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Samsung Syncmaster 743B 17-inch LCD Display Review

Samsung Syncmaster 743B 17-inch LCD Display Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Samsung Syncmaster 743B LCD/TFT monitor PCSTATS is checking out in this review is clearly oriented towards individuals on a budget who aren't willing to skimp on picture quality.
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Visual Display Tests: MagicBright

Like most recent Samsung LCD displays the Syncmaster 743B comes with a little feature built into the control panel called MagicBright. This tool has several preset brightness/contrast/colour temperature settings for a variety of general applications. For example, when we select "text", the screen switches to a warmer image that isn't too bright, and thus is easier on the eyes. If work is over, choose "Movie" mode to bump up screen brightness as you sit back and watch a flick.

The MagicBright button is located on the control panel, and also accessible through the on screen display. MagicBright has pre-programmed modes to suit movies, text, sports, games, etc. For general desk work we recommend the 'text' setting which offers a good mix of brightness and colour temperature (~6500K).

On Screen Display menu

The OSD menu is neatly organized so it's easy to find what you're looking for. The only problem we encountered while navigating the Syncmaster 743B's OSD menu was the control panel keys. Without any tactile indicators for the up/down and menu/enter buttons we found ourselves more than once pressing the wrong key, or nothing at all.

The control panel on the 743B doesn't have physical buttons, instead it uses touch sensors. The OSD menu's are pictured below for those who want to see.


Gaming Tests

The Samsung Syncmaster 743B monitor was tested with a few rounds of Quake 4, and the results were as expected: the high contrast ratio of 1000:1 resulted in velvety black backgrounds and colourfully bright graphics. The Syncmaster 743B's screen is rated at a quick 5ms G-to-G pixel refresh rate, so rapid screen movements are ghost free. We did find that quick character movements had a tendency to result in a somewhat choppy picture however.

Magicbright settings were tested in the gaming environment as well, but the results were mixed.

When set to 'Dynamic contrast', the screen slowly pulsed from overbright to a completely dark image in Quake 4. The Syncmaster 743B is rated for a 1000:1 contrast ratio, but it can dynamically scale that up to 7000:1 in certain cases. We think the software has a hard time interpreting some shadowy areas in the game. PCSTATS would just as soon leave Magicbright alone while gaming, the 'game' display presets is totally fine.

LCD Screen Evaluation Notes

Test parameters: Mode - Custom, resolution 1280x1024 32 bit, 60Hz, 6500K, DVI connection.

For the evaluation of the Samsung Syncmaster 743B's display quality, PCSTATS uses a standard Monitor Test application which displays several test patterns, solid colours, and different grey scale patterns for subjectively analyzing visual aspects. These include contrast, colour luminance, brightness and Moire. Ghosting is subjectively tested in a gaming environment.

Brightness and Contrast: The Samsung Syncmaster 743B has a 1000:1 contrast ratio which results in bright white test bars over a very dark background. From head on the transition between 1%-9% white test bars was visible, but the shallow vertical viewing angle affected this if we viewed things from too low to the center of the screen. No significant light bleeding was detected around the corners of the screen.

Colour Vibrancy: All colour test screens were bright and vibrant, and even across the screen. Colour saturation on the whole was fine. No visible dull or broken pixels were detected.

Non-native Resolution: The native resolution of the Syncmaster 743B is 1280x1024. We tested several non-native resolutions and found the image scaling acceptable. Text remained legible and undistorted, edges were smooth and not blurred.

Moire: There were no noticeable background noise in the moire test pattern when using a DVI signal.

Nice 17" LCD Screen, But A Little Pricy

First and foremost there's not much of a technical or price difference between the Samsung Syncmaster 743B and the 19" Syncmaster 943B LCD display PCSTATS previously reviewed. Do yourself a favour and spend the extra $30 to get the 19" model.

The Syncmaster 743B is a good an LCD display, but the price is a little high for a 17" monitor in this day and age; $260 CDN ($260USD / £130 GBP) .

On the technical front the 17" Samsung 743B features average 170/160 degree viewing angles, a gorgeous 1000:1 contrast ratio, a native resolution of 1280x1024 pixels and a standard brightness value of 300cd/m2. Samsung's 743B is a pleasure to use, if only a little cramped in screen size. A 5ms pixel response time is a nice bonus for gamers, but we don't really see this panel as a gamer's monitor, it's better suited to office or SOHO environments.

Like the Syncmaster 943B before it, the Samsung 743B LCD display has a control panel without buttons. Instead, sensors are set behind the plastic to respond to your fingers' touch. It can be hard to tap the correct button without hitting its neighbour, and it's difficult to read the dark-grey icons much of the time. Samsung could improve usability by adding tactile features.

On the whole PCSTATS found the Samsung Syncmaster 743B to be a nice mainstream 17" LCD display to work on. The control panel takes some getting used to, and there isn't a USB hub, but the screen itself makes up for these shortcomings. If a 17" display is exactly what you need, the Samsung 743B is a great display to consider. However, for a your money, we'd recommend the 19" Samsung 943B model.

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Contents of Article: Samsung Syncmaster 743B
 Pg 1.  Samsung Syncmaster 743B 17-inch LCD Display Review
 Pg 2.  Closer Look at the Samsung 743B
 Pg 3.  Adjusting the Monitor
 Pg 4.  — Visual Display Tests: MagicBright

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