Samsung SyncMaster 940Fn
Finally, we’ve got a VA matrix among the innumerable monitors on TN matrixes (I don’t have anything personal against TN technology, but no manufacturer has yet produced a TN matrix with really good viewing angles).
The specification differs dramatically from the monitors I have discussed above. Although the response time is declared to be 8 milliseconds without a “GtG” mark, the SyncMaster 940Fn has an RTC mechanism. Without it, the response would be 16-20 milliseconds. The contrast ratio of 1000:1 is achieved without any tricks and hoaxes. It is a regular static contrast. The viewing angles of 178 degrees are measured honestly by a contrast drop to 10:1.
Externally, the SyncMaster 940Fn is an ordinary stern-looking silver-and-black monitor designed like Samsung’s older models. It looks somewhat boring in comparison with the above-described 931C and the 932B that represent the new trend in Samsung’s design. On the other hand, it looks organic and neat on a work desk.
The stand is large but it allows to change both the tilt and height of the screen and to turn the monitor around the vertical axis and into the portrait mode. The stand can be replaced with a standard VESA mount if necessary.
Against the manufacturers’ custom, this monitor lacks a D-Sub connector, but offers two DVI inputs instead. It does not mean you cannot attach it via an analog channel. You’ll just need an adapter cable with one D-Sub connector for the graphics card and one DVI connector for the monitor’s DVI-I input (take note that the 940Fn’s connectors are universal DVI-I rather than purely digital DVI-D as in most other monitors). One such cable is included with the monitor. To set up a digital connection you can use either a common DVI-D cable (like with other LCD monitors with a digital input) or a universal DVI-I.
The monitor’s controls are placed on its front panel. They are round and bulging a little, and easy to press. Quick access is provided to choosing a MagicBright mode and to switching the inputs, to the brightness setting and to the auto-adjustment feature.