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Samsung SyncMaster 915n

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

    MagicTune program lets you tweak settings with a mouse (instead of buttons) on this otherwise bare-bones monitor.

Samsung SyncMaster 915n
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

The SyncMaster 915n appears to be something of a departure from Samsung's usual feature-packed monitors. This model, stripped down to the basics, delivers decent screen quality and one of the lowest prices ($399 at testing time) we've seen on a 19-inch monitor. Our jurors found the 915n's text display clean, albeit slightly spidery. In our graphics tests, it showed clear text and accurate-looking images on our test screen of a Web page. The 915n earned ratings of Very Good for text and Good for graphics.

Though the SyncMaster 915n won't win any design awards, our review unit felt durable. The 56-page manual is complete and neatly organized--a blessing because the controls were a bit difficult to understand without it. Cryptic, hard-to-see symbols identify the skinny buttons that control the screen adjustments; even a dab of paint to make the symbols stand out would be a welcome improvement. Perhaps Samsung expects us to forgo the buttons altogether and use the included MagicTune software to adjust the screen with the mouse instead of with buttons--not a bad idea. MagicTune is a nice surprise in a low-priced monitor.

The Samsung SyncMaster 915n offers good image quality and button-free screen adjustment at a notably low price.

Samsung SyncMaster 915n


19-inch screen, 1280-by-1024 native resolution, 13.2 pounds, one analog input; tilt adjustment; TCO'95-compliant. Three-year warranty (including backlight); 24-hour daily tech support.
$399
800/726-7864
www.samsung.com

Laura Blackwell

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    MagicTune program lets you tweak settings with a mouse (instead of buttons) on this otherwise bare-bones monitor.

    Pros

    • Screen adjustment software

    Cons

    • Little in the way of features
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