Features and Specifications
As always, we'll start with a disclaimer: Those who are unfamiliar with display technology may wish to consult our short glossary of terms that we use in our display reviews before continuing. Specifications are prone for abuse, though, so just because one display rates higher in terms of contrast ratio or brightness doesn't mean it's actually a better display. (You'll get a prime example of this in a moment.) As usual, we will do our best to separate the reality from the hype in our reviews.
|Samsung 245T Specifications|
|Video Inputs||Analog (VGA)
DVI with HDCP support
|Panel Type||S-PVA (Samsung SAM02F5)|
|Colors||16.7 million (8-bit)|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 Static
|Response Time||6ms GTG|
|Viewable Size||24" diagonal|
|Viewing Angle||178 vertical/horizontal|
|Power Consumption||<130W max stated
92W max measured
|Screen Treatment||Matte (non-glossy)|
|Height-Adjustable||Yes - 3.75 inches|
|Tilt||Yes - 25 degrees back/5 degrees forward|
|VESA Wall Mounting||200mmx100mm|
|Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD)||22.1"x17.1"x9.8"
|Weight w/ Stand||19.4 lbs.|
|Additional Features||(4) USB 2.0 - left
(USB connection to PC required)
|Audio||Audio out connection (for HDMI)|
|Limited Warranty||3 year parts and labor (original owner only)|
Online starting at ~$635
Like many of the latest high-end LCDs, the 245T comes with a backlight that offers an improved color gamut. Whether your eye can actually see the difference is a bit more difficult to say; even with an older 24" LCD sitting next to the 245T, it would be difficult for us to say that one of them looks clearly better/worse than the other. The backlight is also not quite as bright as other models on the market that are capable of 400 or even 500 nits, but we almost never run our LCDs at that brightness level; 200-250 nits is where we prefer to set are LCDs.
In the features department, the Samsung 245T compares favorably with the best 24" LCDs on the market. You get the typical four USB ports as well as a variety of video input options. How useful stuff like S-Video and composite input are varies by individual; we generally don't use either connection anymore. The VGA, DVI, HDMI, and component connections are more important, and you get one port for each. Whether or not the second digital port needed to be HDMI is another topic for debate; it's unlikely you would actually use the audio pass-through capabilities, in which case a second DVI port would have sufficed -- especially since the audio output jack only provides stereo audio. Since you can still use a DVI to HDMI cable, however, this isn't a major concern, and we're happy to have two digital connections.
Samsung provides a three-year manufacturer warranty on the 245T (in the US), which is much better than you get with most other brands. Technical support is available online or through the telephone, though telephone operating hours are not 24/7. You need to call during regular business hours, which is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F (Pacific Time). We were unable to get any specific answer as to pixel defect policies, though it sounds like if we made enough noise they would repair/replace the monitor even if there was only a single dead pixel. Since we did not experience any actual problems with our LCD (dead pixels or otherwise), we'll leave it at that. Note that the warranty only applies for the original purchaser; it is nontransferable.