14 design monitors review: a beauty contest for screens

14 24 and 27 inch full hd screens with a design touch

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Samsung C24F390, C27F396, C27F591

The three models by Samsung give a good impression of what the Korean manufacturer is capable of these days. The C24F390, C27F396 and the C27F591 all have one thing in common, they are Samsung’s own curved VA panels. The cheapest one is available for 140 pounds / 170 euros and is 24” in diagonal. It stands on a relatively boring, but not at all ugly round foot.

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Samsung C24F390

The two 27” models have different stands where the F396 has a wide V shaped foot and the F591 a round white and silver variant of the foot of the F390.

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Samsung C27F396

All three have Freesync as a feature, but the F390 and F396 have a range of frequency of 48-60 Hz which has very little use in real life. The C27F591 which costs 240 pounds / 300 euros has a range up to 72 Hz which also does not have much additional value. It is also the only one of the three which has a DisplayPort input along with hdmi and vga. The most luxurious model is also the only one with an audio jack and built-in speakers.

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Samsung C27F591

We already had our doubts about the Freesync feature and the response times further prove that if you want to play games on this screen too, you are better off buying one from the gaming series. Only with excessive overdrive (read: artefacts) is the speed sufficient for smooth gameplay.

Luckily, the test results are not bad at all. We are happy to inform that the contrast is quite exceptional, and the minimum brightness is impressive. The viewing angles on the two cheaper models are really good (which is not the feature VA is most known for), but for some reason on the more expensive screen they are not quite as good. Instead it has the best sRGB coverage of the whole test selection. All three have a colour and grey deviation of below 3 while none of the screens quite reach 6500 K in temperature. The uniformity on the larger two is very good, while the smaller one’s is acceptable. Nevertheless, the C24F390 remains a very desirable screen which has almost no weaknesses. With a bit of research, you can find one for under 130 pounds / 150 euros. It is economical and has one of the best results for colour fidelity in the test.

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Samsung C24F390 (achterzijde)

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