|CRT Display Test
||Test Notes and Observations|
In this test where a square grid is projected onto the screen,
the 957MB tested nearly perfect from top to bottom, and side to side. There
was some slight bending a the top left corner however. In general, the flat face
construction of this display helps ensure excellent dimensional stability.
|Brightness and Contrast:
The 957MB showed nice contrast though 1%-9%
white, as well as maintaining an excellent 100% white test
block. The five point light test illustrated that the screen is indeed curved slightly at the outer
Vertical trace lines remain stable throughout the three bar test, and during the
full screen test there was no movement in the trace lines either.
The 957MB passed the test well.
The white test screen is bright and
very consistent over the full screen area as are the blue and red. The green
test screen was too yellow and not saturated enough which could cause some problems
with colour representation.
White test grids were perfect. The purple
test grid was perfect within the circle, but showed some slight loss of convergence at
the upper right hand corner. The yellow test grid exhibited similar loss of
convergence outside the grid circle, at the upper right hand corner. Finally, the aqua test grid
appeared perfect, and the RGB test pattern displayed very nicely within the test
grid circle as well.
Test patterns were clear and well defined in
all parts of the screen.
Resolution is best at the
center of the screen. At each of the four corners, the test patterns were good,
but not as clear as in the center.
Some moire lines were visible on the vertical line
test pattern at the outer edges of the screen. These lines were also visible on the checkerboards screen
Text was represented well at all
points on the screen. Where rounded tube CRT displays can cause
some fuzzy characters at the far corners this was not evident with the Samsung 957MB
at all. The screen, while not completely flat on
the inner surface was still very good at representing text clearly over the entire
In the end I can safely say that the Samsung 957MB flat face CRT monitor
has offered up a clear, and pleasant picture. The gentle curve on the
inside of the display will separate it from "true" flat face displays by
likes of LG, but really only on a marketing level.
In real world situations flat face CRT monitors are simply judged by how clear
a picture they are able to produce - and the SyncMaster 957MB does that just
superbly. The corners of the display have excellent readability, and from
standard viewing distances the display does in fact appear flat regardless of
its true dimensions. When compared side by side to an older curved screen CRT
display the Samsung 957MB has several other benefits; including better handling
of objects in the background which can reflect in the screen more noticeably
with a curved surface, and in general with the quality of the image.
Armed with an ultra fine 0.20mm dot pitch, the invar shadow
mask display is a pleasure to use. The 19" screen size is large enough
for today's applications, and at 1280x1024 resolution gives you a wide stretch
of screen real estate to work with. The Syncmaster 957MB will actually
support resolutions of up to 1920x1440, but 1600x1200 is the recommended figure.
Features like Highlight and Magicbright may sound good as you shop
through the store trying to decide between monitors, but in actuality they don't
really offer that much to the end user. I don't see very many applications for the
Highlight feature, though on the other hand I could see using the MagicBright to
quickly bump up the brightness of the display for movie watching. Of course, one
could just use the brightness setting to achieve the same result, but what fun
In any event, I rather like the Samsung 957MB display
which has been sitting on my desk for the last couple weeks getting a thorough
run through under typical office working conditions. Colours are represented well for
the most part, and above all the screen is simply a pleasure to use at 1280x1024
@ 90Hz. I often judge a monitor by the refresh and resolutions it can support,
and the Samsung 957MB has proven equally impressive in both fronts. A good buy
at only $370
Here are a few other articles that you might enjoy
CM810 21 inch CRT Monitor Review
2. Samsung F.A.
Porsche Design 171P LCD Display