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Samsung SyncMaster 932BF

This model is an updated version of the Samsung SyncMaster 932B, differing from its predecessor with a faster, RTC-enabled matrix. It is a rather ordinary monitor otherwise, although with a remarkable design:

With its deliberately rounded-off outline, the SyncMaster 932BF looks like a TV-set rather than a PC monitor. Tastes differ and some people may not like this design, but I guess the manufacturer’s attempt at being original should be appreciated. There will certainly be users who’ll love this sleek and smooth exterior. As a certain drawback, the glossy plastic of the monitor case gets soiled just too easily.

The stand is original, too. It is fastened to the case without any locks or screws – the top part of the stand is just inserted into the rubberized groove in the bottom of the case. This seems unusual at first, but the stand keeps the case steady and provokes no problems when you assemble/dismantle the monitor.

Easy to guess, this stand limits your adjustment options to changing the tilt of the screen only.

Unfortunately, this sleek and curvy exterior design is not compatible with VESA mounts.

The connectors are hidden in an oval recess in the back panel: analog and digital inputs, and a connector for the integrated power adapter.

The monitor’s controls are hidden on the bottom edge of the case. Their labels are pressed on the plastic of the front panel. They are barely visible on the black-colored case, but are readable on the white version of the monitor. Quick access is provided to the MagicBright feature, to the brightness setting, to the auto-adjustment feature, and to selecting the video source.

This is a standard menu of Samsung’s monitors. It is user-friendly and problems-free. You can use the MagicTune program as an alternative to the monitor’s own menu.

By default, the monitor has 100% brightness and 75% contrast. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white, I lowered them both to 55%. The monitor controls its brightness by means of pulse-width modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 330Hz. The backlight is generally uniform, but has darker bands along the left and right sides of the matrix.

The monitor copes with color gradients perfectly. Darks do not merge into black at any values of contrast. When the contrast setting is set at 90% and higher, lights merge into white.

 
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