Its versatility doesn’t end with the connectivity either, there’s also plenty of adjustability in the excellent stand design. There’s a generous amount of height adjustment, along with tilt control, pivot and rotation. Moreover, despite its relative size and weight the quality of the stand ensures the panel remains stable and easy to adjust whenever it’s required. Styling is also easy on the eye, being simple yet classy thanks to a nice slim bezel and an all black casing. As ever, there’s an elegance and simplicity to Samsung’s monitor design that’s always pleasing to see.
Upfront there’s the usual array of OSD control buttons, with a blue LED backlit power button and shortcut buttons for switching sources and activating picture-in-picture options. Among these is also a button for activating the ‘MPA’ (Motion Picture Acceleration) function, on which we’ll go into more detail later. As for the OSD itself, anyone who has owned a Samsung monitor will be familiar with the layout and on the whole it is nicely laid out and easy to navigate. First is the input menu, which obviously enables you to switch between inputs and rename them should you so desire. Here you can also find output information, enabling you to check if a device is outputting the desired resolution and so forth.
Next is the picture menu, which gives you access to the MagicBright presets as well as the contrast and brightness controls. Available presets tend to change based on the input in use, but during normal PC usage over DVI you can choose between Custom, Text, Internet, Game, Sports, Movie and Dynamic CR – the latter or which enables the dynamic backlight.
Another sub menu is Size, from which you can change the aspect ratio based on the resolution being outputted. So, if you’ve got a console outputting at 1080p you can set it to a 16:9 to prevent the display from scaling the image to its native 16:10 aspect ratio. This we can confirm is also a genuine 1:1 pixel map, with no cropping or cutting involved. This means you get proper 1080p without any scaling, though any resolutions below this will be scaled while maintaining the correct aspect ratio.
One step further down is the MagicColor Pro menu, providing a veritable smorgasbord of options for those who want control over every aspect of the colour settings. There’s a menu titled Color Innovation, which boosts colour to add vibrancy and contrast. There are several modes, including Custom, Mild and Brilliant and Demo, which splits the screen in half to show the difference. When enabled, Color Innovation seems to bring out blues and reds with greater impact and though the Brilliant mode was a little much, the Mild setting proved quite advantageous when watching video.
In addition there are several colour tone presets, including Normal, Cool 1, Cool 2, Warm 1 and Warm 2. We’re slightly perplexed as to why Samsung has chosen not to list colour temperature ratings here and the lack of an sRGB colour space preset is disappointing, however there’s plenty of scope for adjusting settings manually and much of this can be controlled using Samsung’s own software and display drivers. Rounding things off in the OSD is the picture-in-picture settings dialog, with general setup options bringing up the rear. Among the general settings options, it’s worth noting you can adjust the power button LED if the brightness annoys you in the dark.