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-- Samsung Syncmaster 192T LCD
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2003-08-07
-- Price: ~ $959.00 USD
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  There is another new feature on the 192t we have never seen before in our reviews.  A new feature called Magic Bright is offered in this model.  What Magic Bright basically does is increase brightness when picture and video are being played and lower it when surfing or viewing text.  Instead of constantly shifting the brightness level up and down, they are 'pre-set' for you with a single button.

   As usual, the other OSD (On-Screen Display) options are the same.  Samsung has not shifted much in this department since the OSD is simple and to the point.  The auto adjustment option is still there, one of our more loved options from Samsung.

   We put Magic Bright to the test by setting up a text document and DVD playback and seeing if this feature offers anything worthwhile.  Here are two shots of the text file and video (The Matrix DVD) in their 'max performance' modes. 

   We tried to get better pictures of each setting side by side in a digital photo, but the slight brightness in quality was not captured well at all with our camera.  In person, the difference is very noticeable between text and entertain settings.  The Matrix has a lot of darker colors, but the the fast action will put this unit to the test.

   For gaming purposes, we fired up the UT 2003.  As with all LCDs, there is slight ghosting between areas of extreme darkness and brightness.  The unit is rated at <25ms in response time.  Some people have mentioned the response time plays a huge part in the ghosting affect.  Some people also have 16ms units that exhibit the same issue.  But overall, the action was smooth and playable with little effect from ghosting affecting game play.  We ran the game at native 1280 X 1024, 32bit without any problems.  These tests were done using both the analog and digital connections, which we have noticed to have little to no difference between each other.

   Overall, the 192t delivers a packed punch in the 19" LCD market.  Not only is the design of the unit sleek, the added features of Magic Bright into the mix makes this a LCD to own.  With dual video capabilities, it caters to both analog and digital users with a flick of a switch.

   Samsung strives to provide quality at affordable prices and this unit doesn't fail in that aspect.  If you are in the market for a 19", definitely give this monster a try.



Pros:

  • Large visual real-estate
  • Easy to use controls/options (OSD)
  • Sleek design
  • Magic Bright feature


  • Cons:

  • Slight ghosting, nothing major
  • Base of the unit tends to want to spring out way too often

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