Date: March 19th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL (cont'd)
This was a standard feature 4-5 years ago on most of Samsung's LCD monitors and for some reason was removed and now has returned. I guess the consumer does like the flexibility and the ability to view longer documents when needed.
Moving onto the connections, the choice is simple, you have one power connection seeing the power supply is integrated and you have your two video connection choices. Through testing I found that to the naked eye, there is little to no difference between either of the video connection choices so upgrading your videocard so you can use a DVI connection is just not required to enjoy the full visual capabilities of this monitor.
SOFTWARE INSTALLATION & MONITOR SETUP
First install the monitor driver and then move onto the other software programs and install them all without restarting until the last program. Then restart your computer and go to the Natural Color icon that will be by your clock in the taskbar.
Once you have installed the Natural Color software, you can adjust the color properties to perfect match the colors they represent in real life and also match the colors perfectly to your color printing. Although this utility could be handy, I never had to use it. Colors were perfect right out of the box.
Moving on to the Magic Tune(tm) Software, you can also adjust the color, use the software's preprogrammed presets or adjust the brightness manually.
Next is the contrast. With a contrast ratio of 8000:1 Dynamic (1000:1 typical), you will be more than likely reducing the contrast a bit seeing it is so bright at stock settings. Follow the instructions and set the contrast to you taste.
Next is the resolution. I won't be commenting on this too much seeing you will want to set it to the maximum resolution of 1680x1050 and you will not want to reduce it any lower.
If you don't want to bother going through all the setting separately, you can use the software's Setup Wizard which will walk you through all the main settings and will have you setting your monitor up perfectly within about two minutes.
I will state again that I really didn't need to use this software and stock defaults were absolutely perfect. It is all up to your personal preference whether you will need to change any of the properties. For most people it will be perfect right from the initial press of the start button.