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Samsung SyncMaster 2032MW

According to the rules of Samsung’s nomenclature, the M suffix denotes a monitor with an integrated TV-tuner. Judging by the rest of the model name, the SyncMaster 2032MW is going to be close to the above-discussed 2032BW but is it really so?

Not quite as you can see from the specs: having a declared response time of 5 milliseconds, the 2032MW obviously lacks RTC and is going to be much slower than the previous model.

The exterior design is just as splendid as that of the 2032BW: a black glossy sleek case with an elegant round stand.

The stand allows to adjust the tilt of the screen only, and in a rather small range.

The monitor features not only a TV-tuner (whose antenna input is located on the rear panel) but also a full set of other connectors: D-Sub, DVI, HDMI, video inputs (component, S-Video, composite), and even SCART, which is rarely installed in multimedia monitors lately due to its large size.

Most of the connectors are placed in a recess on the rear panel.

The side panel offers S-Video and composite connectors, an audio input accompanying the composite interface, and an output for headphones.

Interestingly, the monitor has its own speakers but it’s not easy to find them at a glance. They are hidden deep in a slit in the bottom of the front panel.

The control buttons are located on the monitor’s right panel. They are so inconveniently implemented that it’s virtually impossible to use them, especially as their labels are placed on the side panel, too.

Fortunately, the monitor comes with a remote control that solves the problem. It provides access not only to the TV-related section of the 2032MW but to the entire menu. The monitor’s buttons provide quick access to selecting a video input and a TV channel and to the sound volume setting. The remote control allows to quickly switch MagicBright modes, audio equalizer modes (which allows adjusting low and high frequencies as well as stereo balance), to muting the sound, to enabling the Picture-in-Picture mode and to choosing the image aspect ratio (only two variants are available, 16:10 and 4:3; you cannot enable per-pixel output without interpolation). The remote control is so handy that you may want to have it at hand even if you don’t utilize the TV-related features of your 2032MW.

The buttons for switching TV channels, controlling the volume and turning the power off are labeled with Braille print although it is not so necessary since they are perfectly recognizable with the fingers due to their size and position. I can’t but acknowledge that this remote control is very ergonomic and lies snugly in the hand.

This onscreen menu is used on Samsung’s monitors with video inputs. It is organized like menus of TV-sets and isn’t very user-friendly but the remote control with its full set of navigation buttons and a lot of instant-access buttons facilitates the configuring of the monitor greatly.

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