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Samsung 23.5-inch Full HD Curved Gaming Monitor (LC24RG50FQEXXP)

Samsung 23.5-inch Full HD Curved Gaming Monitor (LC24RG50FQEXXP)
Samsung 23.5-inch Full HD Curved Gaming Monitor (LC24RG50FQEXXP)
23.5" Vertical Alignment (VA) Panel / 2 x HDMI 1.4 | 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 / 1920 x 1080 Resolution / 3000:1 Contrast Ratio

Price:  13,775  

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Samsung C24RG50 curved 144Hz Full HD VA model

For users interested in strong all-round performance without breaking the bank, models like the AOC C24G1 and Samsung C24FG70/73 can be rather appealing. The Samsung C24RG50 (or LC24RG50 of the CRG5 series, with various additional regional suffixes) offers an alternative. The styling adopted is similar at first glance to the CFG73 series, with a Y-shaped. The bezels are single stage matte black plastic (i.e. cover the panel border almost entirely), whilst the OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick (JOG button) at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front. The stand is tilt-only and somewhat shallower (less of a desk depth hog) than on the older models.

A curved front

The monitor uses a 23.5” Samsung SVA (‘Super’ Vertical Alignment) panel with a 1800R curve. This is similar to the older Samsung models, but not quite as steep as the curve on the AOC variant. It is enough to give only a very mild effect, drawing you into the experience a little more but not really changing the overall viewing experience very much. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, whilst the monitor sports a static contrast of 3000:1 and 178°/178° viewing angles. 8-bit colour is supported, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight is used. This offers ~sRGB colour space coverage like the AOC model, rather than the extension beyond this offered by the CFG70/73’s Quantum Dot solution. A 144Hz refresh rate is offered, with support for Adaptive-Sync and hence AMD FreeSync (48 – 144Hz via DP or HDMI). The monitor also includes a ‘Low Input Lag’ mode to minimise latency and a ‘Refresh Rate Optimizor’ that is designed to allow selection of the refresh rate on the monitor itself. In our experience this is often unreliable, however.

A ‘Black Equalizer’ feature is also available which is designed to enhance dark shade visibility for a competitive edge and there are some Low Blue Light (‘LBL’) settings including ‘Eye Saver Mode’ to aid relaxing viewing. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, which should as usual be approached with caution. There is no mention of an MPRT response time or a strobe backlight function of any sort, so it’s best to assume this monitor doesn’t have such a feature. As noted earlier, the stand is tilt-only. It attaches to the screen towards the bottom, at the rear. There is no provision for VESA mounting, unfortunately. The ports are down-firing and include; DP 1.2a, 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and DC power input (external ‘power brick’).

A bare back

Technical Specifications

Size : 23.5-inch Full HD
Screen Area : 20.52 x 11.55" / 521.3 x 293.3 mm
Panel Type : VA LCD
Curvature : 1800R
Touchscreen : No
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Pixels Per Inch (ppi) : 93 ppi
Maximum Brightness : 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio : 3000:1
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
Adaptive Sync Technology: FreeSync
Bit Depth / Color Support: 8-Bit (16.7 Million Colors)
HDR Compatibility : None
Color Gamut : 72% NTSC
Response Time : 4 ms (GtG)
Viewing Angle : Horizontal: 178°
Vertical: 178°

Inputs / Outputs
Connectivity : 2 x HDMI 1.4
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x 3.5 mm Output
Built-In Speakers : None

Power Consumption : 35 W (Maximum)
0.5 W (Eco)
0.3 W (Standby)
AC Input Power : 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Adapter Type : External

Operating Temperature : 50 to 104°F / 10 to 40°C
Operating Humidity : 10 to 80%

Dimensions (W x H x D) : 21.6 x 16.9 x 9.6" / 547.8 x 430.5 x 242.6 mm (With Stand)
21.6 x 12.8 x 3.6" / 547.8 x 326.3 x 90.7 mm (Without Stand)
Weight : 7.28 lb / 3.3 kg (With Stand)
6.17 lb / 2.8 kg (Without Stand)