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The gamma curves look good at the default settings even though the red curve goes higher and the blue curve lower than the theoretical one.

As is often the case, the curves improve at the reduced settings. They now differ but slightly from the theoretical one.

The color temperature setup is very good. The temperature dispersion is no larger than 800K and even fits within 200K in the Warm mode.

The dots lie higher than the theoretical curve in the CIE diagrams, yet the greenish hue shouldn’t be a serious problem. The dot corresponding to dark gray deflects much, but white and light gray almost lie exactly on the curve. As a result, this defect can hardly be perceived with a naked eye.

The color gamut is standard again. It doesn’t require special comments.

PVA matrixes are very slow without response time compensation. The response time average of this matrix is 24.0 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of over 80 milliseconds on transitions between the darkest halftones. This sluggishness of PVA technology can only be remedied with response time compensation. The matrix is fast enough for working in image-editing and text-based applications, but there will be problems with dynamic graphics content, i.e. with games.

PVA matrixes are still superior to TN ones in terms of static contrast ratio. Having the same level of white, they can deliver two times more contrast.

Now let’s check out the predefined MagicBright modes.

They prove to be set up very well, except that the screen is rather too bright. You may want to set the monitor up manually for working with text and use the MagicBright modes for viewing photos and watching movies. Note how high the contrast ratio is in every mode.

Thus, the Samsung SyncMaster 943T is a unique product. With its 19-inch PVA matrix, it has very few competitors. Besides the superb viewing angles no TN matrix can provide, it offers a good color reproduction setup, excellent contrast ratio, nice exterior design, and a reasonable choice of preset modes. So, if you are not taken aback at its poor response time and nonuniform black brightness, you should consider buying it. It is worth your consideration.

Highs:

  • Good viewing angles that cannot be provided by any TN matrix
  • Nice exterior design and handy controls
  • Good color temperature setup
  • Good setup of factory-set image modes

Lows:

  • Slow matrix
  • Very nonuniform black brightness

Recommended usage:

  • Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Web)
  • Basic image editing
  • Movies and games that don’t require a fast matrix
 
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