to fit an HD cable TV tuner, as used in the US. But the DVB-T2 tuner required for Freeview HD in the UK is not present. There's only a standard definition DVB-T tuner.

Making matters worse, the FX2490HD doesn't have a DVI port, instead offering a pair of HDMI ports and a VGA socket. In theory, HDMI should work fine with a PC's standard DVI port and an adapter. In practice, signal compatibility can be a problem, as it was during our testing.

To cut a long story short, we failed to get any PC to scan correctly on the FX2490HD. In fact, we had the same problem using a PC with an HDMI port. The moral here is that a PC monitor should have a DVI port, plain and simple.

As for image quality, testing the finer points is tricky when the screen isn't correctly scanned, but the basics – including the brightness of the LED backlight, viewing angles, black levels and vibrancy – look pretty good for a TN panel.

We liked

An all-in-one solution is an attractive idea for a cramped home office. Certainly, the Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD is a sexy bit of kit with a convincing looking mini-HDTV vibe. For the most part, it's well specified thanks to an LED backlight and 1080p LCD panel.

We disliked

£400 is an awful lot of money for a 24-inch monitor with a TN panel. In theory, that price is offset by the HDTV functionality. In practice, the lack of a DVB-T2 tuner makes that idea moot. The absence of a DVI port in favour of HDMI connectivity can also be problematic.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Product FamilySyncMaster
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size61 cm (24")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle170°
Vertical Viewing Angle160°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption35 W
Standby Power Consumption290 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power10 W
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand436 mm
Width with Stand579 mm
Depth with Stand216 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Height363 mm
Width579 mm
Depth36.5 mm
ColourMystic Brown
Brightness250 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture
Product ModelFX2490HD
Product NameSyncMaster FX2490HD 24" LED-LCD TV
Product LineSyncMaster
Manufacturer Part NumberLS24F9DSM/EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

This Samsung HDTV monitor flaunts head-to-stand style with a chrome-coated, mystic brown finish and Touch of Colour's design. And thanks to its built-in digital tuner this monitor transforms into a TV right on your desk. A unique, quadruple stand makes sure it stays firmly put while you watch your favourite programs. Plus the 1080p high definition LED images keeps it all rich, realistic and sharp while stunning surround sound adds the finishing touch.

Package Contents
  • SyncMaster FX2490HD LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Signal Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Driver CD
  • Manual CD
Response Time5 ms
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.30 kg