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Samsung SyncMaster 930MP - LCD TV/Monitor - Samsung SyncMaster 930MP
The LCD panel is a 19in unit with a native resolution of 1,280 x 1,024. Now, although I generally prefer LCD TVs to be widescreen, a screen like this is likely to be used as a PC monitor most of the time, so I’d rather have a 4:3 screen with a 1,280 x 1,024 resolution than widescreen monitor with only 1,280 x 768.
When it comes to image quality, the 930MP puts in a pretty good performance overall. In general use the image is bright and the colours fairly vibrant, while the viewing angle is excellent in both vertical and horizontal planes. Watching video and playing games proved to be no problem at all, despite the somewhat conservative 25ms response time.
However, firing up DisplayMate showed that the 930MP does have some shortcomings, with the main issue being an inability to display smooth tonal gradations. The 256 Intensity Level Colour Ramp showed staggered banding throughout the range, while the 256 Intensity Level Ramp showed the same issues throughout the greyscale range. The Colour Scales showed a uniform dropping of intensity, with every colour fading in a uniform manner.
But it’s worth remembering that even if DisplayMate highlights some quality issues with a screen it doesn’t necessarily mean that these issues would affect everyday use. The gradation issues with the 930MP might be a problem for someone who regularly does a lot of high-end image editing, but to be honest, that type of person is unlikely to be looking at a 19in TFT with an integrated TV tuner. And even if you do the odd bit of image editing, I had no problem using the 930MP for editing and cutting out images used on TrustedReviews. But it has to be said, that I've seen better image quality elsewhere - even from Samsung.
At the rear there’s a plethora of connection options. There’s a DVI-D port that’s HDCP compliant, and thoughtfully labelled so. At least this means that you’ll be able to watch copy protected HD content on this screen. There’s also an analogue D-SUB input, along with a mini-jack audio input for pumping your PC sound through the integrated speakers. If you want to connect up a high-end DVD player, there’s a set of component video inputs, along with a pair of RCA ports for stereo audio. Although I’m always pleased to see component inputs on a screen, I’m not sure I’d go to the trouble of connecting my DVD player to a 4:3 screen, and I'd be far more likely to play a DVD movie from my PC if I was using the 930MP.