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Samsung SyncMaster 931CW

Like many other brands, Samsung supplies widescreen counterparts to many of its classic 5:4 models. The 931CW is such a counterpart for the SyncMaster 931C. The letter C in the model name indicates backlight lamps with improved phosphors that endow this monitor with an enhanced color gamut.

Monitors with response time compensation can occasionally be seen among widescreen 19-inchers. Judging by the specified response time of 2 milliseconds (GtG) the SyncMaster 931CW is such an occasion.

This model looks like the SyncMaster 931BW which has an ordinary color gamut. The black glossy case is nicely complemented with a thin silvery strip. A metallic-like Power button is placed on the right of that strip. Some people may not like this black case, especially as dust and greasy fingerprints are going to be visible on the glossy surface, yet it is surely stylish and appealing. The monitor just demands to be placed on a gamer’s desk.

The stand is simple, providing tilt adjustment only. You can replace it with a VESA-compatible mount.

There is a standard selection of connectors at the back panel: analog and digital inputs, and a connector of the integrated power adapter.

The control buttons are hidden on the bottom edge of the case, except for the Power button which is on the front panel and has a soft blue highlighting rim. The labels on the front panel make it easy to use the controls. Quick access is provided to the brightness setting, to selecting the source of the video signal, to the automatic adjustment of analog signal, and to choosing a MagicBright mode.

This is Samsung’s standard menu, handy and functional. It doesn’t offer any color temperature modes, providing a selection of three other modes instead: Mild, Normal and Brilliance. These modes change color saturation.

 
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