Samsung S24F350FH and S27F350FH Full HD PLS models
When it comes to attractive all-round performance and price, the Samsung SE390 models are often amongst our go-to recommendations. The rather adventurous styling isn’t to everyone’s taste, though, and the lack of VESA holes also frustrates some users who were wanting some more ergonomic flexibility from their monitor. The Samsung S24F350FH and S27F350FH (also referred to as the S24F350F and S27F350F with various additional regional suffixes) of the SF350 series are set to address these shortcomings. As you can see from the image below, the slender bezels are maintained but things are generally far more conventional-looking. The bezels and stand base are glossy black plastic, without any accented Perspex additions or anything particularly unconventional. A joystick (JOG button) is again found around the back of the monitor, towards the right side when viewed from the front. This allows intuitive navigation through the OSD (On Screen Display).
The panels used are 23.6” (S24) and 27” (S27) AD-PLS (Advanced Plane to Line Switching) with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync features, allowing AMD’s FreeSync via HDMI variable refresh rate technology to be used by compatible GPUs – the variable refresh rate range is 48 – 72Hz. These panels sport relatively light matte screen surfaces, preserving clarity and vibrancy better than some matte anti-glare surfaces. 1000:1 static contrast and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified, with the panel type known for strong colour consistency. The usual 6-bit + FRC dithering is used alongside a flicker-free WLED backlight yielding ~sRGB colour space coverage. The 23.6” model uses DC rather than PWM dimming at all brightness levels, whereas the 27” model uses a hybrid dimming solution. This uses DC dimming (i.e. is flicker-free) at brightness levels of ‘30’ or above in the OSD, whereas PWM is used at brightness levels below this.
Other features and specifications of note include a 4ms grey to grey response time (take with a pinch of salt), a 250 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and the presence of ‘Game Mode’ and ‘Eye Saver Mode’. Assuming it hasn’t changed since we last used it, the former oversaturates and over-sharpens the image, giving a very artificial look that isn’t really very appealing to those who value accurate colour reproduction. The latter is a Low Blue Light setting which cuts down the blue colour channel significantly and also massively limits contrast, to try to maximise viewing comfort especially during the evenings. The ports are pretty much as limited as can be and include; HDMI 1.4a (with Adaptive-Sync), VGA and a DC power input (external power brick). For users who wish to connect both a games console and PC to the monitor simultaneously, an HDMI switch will be something to consider. The ports are found just above the JOG button. The area at the rear, just below centre (where the ports are usually located, more or less) now features 75 x 75mm VESA holes. So if you don’t like the limited ergonomic flexibility of the tilt-only stand, you can attach the monitor to an alternative stand or mount.
Further information on the 23.6” and 27” models can be found on certain regional Samsung websites (links in French). The monitors are now available in various rewgions including the UK, for ~£130 (S24) and ~£180 (S27).