By default, the monitor’s got 100% brightness and 80% contrast. You can pull the latter setting up by 10% or something without losing details in lights. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white I selected 52% brightness and 50% contrast. The monitor controls its brightness by modulating the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 340Hz.
The backlight is not exactly uniform, but acceptable. Color gradients are reproduced without banding at any contrast.
The gamma curves look much worse than on the previous monitor. The gamma value is too high, so the curves sag too much, yielding a picture with too much contrast.
At the reduced contrast the curves change their shape. They do not sag anymore, yet are still far from the ideal. You can also see that the blue curve lies on the X axis in the left part of the diagram. This means that darkest-blue tones are all displayed as one color. Well, this defect can only be noticed in real life if you know what to look for. It won’t be disturbing at everyday work.
The color temperature setup isn’t accurate in any of the preset modes: the difference of temperatures amounts to 2000K. And the darker the color tone is, the higher its temperature and the colder it looks (to remind you, colors with high color temperature are perceived by the eye as colder and vice versa).
The SyncMaster 940NW’s color gamut is in fact the same as the more expensive model’s.
This is by far not a single millisecond of difference! The average response time is 13.3 milliseconds (two times slower than the 940BW and three times slower than the 931BW) with a maximum of 23 milliseconds! This is a normal result for an RTC-less matrix, but it looks pathetic in comparison with the previous two models that feature RTC.
The monitor even surpasses its brother, offering a contrast ratio of over 300:1 – a good result for a TN matrix.
So, the SyncMaster 940NW is an entry-level model indeed. If you are willing to put up with its not very accurate setup and the lack of a digital interface and RTC, to save some money, why not consider this model as a possible buy?