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Samsung SyncMaster 730B LCD Monitor Review

Samsung SyncMaster 730B LCD Monitor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The SyncMaster 730B 17-inch LCD display is intended for mainstream budgets, and boasts an 8ms pixel refresh rate.
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Filed under: Monitors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung May 03 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Monitors > Samsung Syncmaster 730B

On Screen Control Panel

Samsung monitors traditionally have a good user interface as far as the on screen menus are concerned, and the SyncMaster 730B is no exception. Located at the bottom of the monitor, the control buttons are identifiable in standard office lighting, though because the graphics and lettering are moulded into the plastic in black, they can be difficult to decipher in dim light. Starting from left to right we find the Menu, MagicBright/menu down, Brightness adjustment/menu up, Enter/source, Auto adjust and Power buttons.

The auto adjust feature worked very well on the SyncMaster 730B and you could actually see the monitor testing out a variety of settings. When it comes to picture quality, the auto adjust feature pretty much hits the nail on the head and manual tinkering did not improve image quality when using the analog video signal. Auto adjustment is not needed when using a DVI video connection.

The MagicBright feature allows users to change the monitors brightness to preset values (web surfing, text, video, sports and movie) which is nice if you're working with different applications.

The OSD menus on the SyncMaster 730B are fairly comprehensive; the first menu that you're greeted with is the Brightness/Contrast control - the auto configuration is pretty good but if you want to change something here's your chance.

The MagicColor setting allows you to change the preset values to whatever you like. For instance if you're gaming you using MagicColor, you can change the brightness, colour tone, gamma, etc.

If you find your image to fine or coarse, here's the spot to fix things. You can also adjust the image location in this menu.

There are a few extra screen controls such as language (for the OSD menus), and the option to adjust the vertical and horizontal position of the image on the screen if necessary. The OSD menu can be set to transparency if you prefer, thus allowing you see what's behind it (hint, what's behind the OSD is so fabulously amazing that we can't reveal it here).

Enabling Auto Source allows the monitor to automatically detect the source of its image (Analog or DVI connector), should you make a mistake on any of your settings you can also reset the image quality and colour values back to stock.

Finally in information, you can find out what source the SyncMaster 730B is getting its image from, it's display frequency and resolution. Handy if you're trying to trouble shoot display problems. Note that 720x400 is apparently a POST screen resolution. :)

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Contents of Article: Samsung Syncmaster 730B
 Pg 1.  Samsung SyncMaster 730B LCD Monitor Review
 Pg 2.  A closer look at the SyncMaster 730B
 Pg 3.  — On Screen Control Panel
 Pg 4.  Subjective tests from using the display
 Pg 5.  Evaluation and Conclusion

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