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Samtron 72V

“Samtron” is the trademark for inexpensive monitors from Samsung Electronics – both CRT and LCD ones. Almost all Samtrons have SyncMaster counterparts, close to them in characteristics, but not every SyncMaster has a corresponding relative among Samtrons: top models don’t go under the Samtron brand.

The model number of this monitor suggests its affinity to the SyncMaster 172V. We will check it out later as the SyncMaster 172V is also included into our today’s roundup.

Samtron 72V comes in a simple case, in one of Samsung’s standard modifications: the buttons are on the front panel, below the screen. The monitor is completely white, without any embellishments. The small base only allows changing the screen tilt. The monitor is equipped with one analog input.

The menu is Samsung’s standard, rather convenient creation. Brightness and auto-adjustment options are assigned special quick buttons. By default, the brightness control sits on 80%, the contrast on 50%. To reach 100nit screen brightness, I reduced both controls to 13%. Brightness of the screen is regulated by pulse-width modulation of the backlight lamp with a frequency of 1kHz.

Auto-adjustment takes about 6 seconds, and its results are quite satisfactory. You don’t see any noise on a one-pixel tessellation, but it becomes apparent when you look at the screen from above or below or from a 1 meter distance. Anyway, this defect won’t cause you any discomfort.

There are three color temperature settings: “User Adjusted” (by default, it corresponds to 6000K white and 8520K gray), “Reddish” (5740K and 7520K), and “Bluish” (6150K white and 10,160K gray). The onscreen image is likely to be slightly bluish as the temperature of the gray color is too high in every setting.

The color curves show that all three colors are too low in the middle of the range (in other words, the gamma of this monitor is really higher than the standard value of 2.2), but blue is still higher than the other two colors, that’s why the color temperature is too high.

The response time measurements don’t bring any surprises as we already discussed TN+Film matrixes from Samsung in our previous roundups: the full response time is about 25msec on black-white transitions and goes up to 35msec on black-gray transitions. Well, the inexpensive matrixes from Samsung Electronics (the expensive matrixes are made with the PVA technology) are known to be good mainstream products, and Samtron 72V is another confirmation of this fact: the response time is neither good nor bad, it’s average.

The contrast ratio is average, too. The level of black is low at the minimum screen brightness, but is quick to exceed 1nit when the brightness is higher.

We will see later whether Samtron 72V has anything to do with SyncMaster 172V from the same manufacturer. So far, here’s my resume: Samtron is an inexpensive LCD monitor for office use. It is better than Acer AL1713, which belongs to the same category, in the contrast ratio and in the response time. Samtron features an easy-to-use menu and a nice case. So if you are looking for a low-cost 17” LCD monitor, but don’t want to turn to obscure manufacturers, take a look at Samtron 72V from the respectable Samsung.

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