CRT and LCD monitors are the getting replaced with LED ones. The latest we put to the test was Samsung’s Sync Master SA350. The 23-inch display is well designed and fits into any surrounding. Although there is nothing revolutionary about the design, it still looks elegant. A broad glossy black bezel runs around the corners, blending into the translucent edge that reflects the colours from the background.
The SA350 sits comfortably on a circular stand with a stylish hook at the back. The stand’s broad base is sturdy and prevents the monitor from getting knocked down. Even the hook at the back is a bit raised to hold on to the wires. At the back are the power, VGA and HDMI ports—the last has to be bought separately.
The Full HD monitor offers crisp and bright colours. For the best experience, we upscaled the resolution to 1920 x 1080p. On a lower resolution, the screen felt a bit stretched. The controls are through six touch sensitive keys on the right bottom of the display. The settings also include Samsung Magic Bright with predefined settings such as custom, standard, game, cinema and dynamic contrast. The cinema and game settings were bright with colours close to natural. There were vertical and horizontal position adjustments as well.
The Eco-saving mode can reduce the display brightness to 75 per cent and 50 per cent while saving energy. However, in this mode, the colours appeared washed out.
The SA350 has a wide viewing angle of 170 degrees. The colours were natural with HD videos and tests for colour, brightness and flicker also did not throw up anything abnormal.