VIS­UAL TREAT

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL & PHO­TO­GRAPH BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

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.

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