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The SyncMaster 244T has got a standard enough color gamut. It is somewhat larger than sRGB in greens but coincides with it in blues and reds.

The gamma curves look perfect. They lie in a dense group, not differing from the theoretical curve almost. The monitor has no problems reproducing darks or lights.

The color temperature setup is less ideal, yet good anyway. The difference between the temperatures of grays is within 200K in half of the modes and is never larger than 1000K in any of them. It’s also good to have as many as seven modes to choose from. Any user is going to find a suitable mode without having to adjust color temperature manually.

The monitor has a response time average of 6.5 milliseconds GtG with a maximum of 11.1 milliseconds. These are excellent numbers for a *VA matrix, so the manufacturer didn’t lie to us. The 244T is a very fast monitor indeed.

Alas, the speed is accompanied with errors. The RTC error average is 11.0%. This is not a critical value yet, but RTC artifacts are going to be visible occasionally at work and in games.

The monitor has a good contrast ratio, over 400:1, but that’s what you can expect from a PVA matrix. PVA-based monitors generally boast a high real contrast ratio. The maximum brightness is almost as high as 400nits. This should be enough for any situation, including watching movies or playing games under bright daylight.

Besides our traditional test of brightness and contrast ratio at different monitor settings, I also explored the MagicBright feature. It allows to switch quickly between several presets of brightness, contrast and color temperature defined by the manufacturer. For example, you want to have a rest from your work and play the good old Wolfenstein 3D but the monitor’s brightness, normal for working with black-and-white text, proves too low for the game. The MagicBright feature is meant just for such situations. Instead of entering the monitor’s menu and changing the brightness setting (and changing it back again after the game), you can press an appropriate button and switch into the Entertain mode in which the monitor changes the values of brightness and contrast both at once. Having had your rest, you press the button again to return to the Custom mode that stores your own monitor settings safely.

The SyncMaster 244T offers four MagicBright modes in which the monitor changes the values of brightness and contrast. The table above shows those values according to the monitor’s menu. The menu shows them, but doesn’t allow to change them. You can change the settings in the Custom mode only (the table shows the default settings of this mode).

The measurements of the real contrast ratio and brightness with a calibrator show the difference: in the Text mode the brightness corresponds to the commonly accepted level for working with text in a brightly lit office room (about 100 nits). It is higher in the Internet mode and near the monitor’s maximum in the Entertain mode, which is meant for games and movies.

Not arguing the obvious convenience of the MagicBright feature, I can note three drawbacks about it. First, as I said above, the settings of each mode cannot be changed by the user. Second, there are too few modes, only three, and none of them fits within the brightness range of 150-200 nits that is going to be demanded by the home user. Third, the Text mode may prove too bright for home use. In that case you can set up the Custom mode for work with text and enable MagicBright for movies and games.

An indisputable advantage of MagicBright is that this feature concerns only brightness and contrast settings. It doesn’t affect the monitor’s color reproduction while similar features in other monitors often distort colors.

Thus, the Samsung SyncMaster 244T is a good 24” monitor with a PVA matrix that should be considered by anyone who’s choosing a monitor with this diagonal size. The drawbacks of this model are insignificant. It’s got a rather high level of RTC errors, an inconvenient USB hub, and an exterior design that may be thought bulky by some. On the other hand, it offers a fast matrix with a high contrast ratio, good ergonomics and functionality (including the above-described MagicBright feature), and an accurate setup of color reproduction.

 
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