Samsung 193P Review - Hear The MagicTune

Article Index
Samsung 193P Review
Hear The MagicTune
Stand-up Performance
Final Thoughts

Magic Tune

Since this monitor is controlled entirely without buttons, I thought it fitting to devote a section to the utility that accomplishes this.  First off let me say that in both DVI and Analog modes the monitor self adjusted to to fit the screen without any user interaction.  That being said the monitor being button-less is either a love it or hate it proposition.  I have several issues with it on principle myself.  First off,  when a user wants to adjust the monitor he/she MUST start the utility. So if the user is playing a game and wants to adjust the brightness he/she must close the game, adjust the monitor, and then restart the game. This shouldn't be too much of a problem, since this monitor is geared more towards the office user and not the gamer. Secondly, if the user is using an operating system not supported by "Magic Tune" such as Linux, the user will have no way of adjusting the monitor, thus rendering it useless. Lastly having a utility running in the background all the time eats up memory and cpu time.  Way to many applications today want to run in the background, and it is making peoples computers slower and slower. We do not need another one.

With all of my misgivings out of the way, lets take a look at the Magic Tune program itself and see what kind of adjustments it offers.  I won't spend a lot of time on these screenshots as most of them are self explanatory. Click on the image to get a bigger view.

Adjusting the contrast and brightness is easy and simple.  You should pay careful attention when adjusting the contrast as it is very important on an LCD to get this "just right".  Checking for updates is easy too.

There are several presets you can choose for different applications if you don't feel like going through the whole setup process yourself.

There are not a whole lot to choose from in the options menu, but it does allow to disable the tray icon if you so choose.  Also you can enable color calibration if you want to really tune your display.

All in all the Magic Tune program is fairly comprehensive and seems to do the job well.  However there are some issues with it.  When dealing with dual displays Magic Tune will not show any options unless dragged to the proper monitor, and this could be frustrating for the average user, because it doesn't display any sort of hint about what is happening.  Also when you click on the tray icon, the program automatically moves your mouse to the Magic Tune box.  This should definitely be an option as I despise programs that move my mouse.  I did notice that the monitor did retain its settings even when the Magic Tune program was not running.