IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more
Reviews

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

See full specifications

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.

Featured Resources

2023 Strategic roadmap for data security platform convergence

Capitalise on your data and share it securely using consolidated platforms

Free Download

The 3D trends report

Presenting one of the most exciting frontiers in visual culture

Free Download

The Total Economic Impact™ of IBM Cloud Pak® for Watson AIOps with Instana

Cost savings and business benefits

Free Download

Leverage automated APM to accelerate CI/CD and boost application performance

Constant change to meet fast-evolving application functionality

Free Download

Recommended

Best business smartphones 2022: The top handsets from Apple, Samsung, Google and more
Mobile

Best business smartphones 2022: The top handsets from Apple, Samsung, Google and more

11 Nov 2022
Samsung reveals plans for $15bn chip research center to break semiconductor scaling barriers
components

Samsung reveals plans for $15bn chip research center to break semiconductor scaling barriers

19 Aug 2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hands-on review: A welcome (if minor) update
Mobile Phones

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hands-on review: A welcome (if minor) update

10 Aug 2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 hands-on review: A productivity powerhouse
Mobile Phones

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 hands-on review: A productivity powerhouse

10 Aug 2022

Most Popular

Warning issued over ransomware attacks targeting VMware ESXi servers globally
cyber attacks

Warning issued over ransomware attacks targeting VMware ESXi servers globally

6 Feb 2023
ION Trading reportedly pays LockBit ransom demands
ransomware

ION Trading reportedly pays LockBit ransom demands

6 Feb 2023
BT Group extends Kyndryl deal to migrate legacy mainframe apps to the cloud
Business strategy

BT Group extends Kyndryl deal to migrate legacy mainframe apps to the cloud

31 Jan 2023