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Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £287
inc VAT


26in screen size, 1,920×1,200 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

Samsung’s 2693HM has touch-sensitive menu buttons, which are extremely annoying to use: you can’t feel for them in the dark, they don’t light up and the icons are barely visible.

Even in broad daylight, you’ll need to watch where you poke your fingers while navigating the menus.

It’s a relief to note that you won’t have to use these buttons often, as the 2693HM needs little tweaking. Samsung provides a number of features to improve the image beyond the standard colour temperature, brightness and contrast controls. There are a selection of modes for contrast, including low-lighting modes for text and web pages, brighter modes for games, sports and movies, and a dynamic mode. For colour, the selection includes a Live Color mode that makes colours much more vibrant at the expense of over-saturation. This is great for games and some movies, but for more natural colours there are other options.

The most useful feature is the ability to assign one of the touch-sensitive buttons as a toggle for these options. As long as you can locate that one button, you won’t have to delve into the menu system to switch between gaming and work setups, for example.

With a full set of computer inputs, including HDMI, and a flexible stand that includes vertical positioning and a portrait mode, the 2693HM will feel at home in the office, the living room or anywhere else you need a large, bright display. The base has a built-in carousel for easy swivelling, and the screen can be tilted downwards for positioning above eye level.

The HannsG HG281DP is larger and its price lower, but the 2693HM has more flexibility, better styling and more picture quality options to suit different tasks. Only NEC’s EA261WM has better picture quality at this resolution, but you have to pay dearly for that. The 2693HM is a worthy Best Buy award winner.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****


Viewable size 26 in
Native resolution 1,920×1,200
Contrast ratio 1,000:1 (3,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness 400cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle 160°
Response time 5ms
Response time type black-to-black
Screen depth 87mm
Base (WxD) 249x249mm
Screen elevation 78-184mm


Portrait mode yes
Wall mount option yes
Height adjustable yes
Internal speakers yes (2W stereo)
Detachable cables yes
USB hub none
Integrated power supply yes
Kensington lock lug yes
Display extras none
VGA input yes
DVI input yes
S-video input no
Component input no
Composite input no
Audio inputs 3.5mm line in, 3.5mm microphone jack


Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 92W

Buying Information

Price £287
Warranty three years collect and return

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