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Samsung SyncMaster 940T

We tested this model already in our Part IV of the roundup but it was quite a long time ago. About a year ago this model began to be shipped with an RTC-enabled PVA matrix. Of course, we couldn’t pass by this rejuvenated product. There are too few PVA-based monitors with a screen size of 19 inches for us to neglect such important changes in one of them.

Even if the first line were erased from the table, the excellent viewing angles would still indicate that it is not TN technology. Response Time Compensation has changed the declared response time dramatically: from 25 milliseconds (ISO) to 8 milliseconds (GtG). You’ll see shortly how fast this model is in practice. The contrast ratio is declared to be as high as 1500:1. Such a high value usually means dynamic contrast if declared for a TN matrix, but this monitor doesn’t offer a dynamic contrast mode at all.

There are still both versions of the 940T selling: with 8ms and 25ms matrixes. You can check out the full model name to make sure you buy the version you want: the LS19HATES7 comes with a 25ms matrix and the LS19HATESQ, with a 8ms matrix.

The SyncMaster 940T is designed exactly like the N-indexed model from the same series discussed in the previous section. In fact, the two models are twins externally. Both have the same neat and modest gray case on a massive stand.

The stand offers all the possible adjustment options. You can change the tilt and height (from 50 to 135mm) of the screen or turn the screen around the vertical axis. The portrait mode is also available, and it is indeed useful due to the good viewing angles of this matrix. The monitor is compatible with VESA mounts.

As opposed to the inexpensive 940N, this model has both analog and digital inputs. Its power adapter is integrated into the case.

The control buttons are designed and placed exactly like on the previous model. Quick access is provided to the auto-adjustment feature, to the brightness setting, and to choosing a MagicBright mode. The standard onscreen menu from Samsung the monitor is equipped with is user-friendly as usual.

The default values of brightness and contrast are 100% and 70%, respectively. I lowered them both to 49% to achieve a 100nit brightness of white. Dark halftones are reproduced well at any settings while light halftones merge into one color at a contrast of 90% and higher. Color gradients are reproduced without banding.

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