Depending on the type of
monitor you have, and the amount of cash you doll out for it looks can
either be really important or just a secondary feature. Some monitors make an effort to look as snazy as possible, and others go for the bare minimum of features on the front bezel. The
750s conforms to the latter and has a simple and uncluttered bezel. As always,
the little plastic swivel base allows flexibility and custom positioning for the best viewing.
Resolution and picture quality with this monitor is first rate. We
increased resolution to the max value of 1024x768 clear and crisp. Next
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 Samsung 750s
didn't have these problems - or else we would have chucked it out the
bloomin' window! Colour quality and pixel definition remained sharp, and although there are only a few 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 on the screen.
The Samsung 750s operates at a conservative number of
resolution and frequency settings. However there is sufficient selection for a
17" monitor. Anything above a 1000pix would make the screen overly
difficult to read.
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