A Closer Look at the FX2490HD
A Closer Look at the FX2490HD
There is no getting around the fact that the FX2490HD sports a drop dead gorgeous design which is perfectly suited to literally any environment. Even though Samsung has removed their “Touch of Colour” from most of their HDTVs, it seems it is still alive and well with this monitor. The combination of a deep and rich glossy maroon tone underlay covered with clear Lucite on the front is very, very striking to look at; and really does add a hint of class to what would otherwise be a boring device.
What is also equally striking is the fact that this panel is only 36.5mm thick even though it packs a laundry list of connectors and processing power into its svelte frame.
It seems Samsung has taken a strong “form over function” approach to this hybrid panel since it boasts a complete lack of physical buttons. In the place of buttons to control the OSD, Samsung has continued to use their proximity based sensor touch pads. Basically, when a finger is placed where the button would be, it reflects back an infrared beam to a hidden sensor and registers it as a command.
Sadly, there is absolutely no tactile feedback, the labels themselves are small, closely grouped and lack contrast to the rest of the panel. This naturally leads to a seriously lesson in frustration as you flail around while trying in vain to make the necessary adjustments. You will hit the wrong button and you will do it often. This is nothing new for Samsung panels as it was introduced a while back.
Luckily, Samsung actually includes a well-heeled, multi function remote with the FX2490HD. It is basically a direct clone of the one included with most of their new HDTVs.
The list of input and output connectors Samsung has included is impressive to say the least. There is an antenna in, component in, VGA input, dual HDMI connectors and audio inputs as well as a USB 2.0 port. Their L shape layout also works extremely well by cutting down on the input panel’s overall bulk while grouping the connectors together in a logical fashion.
Unfortunately, the panel which is supposed to cover these inputs is less than ideal since it will plainly refuse to install if the HDMI cable used has a ferrite choke.
The other issue we have here is the Cylon-like stand Samsung has opted for. Basically, this is a miniature version of the one Samsung uses on their LED HDTV’s (such as the UN55C6500 we reviewed not that long ago). From an ascetic point of view you are going to either like it or hate it.
On the one hand, this chromed stand does make for a very stable design which will allow the FX2490HD take a bump without it falling over, but it is not height adjustable. This is perfectly acceptable in a HDTV, but is extremely annoying if it will be used as a PC monitor. On the plus side, the stand does allow the FX2490HD to swivel side to side and allows it to tilt up to 10 degrees.
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