The purpose of the Color Innovation hasn’t become any clearer, but it doesn’t regulate the monitor’s color gamut, that’s sure. This must be just another “image-enhancing” feature that has come to replace MagicColor technology that used to perform the same function – to transform natural colors into pretty-looking colors. If you need accurate colors, you should better leave this setting at the Custom position.
The monitor offers seven color temperature modes, plus a user-defined mode. Each mode is set up quite accurately. The dark-gray is the only color that deflects much from the name of the corresponding mode, but the human eye doesn’t discern the temperature of dark halftones well, anyway. I guess most users will prefer the Warm1 and Normal modes out of the available ones.
The response time average is 6.2 milliseconds with a maximum of about 16 milliseconds. That’s an excellent result for a VA matrix.
Alas, the level of RTC errors is rather high, 13.2% on average. The errors are not very conspicuous at work, but may become irritating in games.
I wrote above that it’s preferable to achieve the necessary brightness of the screen on the 245T using the brightness rather than contrast setting. That’s why I tested the monitor two times at a white level of 100nits. In one case I achieved that number by reducing both brightness and contrast settings proportionally, and in the other case I achieved the same mostly with the brightness setting. As you can see, the latter variant provides a rather good contrast ratio. In the modes with a high brightness the contrast ratio is lower.
Like with the SyncMaster 244T I performed a check of the MagicBright feature that allows switching between several presets with a single button.
Only brightness and contrast settings changed in the 244T. Here, the MagicBright modes differ in the color temperature setting as well. The 245T also offers more MagicBright modes, five as compared with the 244T’s three, not including the Custom mode in which the ordinary brightness, contrast and color temperature settings are available for adjustment.
Measuring the real screen brightness I learned that its adjustment range grew considerably in the 245T as compared with the 244T. The Text mode now provides a less than 70nit white, which should be just what you need for processing text under mild home lighting. At the office, where the ambient lighting is generally more intensive, the Internet mode is going to be just fine. There has appeared a special mode for games with a brightness of about 150 nits – I talked about the lack of such a mode in the 244T model as of a drawback. The Sports and Movie modes do not differ much in the brightness of the screen, but differ in the color temperature. The former is cold and the latter is warm.
Of course, there is also the user-defined Custom mode whose settings are kept intact when you are switching between the MagicBright modes.
Thus, the Samsung SyncMaster 245T looks not only a worthy replacement to the 244T model, but just a worthy representative of the whole class of 24” LCD monitors. It has a neat exterior design, a good setup, a rich selection of video inputs, a fast matrix, and excellent ergonomics. The latter thing includes not only the adjustments offered by the stand, but also the ease of accessing various settings – the manufacturer didn’t save on the control buttons. The SyncMaster 245T differs from most opponents with its extended color gamut and MPA technology that is meant to minimize the blurring effect. Its practical worth is a matter of personal taste, though.
On the downside is the necessity of a small correction of color reproduction using the monitor’s own settings. Its RTC mechanism is accompanied with a rather high level of errors, and the contrast setting has a narrow adjustment range. The latter is not a serious drawback, though, as the preset MagicBright modes meet the needs of a majority of users. The 245T always scales the image up to full screen, but among its competitors I can name only Dell 2407WFP, with its 1:1 interpolation mode, that can disable such scaling.
Overall, the SyncMaster 245T is a very interesting option for people who are choosing a high-quality home monitor with a large screen diagonal.