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The menu is Samsung’s standard one and identical to the previous model’s menu.

The monitor has 100% brightness and 75% contrast by default. To achieve a 100nit white I reduced them both to 40%. The brightness is controlled by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 240Hz.

The backlight is 10% and 11% irregular on black and white, respectively. The respective maximums are 19% and 21%. That’s a good result that will satisfy most users.

No problems were observed with the display of a color gradient. All halftones are rendered correctly at a contrast of zero to 80%. At a higher value of contrast the monitor loses light halftones.

The gamma curves sag a little at the default settings, and the resulting image has too much contrast.

When the contrast setting is reduced, the curves get closer to the theoretical one and do not provoke any visible color reproduction related problems.

Since I’ve been writing a lot about various image-enhancing technologies in this review, I want to dwell upon the MagicColor feature as well. It works with color reproduction settings as opposed to MagicBright that regulates brightness and contrast.

Looking at such curves one may wonder if the contrast setting isn’t set at 100%. That’s the useful effect from choosing such a high contrast. The red and green curves are much higher than necessary, reaching saturation in the left part of the diagram. The blue curve is more or less normal in its left part, but then jumps up to join the other two. Note that the first 10% of each curve is flat, meaning that the darkest halftones are reproduced as black.

This mode differs from the previous one with the shape of the red curve which has become closer to the blue one. As opposed to the green curve, these two do not have a flat stretch in the top right of the diagram. So, this mode can be viewed as a more acceptable version of the previous one, yet the colors are still inaccurate.

 
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