The Samsung S24R650 is an affordable display solution that’s great for all-around use, including work from home applications which are common nowadays. Most people are using specialized models for a specific use such as high-refresh models for gaming, but the current pandemic highlighted robust and high-quality office monitors for personal workstations. The Samsung S24R650 is one of the better-looking options out there, but let’s check out what it offers at its value price point.
Samsung S24R650 Specifications
- Screen Size: 24 Inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 75Hz
- Response Time: 5ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel –Yes
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, VGA x 1, USB 3.0 x 3, USB 2.0 x 3, 3.5mm Jack x 2
- Dimensions with Stand (WxHxD): 21.24” x 18.65” x 7.89”
- Weight: 11.24 lbs
Design and Features
The Samsung S24R650 is almost perfectly identical to the more affordable LS24R350, but it includes some key features that also changed a bit of its appearance. The device has a matte black finish that’s accented with a brushed metal strip on the bottom bezel to highlight its business appeal. The display is bezel-free on the rest, but you will still see panel borders when the display is in use.
The Samsung S24R650 is heavier than its lower-tiered counterpart, but that’s because it has more features and a different stand. However, its square base eats up less space while providing better stability and a flat surface that can hold tiny gadgets or small peripherals. The aesthetic aspect is sacrificed, but it’s a more functional design in our opinion.
Build quality for the Samsung S24R650 is excellent and there are no cut corners even if it fits in the budget segment. The plastics are solid and reliable, and we did not notice any cosmetic defects such as uneven gaps or seams. The monitor also doesn’t wobble, unlike other options that have tilt-limited stands with a low attachment point and center of gravity.
The Samsung S24R650 also includes an OSD joystick so users can better access and navigate its features or adjust its settings. Its conveniently located at the back in the corner and accessible from the right-hand side of the screen. It also doubles as the power button, but the OSD’s intuitive layout won’t let you mistakenly turn off the screen.
One of the significant differences of the Samsung S24R650 compared to the LS24R350 is its fully adjustable stand. You can tilt, swivel, pivot, and adjust the height of the display, so getting a comfortable view is readily doable. You can also use VESA mounts that have 100 x 100 adapters for this model, but we think it’s only necessary if you have very limited desk space or when building a multi-display array.
You also get more connectivity options with the Samsung S24R650 since it has DisplayPort 1.2 aside from the HDMI 1.4 and VGA ports found on the lower-tiered model. You also get three USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 slots with this model, along with two 3.5mm jacks for audio input and output. These added features make the monitor thicker as well, but it’s a minor sacrifice compared to what you are getting for the price.
Unfortunately, the Samsung S24R650 doesn’t include built-in speakers which would add to its suitability for work from home use. We think its forgivable since most will prefer headsets for teleconferencing anyway, but it’s nice to have for the times where your ears get hot your you just want to sit back and chill.
Display and Performance
The Samsung S24R650 sports a 24-inch IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 75Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time. The backlight is rated at 250 cd/m2, while the contrast ratio sits at 1000:1, unlike the brand’s VA variants which have considerably higher ratios. It doesn’t advertise high-end features such as HDR compatibility, but that’s understandable due to the low price and its business-oriented nature.
24-inch 1080p screens are still the accepted standard for business use since everyone is familiar with it and it offers great balance between clarity and sharpness. It isn’t as detailed as a 1440p or 4K variant, but you won’t have to struggle when reading walls of text since the letters do not become microscopic. It’s also easier to run games and media at 1080p since the graphics card and bandwidth requirements are lower.
The Samsung S24R650 renders 98% of the sRGB gamut which isn’t impressive, but sufficient for daily use. The screen’s color accuracy has a deltaE average of 1.9 which is excellent since you won’t need to calibrate the screen. The color temperature, on the other hand, is slightly cooler than the 6500K but it doesn’t add a bluish tint when viewing white backgrounds,
Calibrating the monitor with a colorimeter is unnecessary, and the improvements to the dE average are limited to a slightly better average of only 1.73. You can bring down the temperature to sit closer to the 6500K point, but it doesn’t add a perceivable improvement that will make your visual experience better. The cost of a colorimeter can already buy a second Samsung S24R650 or a higher-tiered model with more features and capabilities.
The IPS panel on the Samsung S24R650 manages a contrast ratio of around 1080:1 at 50% brightness which is great for IPS panels. However, it isn’t high enough to reduce the black luminance, so the monitor can look grayish or washed out when used in dark rooms. It’s a known limitation of IPS tech, and we think this result is above the average.
The Samsung S24R650’s panel uniformity could use some improvements since there are backlight leaks on the bottom corners of the screen. the affected quadrants have some loss in contrast, but it’s only noticeable when viewing dark images or scenes. This aspect can vary between units due to manufacturing tolerances and the nature of IPS tech, so there are better ones out in the market.
Responsiveness isn’t the best as well with the Samsung S24R650 since it is prone to blurring and some persistence. Maxing out the overdrive will add a lot of overshoot, so staying with the Faster setting at 75Hz is your best choice. The monitor is only suitable for casual gaming, but that’s understandable since it is aimed at business use.
The Samsung S24R650 is compatible with FreeSync but it isn’t certified for G-Sync Compatible Mode for Nvidia users. You can force it via the Nvidia Control Panel, but there is no guarantee that issues won’t arise while you play. Input lag sits at 10ms, so there is no need to worry about delays or “de-synced” instances while gaming.
Thoughts on the Samsung S24R650
The Samsung S24R650 is a well-rounded IPS monitor with a lot of features for a well-rounded price point. The monitor has a lot of connectivity options and a flexible stand which makes it ideal for productivity setups or work from home use. The IPS panel offers great color quality out of the box which plug and play users will like since tweaking will be minimal.
The Samsung S24R650 doesn’t have a lot of faults, but its cheap pricing is also a double-edged sword if you know where to look. You can already get a 144Hz IPS monitor with great image quality like the AOC 24G2 for the same amount which for many will be a more practical purchase. The Samsung S24R650 is a capable choice for productivity and work from home use, but those who game after grinding might want to look elsewhere.
- Sophisticated Design
- Great Color Quality Out of the Box
- Lots of Connectivity Features
- Fully Adjustable Stand
- Panel Uniformity Needs Improvement
- Priced to Close to Recent 144Hz IPS Variants
-About the Author:
Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.