Samsung has a reputation for making some really nice monitors and TVs and some of which we have reviewed right here at TechReviewSource, and the Samsung SyncMaster T240 hopes to live up to that. It's a 24-inch HDTV that serves as both a computer monitor and high-definition television. This can come in handy for places where you don't want both a TV and computer monitor, such as a bedroom and dorm room. You can use the SyncMaster T240 as just that...a TV and computer monitor all at once.
The design of the Samsung SyncMaster T240 is the same as pretty much all other Samsung monitors. It has a clear plastic overlay with a black bezel about 1.5-inches thick and a black oval stand at the bottom for support. The whole monitor can swivel from side-to-side by way of the swiveling stand and the whole display can tilt a little bit for adjustment. It does not, however, pivot between landscape and portrait mode. All of the control buttons are located on the right side of the display, which is out of view for TV viewing, which we liked, but that also means they are hard to use. To remedy this, Samsung included a TV remote control for which you can access all of the monitor's adjustment features and settings.
The connections on the Samsung SyncMaster T240 are very plentiful. They include two HDMI ports (one on front and one on back), VGA, DVI, cable coaxial, component, optical audio, USB, and a headphone jack. This means that you'll have no trouble hooking up the T240 to whatever computers and video sources you might have. Samsung even includes an HDMI and DVI cable in the box for you. There are built-in Dolby Digital surround sound speakers along the bottom of the display as well. The default resolution is 1920 x 1200 with a 1000:1 contrast ratio. It has a 5ms pixel-response rate (rated by Samsung) and is HDCP compliant. What we really like about this TV/monitor combination is the built-in ATSC/QAM tuner, which means that you can continue to get over-the-air broadcasts after the February 2009 digital transition and you can receive HD Cable broadcasts without a cable box if you're connecting it to your cable TV service. This means you won't have to rent a cable box from your cable TV provider to receive high-definition channels.
Overall, the picture on the TV when using a TV signal is very good with very accurate color and brightness representations. When using a computer video signal, the colors seemed to be a little off and less vibrant, but they were within tolerance and still suitable for use as a computer monitor.
The display also comes with a 3 year warranty that covers parts and labor (including the backlight) and 24/7 toll-free support from Samsung, which is a great value for the money.