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I picked up this 24" monitor earlier this year to replace an aging 19" Samsung LCD. I did a fair amount of searching about various online retailers, and possible models before I decided on this one. In general I like Samsung monitors. For their price, they are always excellent quality, and preform well. I picked up one from Amazon for aprox £180, but the price can fluctuate quite a bit. I saw the same monitor a few weeks after I got one, for £259, so shop about.
* Basic Spec *
The S24A350H is an LED backlit monitor, with a 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution. A Contrast Ratio of 1000:1, and a response time of 2ms. It has 2 x HDMI & 1 x VGA connections, there is no DVI port, so beware if you have an older graphics card with no HDMI. There is no digital TV tuner.
* Aesthetics and Design *
The looks of a monitor may not be that important to everyone, but since this was for a PC in my living room, I wanted something decent looking. Thankfully, the looks of this model are quite attractive, it has a sleek, curvy organic style. It features the rose black colour scheme that many Samsung models sport these days. This means the main bezel is gloss black, with a hint of dark red around the edge. The bottom of the monitor is then finished with a clear plastic edge. Its main dimensions are 69 x 43 x 12 cm.
The base is solid and fairly heavy, and overall it weights 3.9kg. One point of note for this model regarding the base is that there is no height adjustment, only a limited degree of tilt. Thankfully for me, that was ok, as my PC desk has a raised platform for the monitor, otherwise, it may need propped up, depending on your prefered viewing height.
A slight gripe of mine about the physical side of this monitor is the touch control buttons. Call me old fashioned, but I just think physical buttons work better. First of all, its hard to see the power button, and deceptively, there is a red LED next to the button that always tricks me into thinking that it is the button!.
Also when dusting, its too easy to press a few of them by accident.
I should also note that this model did not come with any connection cables, so you will need to supply your own HDMI etc. Once it is connected, it is very easy to set up, and does not require any extra software to function.
* How does it preform? *
We use this monitor for Microsoft Office use, Gaming, as well as general internet browsing. Im no technical expert, but to me the picture is clear and sharp, and I have never experienced any type of 'ghosting' of the image whilst playing games. Colours are strong, but blacks sometimes appear a bit grey, however given the price, its very good. I have also never found any dead pixels on the screen.
It has a nice wide viewing angle, which makes it handy if it is being used to play a DVD etc, and HDMI 1080p connections give you a great picture quality.
* Worth getting ? *
The S24A350H LED is not a brand new model these days, so you may be able to pick one up for a pretty good price. If you can, then I definitely recommend it. It gives great value for money, with a crisp, clear image, and strong colours.