Samsung S24E510C and S32E590C
We recently bought you news of a number of new curved models added to Samsung’s 2015 line-up, including the 27” S27E510C and 29″ S29E790C. Expanding their range of curved VA (Vertical Alignment) models even further, we bring you news of the S24E510C (LS24E510CS) and S32E590C (LS32E590CS). Both models offer similar styling to existing models in Samsung’s range with quite slender bezels and prominent T-shaped stand bases. Adjustability is limited to a simple tilt of the screen. Both models also feature a ‘JOG button’ (joystick) at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side when viewed from the front. This allows the menu system of the monitor to be controlled in a simple and intuitive way.
Both monitors feature 60Hz VA panels with a gentle curve, designed to slightly enhance the depth of the image and help promote a comfortable and natural-looking viewing experience. The S24 model has a 23.5” screen whereas the S32 model has a 31.5” screen. We expect both models to feature a relatively light matte screen surface, not overly grainy or ‘vibrancy-sapping’. One factor that may put some users off the larger model in particular is the 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution, which some users will find a bit limiting on such a large screen. The S24 has a typical maximum luminance of 250 cd/m² and the S32 of 350 cd/m², with both models featuring flicker-free (DC rather than PWM regulated) WLED backlights. 8-bit colour is supported, but whether that is ‘true 8-bit’ or ‘6-bit + FRC dithering’ is currently unknown. A key strength of this panel type is of course contrast, with a 3000:1 and 5000:1 static contrast ratio specified for the smaller and larger model, respectively. 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified as is a 4ms grey to grey response time. Given the panel type, both values must be treated with a degree of scepticism, however.
Additional features include the ‘Game Mode’, which increases saturation and alters gamma behaviour to increase visibility in dark regions and ‘Eye Saver Mode’ Low Blue Light settings. We’re not fans of the unnatural appearance that the former gives the image, but certainly appreciate having an easily toggled ‘Low Blue Light’ mode for relaxing evening viewing. Ports on the S24 are limited to the bare essentials – VGA, HDMI and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The S32 has 1 DisplayPort input, 2 HDMI ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and integrated 5W stereo speakers. VESA holes feature on both models if you prefer to use a more flexible stand or mounting solution. On the smaller screen these are 100 x 100mm and on the larger screen 200 x 200mm.
Further information on the S24E510C and S32E590C can be found on various regional Samsung websites (links are in German). The smaller model will retail for ~£200 and the larger model for ~£449 inc. VAT initially, from May. We will consider reviewing these models if there is sufficient demand, with particular personal interest in the smaller model due to tighter pixel pitch, price and the continued popularity of ~24” VA screens.