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Samsung SyncMaster 960BF

I tested the 17” version of this monitor in our article dedicated to Response Time Compensation technology. Though having a bigger model number than the 940BF, the 960BF model was released earlier and has a specified response time of 4 milliseconds, i.e. 2 milliseconds higher than that of the 940BF.

The SyncMaster 960BF looks just splendid. It has a milk-white case with rounded angles and decorative light-gray inserts with a bit of a lilac hue. The stand is round with a kind of a handle at the back. This monitor looks attractive due to its all-around harmony and gracefulness of design rather than to contrasting colors or shiny surfaces. Although the plastic of the case is glossy, it doesn’t produce too many flares. Reflections on this plastic are not as irritating and distracting as on the popular glossy black plastic. Moreover, fingerprints and dust which is too visible on black plastic is almost invisible here. And of course this design raises associations with products from Apple – a white glossy plastic is a very traditional solution for this company.

The monitor is equipped with Samsung’s dual-hinge stand that allows adjusting the tilt and height of the screen. The height can be varied in a small range (compared with classic vertical stands), but the fact is many users want to lower the screen rather than to lift it up because the laws of ergonomics recommend positioning the screen in such a way that its top is at your eyes level or a little lower. And from this point of view, the stand of the 960BF is superb: you can almost lay the screen on the desk and, unlike with the above-described EIZO FlexScan L778, you can place it vertically or push the top a little backwards. Unlike other Samsung monitors with similar stands, this monitor is folded forward rather than backward for transportation. The portrait mode is available here.

The monitor has analog and digital inputs, but only one DVI-I connector. DVI-DVI and DVI-D-Sub cables are included in the box. They must have resorted to this solution due to the lack of space for connectors at the back of the base, under the “handle”. A connector for the external power adapter is located there, too.

The single button this monitor offers is Power. But unlike Apple who’s abandoning all settings (besides brightness) in its monitors, Samsung prefers full-featured control over the monitor, but via software from the computer the monitor is connected to. Windows and MacOS users can install the MagicTune program (originally developed by Portrait Displays Inc., but further improved and supported by Samsung); Linux users should take a look at the DDCcontrol project and users of other OSes at other monitors.

 
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