Samsung S24C650PL full review

Samsung S24C650PL review

It's a matter of taste, but we often find that desktop monitors bearing the business label are the more classicaly attractive of any display. Samsung's 24-inch take from its Series 6 – otherwise known as the S24C650PL – is no exception, a simple widescreen frame with thin matt-black bezel and unfussy supporting column. See all display reviews.

Such office orientated monitors are also typically provided with a stand that actually allows height adjustment – an essential feature for every monitor if you're to avoid neckstrain or other aches. And so the Samsung S24C650PL has a fully adjustable stand, also allowing for 90 degrees of rotation to put the screen into portrait mode – popular with gamers who may set up a three-way triptych to extend the PC desktop space. That's certainly helped here by the 9mm-thin bezel. At fullest extent, you can raise the landscaped monitor to up to 490mm, from desk to top of screen. Take a look at Group test: what's the best display?

Like most ‘business' monitors, this Samsung takes a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. That's nothing to do with business of course, unless your trade is in video production. Sadly the consumerisation of professional hardware means it's very difficult to find 16:10 panels today, let alone the 4:3 frame that suits office documents so well.

This monitor takes advantage of IPS-like technology to ensure good colour accuracy and wide viewing angles. In this case, it's plane to line switching, or PLS, that gives a similar effect to in-plane switching, at a lower price.

In our tests it was capable of 99 percent of the sRGB gamut, and a high 82 percent figure for the more demanding AdobeRGB range too. Despite the rich colours found on IPS panels, real-world contrast ratio figures aren't always the most impressive, but the Samsung here managed a good 760:1 in our checkerboard test. Colour uniformity across the panel was consistent, while overall Delta E averaged to just 1.70, suggesting precise colours.

Connection options run to one DisplayPort, one HDMI, one VGA, and a two-port USB 2.0 hub, albeit passive only which should be enough to feed a wired keyboard and mouse on your desk.

Sound quality through the built-in speakers is of the alert-sound-only variety, thin and caustic sounding, but enough for the most basic of audio monitoring.

We found the on-screen menus relatively easy to use, with the help of real click buttons on the monitor itself. Options here include response-time adjustment from Standard to Fast and Faster. RGB adjustments are present as well as five Color Tone settings, namely Cool 1/2, Normal, Warm 1/2, plus a Custom setting. These were found to dial in blue to yellow casts, although the Custom option didn't actually lead us to any more adjustments.