Samsung SyncMaster S23A300B
MRP: Rs 11,000
Street price: Rs 10,800
Large screen monitors have never been as affordable as they are today, and the prices are dipping lower. LCD monitors with LED backlighting are quickly replacing the ones with CCFL lighting, because they are supposed to be more energy-efficient and are brighter. Samsung's SA300 series of Full HD TN panel based monitors come in 23", 24" and 27" screen sizes. We have reviewed the SyncMaster S23A300B, which is the 23" version.
Samsung SyncMaster SA300
D-sub to D-sub cable
CD with manual and drivers
As is usually the case, the stand has been provided separately and needs to be attached before you can start using the monitor. Attachment to the monitor is by means of a single thumb screw and is easy. There is an external power adapter, which is inconvenient. A D-sub cable has been provided, we would have preferred a DVI cable because most video cards support this newer digital standard.
Design And Features
The S23A300B is a handsome monitor with an all-black body. The bezel is of a thickness less than a centimetre and a half, and makes the screen appear larger and aesthetically pleasing. The bezel and the stand have a piano-black finish prone to gathering fingerprints and dust impressions. Although we were a bit sceptical about the durability of the stylish curved stand, it is quite sturdy as is the rest of the monitor. The stand allows only tilt adjustment up to 20 degrees backward. There are four rubber feet below the oval stand base to keep the monitor grounded in one place. However, since it is quite light, the monitor may shift position if the table is moved or if you have subwoofers with powerful bass, placed on or under the monitor.
To appreciate how flat this monitor really is, you have to look at it sideways. The space saving is evident and the space occupied by the stand base is not too much to worry about either.
The back of the monitor has a wood-like wavy pattern. A plain matte finish could have been better as this one is surely going to gather dust and cobwebs if not cleaned regularly. A Kensington slot is present on one side.
The ports are located at the back, just above where the stand's hinge connects to the monitor. This monitor comes with only D-sub and DVI ports. Samsung has not included the increasingly popular HDMI port. There are no speakers or USB hub on this monitor either, thereby restricting its use strictly to a display device.