Date: January 16th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES (From Samsung)
A monitor that mirrors art? SAMSUNG designed the T240 with gracefully sculpted edges and a bezel with a soft hint of rich red. It also delivers impressive features like a 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for sharper images and 5 ms response time which eliminates blurring. The SAMSUNG T240 is more than just a monitor, it's high-style combined with impressive technology.
So what do you get for US$350?
First out is the user's manual, cleaning cloth and warranty paperwork. Make sure you register this product to take advantage of your warranty. But as I have witnessed with all Samsung monitors, you won't be using the warranty much. Dependable is a word a closely relate to Samsung's flat panels since I started testing them over 6 years ago.
The hardware accessory pack is just as complete with all cables being included. Nice to see that Samsung didn't skimp out on the USB cable in order to use the integrated USB hub. Regardless of your connection capability, they have you covered.
The monitor stand comes unattached to keep the overall packaging profile smaller and easier to handle. All that is needed it to screw the vertical stand portion into the base, then slip it into the back of the monitor. Takes maybe a minute to fully assemble.
And at last your have unpacked your rather large monitor. As you can see initially in this shot, the T240 has Samsung's "Touch of Color" (ToC) type design that is utilized in the production of their higher end flat panel TVs. But when it comes down to their monitors, it is called their "Crystal Design". Regardless, it is quite beautiful and is very understated unless the light hits it a certain way. No one wants a glaring crimson ring around their monitor distracting them and samsung has made sure this was not the case.
Moving on, my first impression after putting the monitor together was that this is an attractive, light and extremely well built. Overall a great first impression, but how does it perform in real life once powered up?