Samsung SyncMaster 940T
Samsung just can’t stop releasing new models. One series is replaced with a new one in the blink of an eye. We have just recently discussed the points of difference between the 920 series and the older ones, but now it is obsolete and is ousted by the new 940 line-up.
The monitor has a compact case, plain yet nice-looking. That’s what you can expect from Samsung. The company is not into contrasting color schemes or chrome-plated surfaces, preferring a more restrained design for its LCD monitors. I’ve repeatedly expressed my personal and favorable opinion on such design in my reviews. I hold that the monitor is an information display device in the first place and only then an object of the interior and if the appearance of a monitor interferes with its main function, the appearance must be changed.
The stand allows to adjust the height and tilt of the screen. The portrait mode is also available.
The monitor has analog and digital inputs, and an integrated power adapter.
Many monitor manufacturers try to hide the controls from view somewhere at the bottom or on a side and don’t label them, forgetting that it’s not convenient to press buttons you don’t see. Samsung has it in a simple and elegant way: the neat round buttons are located right on the monitor’s front panel and bear clearly identifiable icons. This doesn’t spoil the monitor’s appearance in the slightest, while the controls are really easy to use. The buttons sink down easily, with a clear quiet click. The Power button is highlighted with a mild blue LED at work.
The standard menu from Samsung is very user-friendly. Among extra settings, you are offered five MagicBright modes (brightness/contrast presets), MagicColor mode (increases color saturation), and three gamma compensation values. Quick access is provided to the brightness setting, to MagicBright, to switching between the inputs, and to automatic adjustment for analog signal.