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Samsung SyncMaster 931BW

This is quite a different story: the declared response time of 2 milliseconds GtG means that we’re dealing with an “accelerated” TN matrix that features Response Time Compensation technology.

This monitor’s design follows the appearance of Samsung’s non-widescreen 931 series models but applied to a widescreen matrix. The widening hasn’t spoiled the monitor’s face. The combination of the restrained black gloss of the case with the matte silver band along the bottom and the metal-like Power button looks winning still. The SyncMaster 931BW just cannot be called an office monitor. It should stand on a gamer’s desk rather.

The tilt of the screen can be adjusted and the whole case can be turned around on the rotating circle in the base of the stand.

The back panel allows using a VESA mount, so you can remove the monitor’s native stand and hang it on a wall or some other support.

The monitor’s got a sufficient minimum of connectors hidden under a decorative panel at its back: analog and digital inputs and a connector for the integrated power adapter.

The control buttons are hidden in the bottom left of the front panel, except for the Power knob, which is located on the front and is highlighted with a surrounding mild blue light. This placement doesn’t provoke any problems because the buttons are labeled on the front panel. Quick access is provided to the brightness setting, to selecting the input source, to the auto-adjustment and the MagicBright features, and to switching between the preset modes. The preset modes change the monitor’s brightness and contrast settings but do not affect color saturation or color temperature.

This is Samsung’s standard menu. It is user-friendly enough. Once again I want to specifically note such a trifling but nice feature as the remembering of the last used menu item. Among extra options there is a selection of three gamma compensation values and the traditional MagicColor feature whose modes increase color saturation.

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