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Samsung SyncMaster C24A650X monitor review

The SyncMaster C24A650X is packed full of interesting features, including wireless connectivity and the ability to rotate 90 degrees. It's targeted at business users, but Samsung hopes to win over the retail market too.

When 24in monitors cost as little as 150, it takes something special to justify a slapping 250 price tag on a screen. Samsung aims to provide exactly that with the SyncMaster C24A650X, a business display that does away the need for cables and allows users to wirelessly connect it with PCs and laptops.

Connectivity

The key feature that makes the SyncMaster C24A650X stand out is the ability to wirelessly connect the display to a desktop or laptop.

Key specifications

Size and resolution: 24in, 1920 x 1080Brightness and contrast: 250cd/, 3000:1Ports: 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet, 1x VGA

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Setting up the wireless capability is simple. Samsung supplies a Bluetooth dongle and wireless receiver. To get going, all users have to do is plug the dongle into their PC and the slot the receiver into the bottom of the monitor.

This plug-and-play nature meant that the monitor connected with the PC instantly. There was no noticeable lag when using the display remotely.

The obvious restriction is range. You won't want to stray more than a couple of metres away to ensure that connectivity is maintained, but as due to the size of the monitor, you're not going to be able to We did not experience any drop in connectivity during usage.

This type of connectivity would be desirable in hot desking environments, where employees are usually issued with laptops. However, the need for the proprietary dongle does limit the usage usefulness of this monitor. The C24A650X can be connected with these devices to give a dual-monitor configuration. Users just unplug the dongle when they are done and the next person can use the display.

Samsung 24in 24A650X - multiple monitors

Connecting the device to a laptop and using dual-monitors is easy

Samsung has incorporated seven ports into the rear of the monitor. The right-hand side houses HDMI and VGA connections together with an Ethernet port. On the left there are four USB ports where you can plug in essentials such as a keyboard, mouse and attach peripherals such as memory sticks.

Samsung 24in 24A650X - back

Ports are well spaced, but the back does scratch rather easily

Two of connections are USB 3.0 and contain a Super Charging feature, which the manufacturer claims allows them to recharge devices up to twice as fast as the USB 2.0 ports.

In our tests, we found the USB 3.0 port managed to charge our Samsung Galaxy S up to 50 per cent in 2.5 hours. A traditional USB 2.0 port took over five hours to do the same, showing that this claim has merit. The Super Charging feature also allows the monitor to recharge the Apple iPad 3, which usually has to be plugged into a socket. The power adaptor slots into the top of the device, which keeps cables out of the way and also makes wall-mounting easy.

Users can also plug an Ethernet cable directly into the dedication RJ45 jack on the side of the display. This feature that is primarily designed to keep cables out of the way and is suited to hotdesking situations as it saves users having to plug in a cable into their laptop.

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