With a sticker price of $390 CDN ($400 USD, £190 GBP), the 19"
Samsung Syncmaster 971P LCD monitor PCSTATS looked at in this review
is priced towards the upper-end of the 19" LCD scale. Yet, compared to
average 19" screens, the 971P offers wide 178/178 degree viewing angles, a
gorgeous 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a brightness value of 250cd/m2. Newer revisions of the 971P display have a 4000:1 contrast ratio.
We really love it when an LCD screen is
jet-black when it's turned on, and displaying a 100% black image. That has
historically been a reliable indicator of overall image
Syncmaster 971P's pixel pitch of 0.294mm is standard,
as is the native resolution of 1280x1024. Likewise, the 6ms grey-to-grey pixel
response time is pretty average these days. It ought to be quick enough
for FSP gamers.
Design and Style
There is no
denying that the heavily designed glossy Darth Vader black Samsung Syncmaster 971P monitor is visually
appealing. The picture is framed within a black glossy bezel, and from the
rear no cables are visible coming out of the LCD panel. I think the
971P should find strong adoption in retail and reception desk environments,
any location where the outward appearance of a business is critical.
clean black lines and lack of buttons make the Samsung Syncmaster 971P
novice proof. Set up is a snap, so long as your PC has a DVI video connector. I can't
see how the 971P can be hooked up incorrectly, or deliver anything less than a
perfectly calibrated image.
hinge gives the 971P a stable foothold with plenty of room to tilt forward or
backwards, and supports the screen steadily if you choose to rotate it into
portrait mode. The base doesn't have any side-to-side rotational features, which seems kind
of silly give that this could have been built into the hinge
where the stand meets the LCD panel. The two-port USB hub is a handy edition.
Unfortunately, if you wish to show a
colleague next to you something on the display, the entire unit, base and all,
will have to be turned. Whatever your orientation to the screen, the
971P's 178/178 degree viewing angles ensure a vibrant picture.
Where this LCD monitor falls short is in its
accompanying software package. MagicTune/Rotate just didn't work in our
Microsoft Windows Vista environment.... so just follow the advice we mentioned
earlier in the review.
Ultimately, the 19" Samsung SyncMaster 971P
LCD monitor is a well built and good looking display with excellent contrast
and good luminance. If it's time for you to replace an older display with an LCD panel, the Syncmaster 971P will fill that role
economically, without fuss, and look good doing it. We strongly dislike the software
package, but thankfully a DVI video connection all but
makes fussy software unnecessary.
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