The monitor has a standard menu of Samsung’s modern models. It is user-friendly and intuitive. The SyncMaster 940Fn can be controlled with the MagicTune program as well.
By default, the monitor has 75% contrast and 100% brightness. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white I had to reduce both brightness and contrast to 54%. I could not spot pulse-width modulation of the backlighting. The monitor seems to control its brightness with the matrix.
Color gradients are reproduced correctly without banding. Dark gray does not merge with pure black at any settings even at zero brightness/contrast. Light gray merges with white when the contrast setting is above 80%.
The gamma curves look normal, more or less. The blue curve is considerably higher than necessary. At the reduced contrast setting the red and green curves rise up a little, too, improving the monitor’s white balance, but the picture becomes somewhat whitish. You can correct this by increasing the gamma by about 0.2 in the monitor’s or graphics card’s settings.
The color temperature settings match the gamma curves. The temperature of gray is too high. The Warm mode might be acceptable, but white looks yellowish in it. In the Normal mode the picture may seem to cold overall.
The SyncMaster 940Fn has an average response time of only 8.6 milliseconds GtG with a maximum of 15.8 milliseconds, which is an excellent result for a *VA matrix. This makes it suitable not only for work but also for movies and dynamic games. There is no growth of the response time to 40-50 milliseconds on dark tones, which is typical of this matrix manufacturing technology.
The error of the response time compensation mechanism amounts to only 1.8% on average with a maximum of 19.6%. Compare this to fast TN matrixes whose average error would easily exceed 15% in some models! So, the RTC error of the SyncMaster 940Fn is low and won’t produce noticeable visual artifacts in practice.
The monitor’s contrast ratio is, unfortunately, not as high as might be expected from *VA technology. It is a little lower than 350:1 at a max brightness of nearly 200 nits.
So, although the SyncMaster 940Fn is not an exceptional product in its specification or real parameters or exterior design, it has one important advantage. It is one of the few available 19” monitors whose matrix is not TN. This ensures incomparably better viewing angles as opposed to all the other monitors reviewed in this article. So, if you want to buy a 19” LCD monitor and TN matrixes do not suit you with their narrow vertical viewing angle, make sure you check out the SyncMaster 940Fn. This monitor can be used for work as well as for games and movies thanks to its excellent response time (it’s excellent for *VA technology, I mean).