Link to the CF390– http://amzn.to/2jP9LRB
Laptops are powerful enough to serve as the daily driver for most people’s computing needs. However, there’s something comforting about having a sleek desk setup with a large computer monitor at the center. It’s especially convenient being able to see all of your work on a bigger screen that can fit more windows. This is what led me to search for a monitor, while also trying not to empty out my wallet at the same time. After some shopping, I came across the Samsung C24F390 Curved Monitor. This is the 24-inch screen version of the CF390 model, which also comes in 21.5 inches.
- 24-inch Full HD LED Display (1920×1080 resolution)
- 1800R curvature for immersive viewing
- AMD FreeSync
- 4ms Response Time
- 3000:1 Contrast Ratio
- Eye Saver Mode
- Dimensions: 3.44 x 21.56 x 12.84 in
- 250 cd/m² (or, 250 nits)
- 1 HDMI port
- 1 VGA port
This monitor is only a 1080p Full HD resolution display and not a 4K display, which is what makes it so affordable. You can get it for under $200 at most big box retailers. Despite it being only FHD, the image quality is actually pretty great. I’ve connected this monitor to my MacBook Pro for work, and also use it for my Xbox One S. The screen is small enough that you don’t lose much quality through stretched images, but still big enough that you can fit everthing you need onto the screen. Keep in mind that since there is only 1 HDMI slot, so you’ll need some sort of dongle or splitter if you have multiple HDMI cables you want to use. I ended up using this Tendak HDMI to VGA Video Converter instead of using a dongle, and I’ve had no issues.
The CF390 also has a 3000:1 contrast ratio that makes for deeper blacks and brighter whites. It is definitely noticeable when gaming, especially when playing darker levels of video games. To achieve this though, you may need to play around with the display settings until it’s suited perfectly to your preferences.
According to the product description, the AMD FreeSync will minimize any input latency and reduce image stutter and tearing. Since I haven’t noticed any of these issues, I’m assuming the FreeSync is doing its job. Additionally, it has a 4ms response time.
There is also an option for Eye Saver Mode, which will reduce blue light levels and make the colors warmer. I haven’t used it yet since the regular light isn’t really uncomfortable to me, but it’s nice knowing this is an option.
This is a curved monitor, which in theory is supposed to improve your viewing experience because it decreases the distance between your eyes at the sides of the screen–due to the fact that every part of the screen curves toward you. However, at 24 inches, the screen isn’t big enough, nor the screen’s curves pronounced enough, to make any sort of a noticeable difference. The only thing the curve does for it is make it look really cool, which it does. The monitor is very sleek and looks great on my desk setup. It looks more expensive than it actually is. Throw in the black, glossy finish of the body and this is a great looking monitor.
I haven’t had any issues at all with this monitor. Obviously, a Full HD display will never be as good as a 4K display. If resolution is really important to you, then spend the extra on a 4K monitor. Otherwise, this monitor is good enough for your desktop needs. I’ve seen photos of some really cool dual monitor setups on Amazon reviews. Due to the curve of the screen, two of these next to each other would work really well. If you’re a casual gamer, this will do everything you need it to. Also, note that there is no audio from the monitor, so you’ll need to connect it to your own speakers.