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Samsung SyncMaster 920T

This model has just recently appeared in shops; it is in fact a successor to the above-described SyncMaster 910T. While the 910-th series returned to the classic cases after the unusual dual-hinge stands of the 192-th series, the 920T trumpets a return to the Dual Hinge design.

The Dual Hinge base has two articulate joints rather than one as the majority of other bases have. The joints are on both ends of the vertical pole – where it joins the monitor and where it joins the foundation of the base. As a result, it is possible to regulate the height of the monitor from 3.5 centimeters to 10 centimeters above the desk as well as to change the tilt of the screen from vertical to horizontal position. You can even fold the monitor up into a very compact flat thing which can be then hung on the wall without and additional fasteners or whatever. At their times, such bases in the 192-th series of SyncMasters were much popular among the users, but they had one drawback – they didn’t support the pivot technology. This problem is solved in the 920T – the screen of this monitor can be easily rotated into the portrait position.

Another advantage of the base of the 920T is its excellent steadiness. Thanks to the large foundation, the monitor can hardly be knocked back at all – if you push it strong enough, the base is more likely to fold up rather than to topple over. At the same time, despite the dimensions, this base looks very elegant and doesn’t leave an impression of bulkiness. Of course, it’s a purely subjective thing, but I think that the SyncMaster 920T is highly impressive from both aesthetics and functionality points of view.

The video connectors are also implemented originally here. They are hidden into the central pole of the base and concealed under a decorative cover. The cables from these connectors go out through the rear of the base. So, only the power connector, on the base’s rear panel, is left exposed. The power adapter is external in this model.

I should note that although there’s a decorative grid on the “legs” of the base, this monitor is not equipped with speakers. Samsung has just unified the base for several models of its monitors.

The control buttons have been moved to the bottom edge of the screen. Although this solution seems right from the aesthetics standpoint, the buttons have become less handy in use. They are rather narrow and sink down under a considerable effort. The positions and the functions of the buttons have remained the same.

The overall interface of the onscreen menu hasn’t changed since the models of the 910 series, but its contents are quite different. First, the number of color temperature variants has been extended to nine (!) for a much more accurate setup of the monitor. The temperature changes from 5400K to 9300K with an average step of about 400K. Second, a new mode has appeared, which is called MagicColor. It regulates the saturation of the image. Unfortunately, there are only three variants of this mode (except the “Demo” variant where two halves of the screen have a different saturation each): “Off” (very pale, faded-out colors – it seems that the developers have deliberately reduced the saturation in this variant for a more vivid demonstration of the MagicColor effect), “MagicColor1” and “MagicColor2”. The latter two give out lush colors, but don’t differ between each other much. The MagicColor2 variant is selected by default, and the saturation is somewhat lower in it than with MagicColor1, but it really gives out a picture closest to the ideal. The colors in the MagicColor1 mode are somewhat gaudy to my taste. Third, the gamma correction coefficient is selected not from three values, as in the SyncMaster 910T, but is changing from 1.7 to 3.1 stepping 0.1. Fourth, the MagicBright menu has been changed. It now offers two presets more!

The last paragraph can be boiled down to just a few words. The developers of the SyncMaster 920T did a good job on its firmware, providing much wider setup opportunities than the majority of monitors of this class do (of course, such monitors as the NEC MultiSync 1980SX, for example, offer an even higher setup flexibility, but they belong to quite another category, even if we consider their price alone).

By default, the monitor’s brightness and contrast settings are set to 100% and 80%, respectively. To achieve a screen brightness of 100nit, I selected 43% brightness and 50% contrast with the digital connection and 46% brightness and 50% contrast with the analog connection.

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