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Samsung SyncMaster 730BF and 930BF

The RTC innovation is not limited to PVA matrixes, although has the biggest effect on them, because the midtone response time has traditionally been the scourge of PVA technology. So along with the above-described 173P+ and the 193P+, RTC-supporting monitors with TN+Film matrixes came out from a number of manufacturers like Samsung, BenQ, ViewSonic, etc. Samsung’s 730BF and 930BF were the first to come to our test lab.

Like the 173P+/193P+ and 770P/970P pairs, the SyncMaster 730BF and 930BF mainly differ in the size of the screen. They use the same matrixes, they have identical specified parameters (including the average response time of 4 milliseconds), they offer the same setup options and they have identical cases. That’s why I’m going to discuss them both at once.

The 930BF/730BF are designed in the matte black plastic case with a silver bezel typical of Samsung’s inexpensive monitors. There are hardly any differences from 710 and 713 series models that had a similar market positioning: the place and the appearance of the control buttons have changed, and the whole front panel used to be silver before.

The control buttons are placed along the center of the bottom edge of the case on a small rectangular ledge. Quick access is provided to the MagicBright feature (five sets of monitor settings), to the brightness parameter, to switching between the inputs and to the auto adjustment feature. The Power On button is located on the right and I think it is a better position than in the center, as on some older models, where you could accidentally press it while setting the monitor up. The button is highlighted with a soft green LED. The onscreen menu is the standard menu of Samsung’s modern monitors and you can of course control the monitor through the Windows-based MagicTune utility.

The monitor has an analog and a digital input, and an integrated power adapter. Unlike on the 970P, there are two separate connectors for the two inputs: D-Sub for the analog signal and DVI-D for the digital signal (it is impossible to connect an analog cable to this connector unlike to the 970P’s DVI-I). In my tests I attached the monitor to the digital output of the graphics card.

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