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Samsung SyncMaster C23A550U review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £304
inc VAT

A clever idea, but image quality is below average for the price


23in screen size, 1,920×1,080 resolution, DVI: no, VGA: yes, HDMI:

The C23A550U may have a number of useful features, but its image quality is less impressive. It has a bright and even LED backlight but while the matte coating reduces reflections, it robs colours of much of their impact, leaving them flat and dull. The screen’s poor viewing angles don’t help, either.

Samsung SyncMaster C23A550U

Samsung has attempted to make up for this with its Magic settings, which include presets for Movies and Games, but we’d avoid the Sharpness control, which just added graininess to the image. Choosing a Magic preset disables all other controls, so you have to select the Custom option if you want to tweak the image to your preference.

The C23A550U’s USB dock connection may appeal to laptop owners who want to reduce clutter, but for £150 less you could buy the superior ViewSonic VA2448-LED and spend the savings on a dedicated dock.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***


Viewable size 23 in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Contrast ratio 1,000:1 (5,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness 250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle 170°
Vertical viewing angle 160°
Response time 2ms
Screen depth 12mm
Base (WxD) 134x234mm
Screen elevation 43-125mm


Portrait mode no
Wall mount option no
Height adjustable yes
Internal speakers none
Detachable cables yes
USB hub 4-port USB
Integrated power supply no
Kensington lock lug yes
Display extras Ethernet hub, USB monitor
VGA input yes
DVI input no
S-video input no
Component input no
Composite input no
HDCP support yes
Audio inputs none


Power consumption standby 4W
Power consumption on 36W

Buying Information

Price £304
Warranty two years on-site

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