The Samsung SyncMaster 932GW is a glossy-screened LCD that produced top-notch text and graphics, but too few features and its price kept it from a higher rank.

Samsung, a prolific manufacturer of LCD monitors, enters the 19in widescreen market with the strong Samsung SyncMaster 932GW. It produced sharp text and fine graphics, but it's pricier than its competitors and offers few extras or physical adjustments.

Although consistently good on most of our image-quality tests (with an overall performance score of Very Good), the Samsung SyncMaster 932GW is particularly strong at displaying readable spreadsheets and luscious colours, such as those on a picture of glazed fruit slices and berries.

Samsung opts to put a glossy screen with an antiglare treatment it calls MagicClear on the SyncMaster 932GW. Indeed, almost all of the monitor's surface is glossy, from the bezel to the stand. (Samsung includes a cleaning cloth for the monitor's surface.)

The company also provides many combinations for setting the Samsung SyncMaster 932GW's colours through a good, easy-to-navigate onscreen display (OSD).

The Color section of the OSD alone has four submenus for MagicColor, Color Tone, Color Control, and Gamma. The buttons located at the bottom of the Samsung SyncMaster 932GW are labelled appropriately for their dual OSD functions, although we had to squint at or lean into the bottom to read the small letters and icons. Functions include MagicBright, which is a set of brightness presets for viewing text, web pages, games and movies.

Then there's MagicTune, the bundled software that replicates all of the OSD functions, including MagicBright presets. During our tests, we found that the familiar software interface was more navigable and easier to understand than the hardware OSD controls. You can also download MagicTune from Samsung's website, but you must use Internet Explorer. Also bundled with the SyncMaster 932GW is NaturalColor, which lets you calibrate colours to match print output or manage monitor profiles.

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The Samsung SyncMaster 932GW is a glossy-screened LCD that produced top-notch text and graphics, but too few features and its price kept it from a higher rank.

We found movie colours sensationally rich when we viewed scenes from 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King'. The bright display added to the ethereal quality of the movie segments, which were dominated by soft-focus close-ups and seemingly glowing elves. Compared with other 19in widescreens, the video was slightly grainy.

But it exhibited beautiful contrast, revealing deep blacks and other dark colours. Yellows, oranges and reds were especially satisfying in scenes where those colours dominated.

The monitor has a low enough height that one could forgive the lack of cable management, although we were disappointed that it provided tilt-only adjustment.

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Samsung SyncMaster 932GW: Specs

  • 16.7 million colours
  • point size: 0.2835 x 0.2835
  • 1440 x 900 resolution
  • 300 cd/m²
  • 3000:1 (static 1000:1)
  • Viewing Angle Horizontal/Vertical: 160° / 160°
  • 2ms waiting time
  • Video Inlets/Type: DVI, RVB analogical
  • Frequency Page: Horizontal: 30-81 Khz, Vertical: 56-75Hz
  • Max. Consumption: 42 Watts
  • 449x374x199mm with stand
  • 4.1kg
  • 16.7 million colours
  • point size: 0.2835 x 0.2835
  • 1440 x 900 resolution
  • 300 cd/m²
  • 3000:1 (static 1000:1)
  • Viewing Angle Horizontal/Vertical: 160° / 160°
  • 2ms waiting time
  • Video Inlets/Type: DVI, RVB analogical
  • Frequency Page: Horizontal: 30-81 Khz, Vertical: 56-75Hz
  • Max. Consumption: 42 Watts
  • 449x374x199mm with stand
  • 4.1kg

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung SyncMaster 932GW has a strong and consistent performance, despite a high price and a dearth of extras.

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