The SyncMaster XL20 stirred the monitor market up as Samsung became the first company to introduce a model with LED-based backlight and extended color gamut at an affordable price. Before the release, the XL20 was rumored to cost about $2000 whereas the other LED-based monitor, the NEC SpectraView Reference 2180WG-LED, cost three times as much. Moreover, the XL20 has got cheaper since the announcement and can now be got for less than $1000 here, in Moscow. The mentioned NEC is still far more expensive.
The SyncMaster XL20 used to sell alone for quite a while as Samsung did not offer any other model with LED backlight. But keeping ahead of its competitors, the company has now introduced a 24-inch XL24 and a 30-inch XL30. The retail prices of these models won’t be as affordable as that of the XL20, yet they do not seem outrageous considering the larger screen and the lack of competition.
But can it be that the low prices are the result of some simplifications that may affect the declared advantages of these monitors? And what do you get from the extended color gamut anyway? Is it worth the difference in price from the cheaper monitors that use fluorescent lamps as the backlight?
We can answer these questions today as we’ve got Samsung’s SyncMaster XL24 and XL30 here, in our test lab.