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By default, the monitor has 100% brightness and 80% contrast. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white the monitor’s brightness and contrast settings should be both reduced to 44%. The minimum possible brightness is about 15 nits. The monitor controls its brightness by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of about 320Hz.

Color gradients are reproduced flawlessly. The backlighting is uniform except for small dark areas in the bottom and top left corners which are visible on a gray background.

The gamma curves are good, but not perfect. The gamma for the green and blue colors is too low (the higher the gamma, the lower the corresponding curve is and the more contrast the picture has; when the gamma is too low, the picture looks pale and whitish).

The color temperature is set up quite well – I mean for this class of monitors. There is a difference between temperatures of white and gray, yet it is within reasonable limits, i.e. smaller than 1000K. Most users will find the Warm and Normal modes acceptable. The former is warm but not as warm as to make the picture look yellowish. The latter may seem just a bit too cold. It all depends on the ambient lighting you use, after all.

The average response time of the SyncMaster 932B is 15.1 milliseconds GtG with a maximum of 26.3 milliseconds. This is good for a matrix without response time compensation, but there is no talking about competing with RTC-enabled monitors. The 932B is far slower than today’s gaming models whose response time, according to my measurements, may be as low as 3 milliseconds GtG, or five times lower!

The monitor’s contrast ratio is good at 350:1, worsening a little at low brightness only.

Thus, the SyncMaster 932B is an average monitor from a technical point of view, but it is remarkable for its exterior design. It will suit people who are not very fastidious about response time and color reproduction quality. That is, it will suit for working with text and will also make a good inexpensive home monitor with a somewhat uncommon appearance.

 
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