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Samsung S24A450bw LCD Monitor Review: Moderate Price, Flexible Design

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder SyncMaster S24A450BW 24-Inch LED LCD Monitor

    PCWorld Rating

    Though it has only basic connections, this 24-inch Samsung display is an appealing option that earned Very Good scores across the board.

Samsung S24A450bw 24-inch widescreen LCD monitor
The Samsung S24A450bw is a great bargain, if you can do without a few features. Despite its moderate price of $300, it landed near the top of the heap in the screen-quality tests we conducted for our latest roundup of 23- and 24-inch monitors.

Our jury ranked this 24-inch monitor the second-best in the group overall, awarding it Very Good ratings across the board. Though the S24A450bw’s viewing-angle and motion test results weren’t quite as stellar as those of the HP ZR2440w, they were certainly more than acceptable.

The S24A450bw has a flexible design that allows you to raise, lower, tilt, swivel, and pivot the screen. It’s also quite thin: With an external power supply and an LED backlight, the display measures only about three-quarters of an inch thick.

This monitor is missing some high-end features, however. Since it provides only DVI and VGA inputs (and comes with just the analog cable in the box), you’re out of luck if you want to connect your monitor to a device that employs DisplayPort or HDMI. And whereas several other displays in our roundup include four-port USB hubs, this Samsung model doesn’t.

Still, if you can make do with the fairly basic connections, and you don’t need to attach a lot of devices to your monitor, the Samsung S24A450bw is an outstanding buy.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Though it has only basic connections, this 24-inch Samsung display is an appealing option that earned Very Good scores across the board.

    Pros

    • Ergonomically flexible design
    • Very good on-screen performance

    Cons

    • Light on extra features
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