Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD review

  • £300

Is this the ultimate combination of HDTV and PC monitor?

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Our Verdict

Doesn't meet the UK specific requirements for HDTV broadcasts. TN panel disappointing.

For

  • Great concept
  • Nice design

Against

  • No DVB-T2 tuner
  • Too expensive

PC monitor and HDTV technology have been converging in recent years. The new Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD takes that trend to its logic conclusion. Superficially, it's a pretty ordinary 24-inch PC monitor, albeit a snazzy-looking example with an LED backlight. But it also packs a digital TV tuner and IR remote.

So, it's the ultimate, two-in-one? Not quite. The panel itself sports an HDTV-aping 16:9 aspect ratio and packs a 1080p Full HD pixel grid. However, as far as UK users are concerned, the TV tuner is not HD. It's standard DTV only. That means you'll need an external Freeview HD box or similar to enable HDTV visuals. In that sense, the Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD is no more an HDTV than any monitor with an HDMI port.

What's more, at nearly £400, this is one pricey PC monitor, especially given its TN LCD panel. For this sort of cash, you'd normally expect one of Samsung's spectacular PVA panels.

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
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption35 W
Standby Power Consumption290 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power10 W
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand436 mm
Width with Stand579 mm
Depth with Stand216 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelFX2490HD
Product NameSyncMaster FX2490HD 24" LED-LCD TV
Product LineSyncMaster
Manufacturer Part NumberLS24F9DSM/EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.30 kg