I then pressed the 'Source' button again until
'Component' was shown. The screen capture above is the tv guide used by the HD
cable box. As you can see, there are a few HD channels available for
I switched to HBO HD to watch the movie Grind. I noticed the
screen was pinched and squeezed as it was in a 4:3 ratio. To fix this, I pressed
the P-size button on the remote to change the display to 16x9.
The movie was a bit grainy, but that was most likely because it
was shot rather poorly. I switched to Discovery HD to catch up on some deep sea
Discovery HD offered a much better picture, everything was crisp
and clean at 1080i/60Hz. The above picture is of a asexual deep sea snail in
case you were wondering.
Here's a last shot of the local public access channel in HD.
With the increase availability of HD programming, the 930mp offers
quite an assortment of possibilities for your viewing pleasure. The unit also
offers FM radio reception with the included FM antennae.
You may notice I did not test gaming at all. At 25ms, it would not
work too well with my eyes as they are so accustomed to my 16ms units.
The main gripe I have with this unit is the abscence of a DVI
cable! At nearly $800.00 USD, you would think all cables will be
The PIP option is a bit weak as it only offers PIP with
off-the-air channels. I prefer not to attach another wire just
to get PIP working.
As with any HDTV set, viewing a non-HD signal causes the picture
to distort quite a bit. Viewing regular channels at even 4:3 ratio on the 930mp
is not that great. This is not the fault of the unit and ironically enough, the
manual clearly states:
"Viewing in TV mode may result in relatively lower picture quality
(compared to normal TV), as low-resolution TV signals must be expanded to fit
the high-resolution monitor"
That is alright with me, I'll stick with my HD channels.
Thanks to Samsung for sending over this unit for testing, another
sleek and useful unit!