Samsung S24C650PL review

It’s billed as a business monitor, but those who arrive at work to find a new Samsung S24C650PL could be forgiven for thinking they’d won the IT department lottery. This smart-looking, 23.6in, 1,920 x 1,080 PLS display not only affords a huge amount of desktop real estate, but also produces a very decent image.

Colour accuracy falls into the “good enough” category. We measured an average Delta E of 5.8, which is unlikely to get many photographers to fish out their credit cards, but sufficient for the odd image-editing job.

Samsung S24C650PL

In the real world, colours on the S24C650 were balanced and free from colour cast under fluorescent office lighting, with a peak brightness of 248cd/m2 and a measured contrast ratio of 1,034:1. The most significant drawback is the anti-glare coating, which gives the screen a slightly grainy finish (although it’s effective at reducing reflections); it takes a little getting used to.

The S24C650PL is outstandingly flexible. It can be adjusted upwards by 13cm, tilted three degrees forwards and 25 degrees backwards, and rotated more than 90° for a portrait view, so it hardly matters how your desk is set up: the S24C650PL will fit. A useful grab handle just below the top edge of the monitor on the rear makes precise adjustment easy.

Samsung S24C650PL

Any self-respecting business monitor should include USB ports, and here the S24C650PL is a mixed bag. Two side-mounted USB 2 ports on the base allow for convenient peripheral swapping, but offering merely a pair of USB ports is hardly pushing the boat out. The lack of further ports on the back of the monitor also means permanently connected devices cause a messy straggle of USB cables across the desk.

The final box ticked is speakers: a pair of weedy but functional 1W outputs mean system sounds have somewhere to go, and an audio-out jack allows you to attach external speakers or headphones without trailing a wire to your PC.

Of course, it’s possible to spend less – significantly less, in some cases – on a 24in monitor. But the S24C650PL’s highly adjustable stand and terrific image quality make it worth the extra £50 versus lesser business panels.


Image quality5

Main specifications

Screen size23.6in
Aspect ratio16:9
Resolution1920 x 1080
Screen brightness250cd/m2
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Speaker typeStereo
Speaker power ouput1W
TV tunerno


DVI inputs0
VGA inputs1
HDMI inputs1
DisplayPort inputs1
Scart inputs0
HDCP supportyes
Upstream USB ports1
USB ports (downstream)2
3.5mm audio input jacks1
Headphone outputyes

Accessories supplied

Internal power supplyyes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption30W

Image adjustments

Brightness control?yes
Contrast control?yes


Forward tilt angle3 degrees
Backward tilt angle25 degrees
Height adjustment130mm
Pivot (portrait) mode?yes


Dimensions555 x 224 x 487mm (WDH)

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