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Samsung SyncMaster 961BW

An update to the 960 series, this very fresh model was first showcased to the public at CeBIT 2007. The contrast ratio of 3000:1 looks impressive in the specs, but it is the so-called dynamic contrast. You can’t achieve a static contrast like that on a TN matrix. The point of dynamic contrast is in adjusting the backlight brightness making the whole image darker or lighter depending on the prevalence of light or dark colors in the image. The resulting dynamic contrast ratio is calculated by multiplying the static contrast ratio by the brightness adjustment range available in this mode. This technology is suitable for watching movies, but is absolutely useless for work and in games.

This monitor looks stern and elegant with its black glossy case the metallized Power button stands out on and with the smooth outline of the stand that transitions into the case fastening. One may even want to hang a “Don’t Touch” tab on it – your fingerprints will be just too visible on the glossy plastic.

The case is fastened to the stand like in the above-described ASUS PW191A (I must acknowledge Samsung’s precedence over ASUS in introducing “folding” stands, though). There are two joints where the “leg” is fastened to the base and to the case. This leg allows adjusting the screen height from 25mm to 110mm above the desk. The rest of adjustment options – tilt, rotation around the vertical axis, and portrait mode – are all available, too.

The set of connectors located in a recess under the point where the stand is fastened to the case includes analog and digital inputs, and a connector of the integrated power adapter.

The control buttons, except for the Power one, are placed in the bottom right of the case. It’s easy to use them thanks to the distinct labels above. Like other monitors from Samsung, this one provides quick access to the brightness setting, to the MagicBright feature, to switching between the inputs, and to the automatic adjustment.

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