For the evaluation of the Samsung SyncMaster F2380's display quality, PCSTATS
used a standard Monitor Test application which outputs various test patterns,
solid colours, and different grey scales from which to construct subjective
image quality comments. These include contrast, colour luminance, brightness and
Moire. Ghosting is subjectively tested in a gaming environment. The monitor test
parameters are: resolution 1920x1080, 32 bit, 60Hz, 6500K, DVI
Viewing Angles: Viewing angles are rated at 178° horizontal,
178° vertical for the Samsung SyncMaster F2380 LCD display. The monitor retains
the brightness and colour accuracy even from extreme viewing angles thanks to
its C-PVA panel.
|From head on the monitor is bright and
shows no signs of vignetting around the corners.
|While this picture shows some
chromatic moire in the upper-left quadrant, that's a result of the
photography, and not present during regular viewing.
|From horizontal angles dim segments of
the monitor's picture actually become brighter, with certain amounts of
light bleeding through the sides.
|The same effect happens from opposite
viewing angles, with slight changes to the brightness and hue of dark
areas of the screen.
Brightness and Contrast: The Samsung SyncMaster F2380
has a high static contrast ratio (3000:1) which results in bright white test
bars over a suitably black background. Be mindful of which Samsung MagicBright
setting you select; some options make the screen too bright, others too
dark. Under the Gaming mode the transition white test bars were distinguishable,
but the 1-9 percent black test patterns not as clearly defined, for example.
Colour Vibrancy: The white, red, green and blue
test screens were equally bright and vibrant. All test images were even across
the entire screen. Colour saturation on the whole was fine. No visible dull,
stuck or broken pixels were detected.
Non-native Resolution: The native resolution of the
SyncMaster F2380 is 1920x1080. We tested several non-native resolutions and
found the image dithering/image scaling decent, although at non-native aspect
ratios (16:10 and 4:3) text tended to look blotchy.
Moire: All Moire test patterns displayed fine and
without any background interference.
Gaming / Fast Moving Image / DVD playback
The Samsung SyncMaster F2380 monitor was tested with a fast paced FPS game
and the results were poor, with ghosting and smearing evident during turning.
The SyncMaster F2380 LCD panel is rated for 8ms Grey to Grey pixel response
rates, significantly slower than most LCD displays based on TN-panels.
Activating the Dynamic Contrast option does result in what seems like a
brighter, more contrasting screen, but the effect isn't perfect. In bright
scenes darks can become difficult to make out, and in dark scenes light areas
often look washed out. It's best to leave dynamic contrast off.