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SyncMaster 760BF

The SyncMaster 760BF (and the 19” SyncMaster 960BF which will be presented to you in our upcoming reviews) is based on a TN+Film matrix with response time compensation.

The superb design of the case distinguishes this monitor from earlier models. I even think it looks prettier than the “image-making” SyncMaster 770P and 970P. The monitor catches your eyes at once and it does so not with contrasting black-and-white elements or mirroring inserts or extra-bright LEDs or some other “visual junk”, but on the contrary, with its low-key, restrained and eye-pleasing appearance. The case is made of smooth white plastic with a decorative light-lilac bezel which does not stand out much against the white background. The base is mostly of the same light lilac color with a white edging.

The single inconvenience of this design is that the glossy white plastic may reflect the objects behind your back (windows, lamps, etc), I personally did not feel any discomfort at work – the reflections and flares are not as strong as to distract you. Still, if you’ve got this monitor, you should keep this fact in mind as you choose where to put it.

The monitor’s stand is deliberately rounded which adds it more charm against the typical angular models you can see in shops. The functionality of the base cannot match that of the 173+/193+, not to mention the 770P/970P, yet the portrait mode is available. The screen can be lowered almost to the level of the desk, but you can’t flip it backwards or place horizontally as you can with the 173P+. The screen of the 760BF can be deflected backwards by no more than 30 degrees. The monitor is folded up for transportation, but forwards rather than backwards.

The connectors are located at the back of the base, under the raised part that resembles a carry handle (well, you can really use it as a handle if necessary).

So it is rather easy to plug in the connectors because the “handle” is above them and does not intervene, but when the monitor stands on the desk, the connectors are almost invisible.

The monitor does not have a separate D-Sub connector, but this doesn’t mean it takes in only digital signal. You can attach either a digital cable or an adapter from an ordinary D-Sub (included) to the monitor’s DVI-I connector. The power adapter is external – a standard 14V power source of Samsung’s monitors.

There’s only one button of the monitor – the Power button. It can also be used to switch between the analog and digital inputs. To set the monitor up you must use the Windows-based MagicTune utility. The current version of the Linux-based DDCcontrol program I mentioned above does not yet support the 760BF or the 960BF. The Power button is highlighted with a soft blue LED at work.

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