Samsung SyncMaster 943T
Here is another monitor from Samsung’s new 943 series but from a different product class.
The specs say it all: the SyncMaster 943T is based on a PVA matrix that provides a higher contrast ratio and larger viewing angles than TN ones. This matrix type is becoming ever rarer among 19-inch models. Old models are getting out of production while new models are scanty. As a result, there is but a few *VA-based 19-inchers available in shops today even if you count in the expensive semiprofessional models from NEC. This type of matrix differs from TN greatly. It doesn’t get dark when viewed from below. The picture on a PVA matrix depends on your angle of view, true, but not as heavily as with TN matrixes. Unfortunately, the high price of PVA matrixes leaves them a small market niche although they do enjoy stable demand. Some users, particularly experienced users, need monitors with good viewing angles.
It is a shame that this model does not have response time compensation. This technology can solve the main problem of PVA matrix, the high response time when switching between dark halftones. Unfortunately, such models are virtually extinct. The Samsung SyncMaster 971P is the only such monitor produced today that I can recall.
The 943T looks exactly like the rest of the 943 series monitors. It has a neat and compact silvery or black case. The design is simple and unsophisticated, but doesn’t look cheap.
The monitor’s stand is very functional. Like the simpler models, it features the new, sleeker, design, but besides tilt adjustment, it now allows to turn the screen around the vertical axis (using a rotating disc in the sole of the stand), adjust its height (from 60 to 140 millimeters from the desk surface to the bottom edge of the matrix), and pivot the screen into portrait mode. As opposed to TN-based monitors, portrait mode is more useful here due to the excellent viewing angles.
You can also replace the stand with a VESA-compatible mount, for example if you want to wall-mount the monitor or have even wider adjustment options.
There is no paltry economy in this model. It has both interfaces, analog and digital. The power adapter is integrated into the case.
Like the other monitors from this series, this one is controlled with handy touch-sensitive buttons. The single drawback of these buttons is that you cannot control the monitor in darkness. You just won’t be able to feel them with your fingers. Quick access is provided to the automatic adjustment feature, to the Brightness setting, and to assigning a function to the redefined button (it selects a MagicBright mode by default).
The menu is the same as in the above-discussed 943NW. I won’t describe it here. Let’s get right to the tests.
The monitor has 100% brightness and 75% contrast by default. I lowered both to 39% to achieve a 100nit level of white. Color gradients are reproduced without banding, and there are no problems with the reproduction of darks. Lights are displayed the same as white if the Contrast setting is set above its default value. The monitor regulates its brightness by means of pulse-width modulation of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 321Hz.
White brightness is quite uniform: an average deflection of 4.7% with a maximum of only 12.9%. When the monitor is displaying a black screen, you can see a characteristic X-shaped brighter pattern. The average deflection is 8.5% with a maximum of 39.5%. That’s a very depressing result. Hopefully, this is a problem of our particular sample. If not, this problem should be solved in the next revision of the monitor.