One of the first things that can be
a bit daunting with a large monitor of the 19" variety is simply getting it out
of the box. The easiest way we've found to do this, and something we always
suggest is to remove the monitor by tipping the box over first. So long as you
have sufficient space to do this, it's a lot safe then trying to yank out
the monitor, and there is no chance of dropping it.
As always, the little plastic swivel base is attached next. In the case of the 95P, simply slide it into place until it
clicks. The base not only supports the giant screen but allows you to swivel
and adjust the orientation of the screen to suite your taste and viewing angles.
Resolution and picture quality with this monitor is
first rate. We increased resolution past the max value of 1600x1200 to
1920x1440 and the picture was clear and fairly crisp, but also unstable.
With the monitor back down to its maximum listed resolution of 1600x1200 we
turned up the brightness and contrast all the way to see what impact this had on picture quality. We've seen
some monitors crap-out when the brightness and contrast are maxed out. So much so
that the masking behind the glass becomes visible. Obviously the Samtron 95P didn't have
these problems. Colour quality and pixel definition remained sharp, and although there are only three pre-set colour temperatures the range
is fully adequate. A temperature of about 6500K looked to be the optimal setting as
it was not too warm, and not overly cold.
Colour temperature is specified in Kelvins, with 9300K representing the temperature of sunlight.
The lower the number, the more blue is displayed.
The Samtron 95P operates at a conservative number of
resolution and frequency settings. However there is sufficient selection on the
1000pix plus side. A CRT monitor refreshes the display
many times per second. The vertical frequency is the defining value as it
refers to the frequency with which the display is refreshed. Hence it is
called the 'Refresh Rate' and measured in Herz. Making a comparison for a moment
electricity from the wall cycles at 60Hz for most of the world. If a monitor
were set to this refresh rate the screen would visibly flicker. Generally a
refresh rate of 75Hz or above is used to reduce noticeable flicker. What
this equates to is a higher refresh rate is best, and anything around 80Hz is
horizontal frequency refers to the rate at which a horizontal line can
be scanned from its left to right end. The horizontal frequency
is the reciprocal of the horizontal cycle and is in measured in KHz. A
higher horizontal frequency is naturally required if there is to a higher
The various resolutions of the
95P are listed below:
Controls on the front of
the monitor are limited to the standard contrast and brightness
wheels. Additionally there is an assortment of arrow and function keys to help navigate through the on
screen display menu. What kind of onscreen controls does the Samtron 95P have, and
how easy are they to adjust?