Samsung’s entry into the Windows 8 touch-screen monitor arena, the S24C770T ($649.99 list), is a sharp looking 24-inch model that uses MVA (multi-domain vertical alignment) panel technology to produce bold, accurate colors and a highly detailed picture. Its 10-point capacitive touch screen and sliding stand make it a good fit for Windows 8 users, as does its bezel-free design. At $600 the S24C770T is expensive, but so is every other touch-screen monitor hitting the market. Still, we expect more I/O variety for a monitor in this price range.
Design and Features
With its bezel-free design and unique stand the S24C770T will brighten up any room. The 24-inch 1,920-by-1,080 panel sits in a cabinet that is done up in a brushed black finish with glossy black sides. It measures a little less than one inch thick at its top and widens to around two inches near the bottom, where two decent sounding side-firing speakers are embedded. As with the Acer T232HL, the S24C770T’s glass is shiny and somewhat reflective.
A Samsung logo is embedded in the thin bottom bezel and there are four buttons off to the right that control power, input selection, speaker volume, and the OSD menu. The cabinet is supported by a unique sliding stand that gives you a 60-degree tilt range so you can position the panel for a comfortable touch experience regardless of whether you’re sitting or standing. This model lacks VESA mounting holes.
On the back of the stand, facing outward, are two HDMI ports, one upstream mini-USB port, and a headphone jack, a stingy selection given the S24C770T’s lofty price. By comparison, the Dell P2314T has HDMI with support for MHL (Mobile High-definition Link), DisplayPort and VGA video inputs, as well as multiple downstream USB ports. The Acer T232HL offers a USB 3.0 hub and three video inputs (HDMI, VGA, DVI). Both are significantly more affordable than S24C770T, too.
Pressing any function button launches on-screen labels for each button (main menu, volume control, input select, power). The main menu offers brightness, HDMI back level (dark or normal), screen size, PC or AV mode, and an on/off timer. You can’t adjust contrast and color or choose picture presets here, however. To do that you have to use the included MagicTune Touch software, a handy utility that allows you to make adjustments using a keyboard, mouse, or touch screen. In addition to brightness, sharpness, and contrast controls MagicTune has Eco power saving settings, a touch calibration tool, and Samsung’s MagicBright picture presets (standard, cinema, game, dynamic contrast, custom).
Samsung covers the S24C770T with a three-year warranty. Included in the box are HDMI and USB cables, a resource CD, a cleaning cloth, and a quick setup guide.
The S24C770T delivers fairly accurate colors out of the box. As shown on the CIE chromaticity chart below, reds (represented by the red dot) are almost exactly aligned with their ideal CIE coordinates (represented by the box), while greens and blues are only slightly off but well within an acceptable range that doesn’t tint or over-saturate the picture.
Grayscale performance was impressive. The S24C770T was able to display all shades of gray from the DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test and the MVA panel’s native 3000:1 contrast ratio provided excellent highlight and shadow detail.
The 10-point capacitive touch screen performed beautifully. Swiping, pinching, zooming, and other Windows 8 gestures were instantaneous and accurate. Typing on Windows 8′s on-screen keyboard was a pleasure and easy on the wrists with the screen tilted all the way back.
Energy efficiency was good but you’ll need to enable the Eco mode to really cut power consumption. The S24C770T used 31 watts of power in standard mode, but with Eco mode set to 75% power usage dropped to 24 watts. Setting Eco mode to 50% cut power usage to only 16 watts, but the picture was very dim. The Dell P2314T used 16 watts, and the Acer T232HL used 26 watts.
Solid performance and pleasing aesthetics make the Samsung S24C770T a good choice for users looking to maximize their Windows 8 experience. It delivers vibrant colors and provides smooth, accurate touch commands, and its sliding stand lets you adjust the panel for comfortable touch control. However, a wider variety of video inputs would be welcome. If you require more than just one type of video input and want to save a few bucks, check out our current Editors’ Choice for mid-sized touch-screen monitors, the Dell P2314T.
|Native Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Supported Video Formats||1080p|
|Diagonal Screen Size||24 inches|
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