The color reproduction isn’t however free from the common defect of all PVA and MVA matrices: dark colors become like pure black if your line of sight is perpendicular to the screen. Sometimes this defect may become annoying, but it is not very strong as a rule.
There are two defects in the gamma curves: 1) the level of blue and, to a lesser extent, of green is too high, and this leads to excessively high color temperature 2) the lightest colors are not reproduced correctly as the characteristic bend of the color curves in the top right corner of the graph suggests. The latter defect can be eliminated by a slight reduction of the contrast setting – I advise you to do that if you care about accurate reproduction of colors.
The response time is regrettably quite typical for matrices of this type. Why regrettably? Because the pixel rise time grows up catastrophically on black-to-gray transitions, to more than 100 milliseconds at the maximum. Here I’d like to say it once again that our objective measurements of the response time cannot give an answer to the question if the given monitor suits you because the reaction to the “ghosting” effect is purely subjective. Some people consider 12ms TN-Film matrices as slow, while others can be quite satisfied with PVA and MVA ones. Generally, PVA suits normally for watching movies and for work, but the ghosting effect becomes too strong in some games (in some, but not in all games!). So, if you’re going to buy such a monitor, but have never before worked with PVA/MVA monitors, you should certainly try your favorite games on such a monitor first to make sure your purchase won’t disappoint you.
The contrast ratio of this monitor is simply excellent – it’s even above 1000:1! I should confess, though, that the Pantone ColorVision Spyder colorimeter I use for measuring the contrast ratio isn’t very confident at such low levels of black. Its readings jump suddenly from one measurement to another. Sometimes it yields a zero result altogether. Judging by these jumps, they are due to the specifics of the data-processing algorithms built into this measurement tool, but as I have no access to these algorithms, I cannot tell anything more. This situation made me think of my own system of measuring brightness in a wider range. Most probably you’ll see its results in my upcoming reviews.
Thus, the contrast ratio values in the table above shouldn’t be regarded as exact numbers. But I do say that the contrast ratio of the SyncMaster 910N is much better than that of a number of other monitors. This fact is confirmed visually – you can put a SyncMaster 910N beside any other monitor participating in this review to see its much deeper black color (it is this deep black that in fact contributes to the excellent contrast ratio).
Overall, the SyncMaster 910N is a typical member of Samsung’s series of monitors on PVA matrices. It has an excellent contrast ratio and viewing angles and a good color reproduction, so it’s going to be a good choice for work and for home, with a single reservation – if you are not into playing dynamic games. I can name only one minor defect of this monitor – white edging to the right of vertical lines, but this effect isn’t conspicuous at all.