Samsung 915N 19" LCD Monitor - Performance Testing

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Samsung 915N 19" LCD Monitor
Performance Testing

Performance:

At last we get to the meat and potatoes of this whole review. Namely, how does this monitor perform. Lets start off first with a list of the specifications.

  • Viewable Image Size: 19"

  • Brightness (Typical): 300 cd/m²

  • Contrast Ratio: 700:1

  • Viewing Angle (H/V): 160 °/ 160°

  • Interface: Analog

  • Horiz. Frequency: 30-81

  • Max/Native Resolution: 1280 x 1024

  • Emissions Standard: TCO '99

  • Available Color(s): Black

  • Special Features: Built-in power supply, MagicTune, MagicBright, MagicSpeed.

The contrast ratio of 700:1 is fairly good while the brightness is much more than adequate. In fact, I was able to use it as a spot light to aid the installation of a graphics card while in a darkened room. I am not sure why companies make their LCD monitors so bright. I have to run this monitor at 20% just to get it to a comfortable level. In my opinion the brightness is overkill. The overall brightness consistency was good, but I was able to perceive a slight change at the edges of the screen. Things seemed to be a bit darker. When my friend took a look at the monitor he commented on this as well. However it is only slightly noticeable and depends a lot on the angle at which you view it. Speaking of angles, this monitor must be viewed practically head on. As with most LCD, when viewed from an angle the color changed quite dramatically. The only other weakness I noticed in this monitor is in the VGA connection. The cable that is included is rather thin and so is prone to electrical interference. Most of the time it was not noticeable at but, but I was able to clearly discern it while viewing a pure black screen. This can be easily solved by using a higher quality VGA cable. Other than this minor annoyance I can find no fault in the basic functioning of this monitor.


Text:

I do a lot of text work, from the writing of this article to coding databases for corporations. So it is very important to me that a display is easy on the eyes. All of the specifications and features can go right out the window if a monitor is hard on your eyes. The 915N seemed a bit softer than other monitors, with pixels that were a little less distinct. This is not to say that the display was fuzzy or out of focus, in fact it seemed very crisp to me. Maybe the pixels are packed a bit tighter in this monitor, or maybe it is a tad bit more blurry than some other displays, but for whatever reason I found this monitor very easy to read and write text on.

Video:

I used this monitor to view quite a few hours of Divx and DVD video and I must say that it was a much better experience than with my older CRT. Colors were better, scenes were brighter and I experienced no ghosting whatsoever. I wish that I could post pictures of my viewing, but my 2MP camera just would not do it justice.

Gaming:

When I first hooked up the 915N I noticed a slight ghosting while playing UT2004. Perhaps ghosting is to harsh of a term. It looked a bit different. After several rounds of play my eyes were accustomed to it and I had no problems using it for tournament play. Believe me when I say that I am a hard person to please when it comes to gaming displays, but I very happy with the 915N. It also scales to lower resolutions very well since I play most of my games at 1024x768. With its 8ms refresh rate this monitor will handle everything from the fast action shooters to the frantic action RTS games with ease.

Conclusion:

The Samsung 915N is a great all around midrange LCD. While it does not have as many features as some of the higher end models (DVI, swivel), it does incorporate many good qualities for a very decent price. I found that the adjustments were excellent, the construction quality was great and it performed very well in high speed games. I used this display to write copious amounts of text and found that it was very easy on my eyes while still being crisp and clear. As with any product there are downsides as well. I noticed a bit of inconsistency in the brightness and I wish this model had come with a DVI interface or at least a more robust VGA cable. The high brightness level seems like overkill as well. However the downsides are small compared to the upsides, and I would not hesitate to recommend the Samsung 915N to anyone in the market for a new 19” LCD.

Pro's

  • High speed refresh great for games
  • Lots of menu adjustments
  • Easy on the eyes

Cons:

  • Software doesn't work under XP 64
  • Noticeable brightness change in the corners
  • No DVI interface, thin VGA cable

 

BensCustomCases.com Rating
Quality:
9/10
Performance:
9/10
Software Pack:
8/10
Stability:
10/10
Features:
9/10
Value:
8/10
Total Score 8.8

 



We'd like to send out a special thanks to Samsung for firing over the LCD to review.  It is one of the best we've seen.

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