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Samsung SyncMaster 191N

We have already introduced this model to you in the previous roundup and it performed well enough in the tests. This specimen is interesting for the new design of the base. I was just curious to know whether Samsung merely re-designed the base or made any other changes to the electronics, too.

The new base looks elegant and allows tilting and rotating the screen (by 170 degrees in both directions). It’s impossible to adjust the height or to turn the screen into the portrait mode.

The case remained the same. It is small, with the design borrowed from the 192 series, but with an integrated power supply unit. The case is unified with the 191T model. There are LEDs that indicate the selected input (D-Sub or DVI), but they are not used in the 191N, since this display has only an analog input.

The screen menu is pretty standard for any Samsung display. Quick buttons are assigned for brightness, auto-adjustment, and the Magic Bright mode, which is introduced in all new displays from Samsung. By pressing the “+” button, the user gains access to the brightness control, while the “-“ button leads you to the Magic Bright menu with its four options: User Adjusted, Text, Internet and Entertain. The user-defined brightness and contrast controls are not available in the latter three modes; if you try to use them, you exit the Magic Bright mode. In fact, we just have three presets for brightness and contrast compiled by the manufacturer. It would be even more convenient, if we were allowed to set up each of the modes independently for different situations (for example, for working in the daytime or in the evening or for watching movies) and switch between them by pressing a single button.

Our measurements showed that the Text mode corresponds to 100nit screen brightness, Internet – to 130nit, Entertain – to 180nit. Well, the presets seem to be adequate enough; many users may find the Magic Bright option useful. By the way, the Magic Bright function is the first serious deviation of the electronics of the SyncMaster 191N compared to the model with the same model name we discussed in the previous roundup.

By default, we have the brightness control at 80%, and the contrast at 50%. A screen brightness of 100nit is achieved by setting the brightness to 35% and the contrast to 47%. The brightness is controlled by modulation of the power of the backlight lamps with a frequency of about 320Hz. This is another difference from the previously-tested 191N, which had a modulation frequency of 520Hz.

The menu offers three color temperatures: User Defined (5870K for white and 7340K for gray), Reddish (5890K and 6640K) and Bluish (5890K and 8370K). This divergence promises nothing good…

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