Date: October 12th, 2005
Article by: Matt Mantle (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
Last but not least, the Menu button. When pressed, the Input sub- menu comes up first. Through this section you can choose the specific input connection you want to use at the moment. Also you will be able to access the picture in picture "PIP" functionality and what sources you want in each window. The edit name function is a relative mystery as to what anyone would really need this function for.
Next is the Picture Menu, allowing you to adjust the monitor's picture quality. The MagicBright settings which can be accessed through the right monitor buttons also can be accessed here and serve the same purpose. The other functions allow you to control the color depth and image position. The "Auto Adjustment" feature I find perfect to use when you need to set up your image alignment perfectly when initially finished installing .
After that comes the Sound Menu, controlling the monitor's speakers. The photo speaks for itself and no real further explanation is necessary. If you need to adjust the sound levels (which I find unlikely), you can access the adjustment features here.
Last comes the Setup Menu, which controls the miscellaneous settings for the monitor, including the format of the Menu itself. Basically, you're able to adjust and amend everything to your exact specifications - the Menu allows you to control everything with relative ease.
Last but not least the remote control, which really allows this monitor to break over to being a full-use television as well. Easy to use, well labeled and able to perform all the functions the Menu button would, its a nice addition to the package. Every feature can be accessed without even touching the monitor including swapping the PIP sources, volume levels, channel surfing, main video source changing and the list goes on. If you have ever used a remote control, you will become proficient with this device in no longer than a half an hour.
PRODUCT VISUAL QUALITY TESTING
Two Dimensional Work
Since I'm used to using an LCD monitor, the transition to this new LCD was not a problem in the least. Immediately after plugging in the screen adjusted to full size and the clarity on this screen is astounding! After seeing many different Samsung screens, this is a great one for text quality and ease on your eyes. Paired with the MagicBright function, this screen easily adjusts to the perfect contrast so that your eyes won't start hurting after an eight hour day.
One of the clearest screens I've used yet. In the picture you can also see what the PIP looks when activated.
Three Dimensional Gaming
This is where the 930MP stutters. Though the technology for LCD is always improving, Samsung has opted to go with a 25ms response time for this monitor, which means for most modern games there's going to be a significant amount of ghosting during high speed play. Even being used to an LCD monitor while gaming I could pick out where the 930MP dropped off. That means for those of you still using CRT to game with, if you're considering buying an LCD monitor, this is not the monitor to go with. It very much seems more suited to the home office type user, looking to use the screen solely for work purposes, with the added benefit of it being an LCD TV.
Speaking of LCD TV, the television quality of this monitor of course depends on a number of things, the most notable of which will be the change in quality from aerial to cable to digital or satellite - simply the quality of transmission will affect what you see on your screen. As I'm using normal cable, its a pretty standard picture, much akin to what you'd see on a normal television set. I wish I could say the quality improved, but that's not the case. Fortunately it didn't get any worse, and with the contrast ratio and viewing angle both being so high, the screen definitely lives up to being a higher end LCD TV as well as a fully functional monitor.