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Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM 24″ LCD Monitor

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Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM 24″ LCD Monitor

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  1. tim_sf says on: 5 April 2010 at 4:26 pm

    – Update — a few weeks later

    I ended up returning this monitor and bought the Samsung 245T, 24″ widescreen. Wow…by far the best monitor I tried out of all the 24 inchers.

    I tried:

    Samsung 2493HM

    Samsung 245BW

    Gateway FPD2485

    Samsung 245T (bought off Amazon — the one I kept)

    I had color issues with all of the monitors, and the viewing angle of all of them didn’t come close to the 245T.

    My advice: spend the extra money on the 245T. It’s worth every penny, and there is no comparison.


    This thing is huge..and I like the size. It gives me a lot of area to work.

    However, for some reason I can’t adjust the “Contrast”. In the menu it’s “Not available” and I don’t know why.

    The colors are a little off, and I have not found an easy way to adjust them.

    The WORST thing about this monitor is the menu touch buttons. THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE. Instead of buttons, Samsung uses touch-sensitive icons that are IMPOSSIBLE to see. If you can believe it, I *have* to use a flashlight every time I want to adjust them so that I can figure out where to put my fingers. How stupid is that? Even with my desk lamp positioned right above the monitor, they are still invisible.

    Amazing, simply amazing. That makes me NOT to want to adjust the thing, which is not feasable since it’s new, and you can rotate it 90 degrees, and it has lots of adjustment features..etc etc.

    At this point, I’m torn whether I want to return it. If I keep it, I’ll have to use little pieces of tape to indicate where the buttons are, or keep a flashlight around.

    I give it 3.5 stars because it’s big and seems decent, and 1 star for the stupid design decision to use invisible modern impossible to use touch buttons.


    UPDATE — 1 week later


    To be able to adjust the monitor, I had to cut out little squares from a post-it note and attach them to the monitor so I could see where to touch. Otherwise, it was simply impossible to know where.

    I spent all week trying to adjust the color, and could not, under any circumstances, get rid of the too-red saturation.

    There is an Auto-adjust, which I did. There is a color-wizard, which I did too. That’s where you go through a wizard to adjust the red, green and blue. Then there’s a manual adjust, where you select RGB scales.

    None of them worked. The grays had too much red in them, the greens were too green. Everything looked like a bad cartoon. I tried the VGA and DVI connectors for my tower, and VGA for my laptop, and all provided the same bad color. The resolution was good though.

    To make matters worse, as I stated before, the user-interface on this monitor is useless. It’s a touch-sensitive area on the case, and it’s easy to brush your fingertips over the power or “auto-adjust” the hyper-sensitive pad, say if you are grabbing the unit with both hands and adjusting the angle or height. It’s way too easy to turn the monitor off involuntarily.

    The monitor comes with software for the 90-degree tilting. I installed it, but never tried it. But that’s because it ended up frying my laptop and I got blue-screens of death and could not use my laptop until I uninstalled it by booting in safe mode (Windows XP, which the software is supposed to be compatible with).

    The color adjustment wizards are a pain to use. You can only adjust the color through the wizard based on a tiny image of a sailboat, which is too small to use as a color guide. Wrong…it should let you adjust the color from any image you see on the screen.

    The software (I think) screwed up my KVM/single-monitor/dual usage view. For some reason, after I installed everything, my display now treats my laptop image as a dual-screen, and there’s nothing I can do to get it back short of restoring my last good image.

    If the colors were correct, and the touch-sensitive buttons were real buttons instead, and the software didn’t screw up my computers, this would be a sweet monitor. I liked everything else about it.

    Sadly, I returned it. Then I reconnected my old 17-inch CRT, which has much truer colors than the Samsung monitor did. However, my monitor would not work and nothing I could do would fix it, so I had to restore my last image (what a pain). I’m guessing it is because the resolution was too high, but, I tried a Gateway 24-inch monitor a while back and that allowed me to revert my system with no problems.

  2. Gurpreet S. Bhatia says on: 5 April 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Great Picture. Great Compatibility with my Vaio with Bluray Drive.

    But one needs to tweak this before using. The buttons on the panel suck though. Overall a good buy.

  3. Tae Jun Cho says on: 5 April 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Best monitor I’ve ever had!

    Just compare the price with Apple display. You will satisfy so much

  4. H. Michael Starr says on: 5 April 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I am almost pleased with this monitor. It has a great picture, and the color is fine (to my eyes, anyway). I like the size and find it very readable. No headaches or red eye yet.

    I am giving it only a three-star rating, however, because of the control panel. I find it completely unreadable. I guess the control names are in gray on a glossy black background. I really don’t know, because I can’t see them. I just know that if I put my finger on the bottom edge I might find the right control. I usually don’t and have to scrounge around a bit. This is important to me because I am using the monitor’s HDMI interface with an HD DVR box, as well as using it as the only monitor for my computer. When I turn it on, sometimes it comes up as the TV, when I want to do some computer work, and sometimes as the Vista start screen, when I want to watch some TV. If the monitor came with a remote control, it would go up to five stars; but it doesn’t, so it remains at only three.

  5. Eric says on: 5 April 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I bought two of these monitors online. One has an incredible sharp and clear picture, the other not so much. It seems like Samsung is manufacturing these monitors in different factories and some produce higher quality then others. Unfortunately I bought both monitors at an online store that has a not very favorable return policy, so I am stuck with a monitor that is essentially useless to me. Do yourself a favor and buy this type of monitor from a merchant where you are certain that you can return the product. If you get a good monitor you will love it. If you get one of the not so good ones you will hate it. Text lacks in sharpness and nothing can fix it. :( I am rating this monitor with a two because I am sick and tired of Samsung’s policy to produce monitors at different factories with vastly different quality. This is true for many Samsung monitors. Check out reviews for several monitors and you will see what I am talking about.

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