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The quality of the image as reproduced by this monitor gives no cause for complaints. The viewing angles are wide, and the backlighting is uniform (which was a nice diversion after the above-described LG Flatron L1910P which had been tested right before the SyncMaster 920T). Add also the excellent sharpness of the image and the reproduction of smooth gradients without a hint of visible stripes. I also saw no traces of the white edging I have complained about discussing the SyncMaster 910N.

But the quality of the color reproduction setup with analog input leaves room for improvement as the diagram shows. The levels of all the three colors are too high, and this problem cannot be solved by reducing the brightness and contrast settings. But as soon as I switched the monitor to the digital input, a miracle happened:

As you see, only blue is too intensive here, and only in the beginning of the range. Otherwise, the color reproduction is close to ideal. And I didn’t adjust any settings – I just switched from the analog input to the digital one! Well, my further tests showed that the DVI-D connection isn’t without blame, either. When the brightness and contrast settings were reduced, the color curves got distorted:

But these distortions aren’t as great as with the analog connection and can be corrected by a slight increase of gamma in the monitor’s settings menu.

I guess the response time graph requires no comments – we have the typical response time of a PVA matrix here, which is in fact the main defect of this technology.

The monitor doesn’t have the excellent contrast ratio of the two previous models, but its result is good, too – better than the other participating models reviewed in this article have. The measurements are confirmed visually – the SyncMaster 920T does yield a very good black color. Curiously enough, the brightness and contrast ratio remain almost the same irrespective of the connection (digital or analog), while the color reproduction is different depending on the connection.

Thus, the SyncMaster 920T is not just a cosmetic improvement on the SyncMaster 910T, as it was the case with the NEC 1960NXi and 1970NX. The functionality of the newer SyncMaster has been enhanced, too. The SyncMaster 920T comes in a convenient and nice-looking case, and its menu offers so many settings that other monitors from this price category seldom have: several color temperature settings, gamma adjustment, three color saturation settings and so on. The real characteristics of the monitor are top-notch. The excellent viewing angles, excellent contrast ratio, uniform backlighting and good color reproduction make it an excellent choice for work or home, except that it doesn’t suit much for dynamic games like many other PVA and MVA matrices. If you are not interested in such games or if you’re quite content with the speed of PVA, the SyncMaster 920T is going to be a good choice for you.

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