Samsung 193P Review - Stand-up Performance

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

Performance

As always the meat and potatoes of any monitor review is how the display looks.  This is the most important part of any display and unfortunately it is also the most subjective. What looks astounding to one person may look bland to another, so bear in mind that while I try to take a balanced look at this monitor, it is still just my opinion.  With that out of the way lets get down to business with a list of specifications from Samsung's Canadian website.

  • Viewable Image Size: 19"
  • Brightness (Typical): 250 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Viewing Angle (H/V): 178 / 178
  • Response Time: 20
  • Interface: Analog/Digital
  • Horiz. Frequency: 30-81
  • Max/Native Resolution: 1280 x 1024
  • Emissions Standard: TCO '03
  • Available Colour: Silver 
  • Special Features: Ultra narrow bezel and slim design, dual hinge stand, dual CPU input, pivot technology, buttonless design, MagicTuneâ„¢, MagicBrightâ„¢

MSRP: $1,209.00

As I said earlier in the article, I am a very light sensitive person, so I set the LCD to where it was comfortable for my eyes and then set the contrast accordingly.  I will note my experiences using this monitor in some of the more common applications.

Photoshop

I use photoshop often in my job of designing webpages. Using Samsung's 193P the text was nice and clear, but the colors seemed a bit washed out compared to my CRT.  Also it seemed a bit grainy to me, but this is a common affliction of LCD and it was not very noticeable. The larger screen was very nice when dealing with all of those toolbars that photoshop uses.

Visual Studio (programming)

Programming is a very high contrast task involving a lot of text. Even though this is a 19" viewable screen I still found most text a bit small at 1280 x 1024. 

Gaming

I enjoy playing the odd game, so I was curious to see how this display would perform.  At 20ms refresh rate it was fast enough to play Battlefield 1942 but still too slow to play UT2004.  I'm sure it would be just fine for most RTS games, but I wouldn't recommend it for faster FPS games.  The blur factor was most noticeable in areas of high contrast.

DVD / Movies

I watched several movies using this monitor and I really have no complaints.  The color seemed good, and I didn't notice any blurring.  The larger screen size certainly made a difference compared to my 17" CRT.