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Samsung 960BF

19" LCD Monitors: The Spring 2006 Collection
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If you remember the Samsung 930BF, you must remember its rather dour appearance and entry-level plastics. Well, Samsung has gone back to the drawing board, and the Koreans' penchant for design is asserting itself more and more. The 960BF is a fine example of this sea change. Here's a sneak preview of the Samsung 960BF.

Diagonal measurement 19"
Native resolution 1280 x 1024
Contrast 700 : 1
Brightness 300 nits
Latency 4 ms (GTG)
Colors 16.2 M
H/V viewing angles 160/160
Loudspeakers None
Connectivity VGA, DVI
Design

The 960BF's gloss-white finish is superb. Its lines are fluid and dynamic. This monitor is entirely lacking in buttons for design reasons. It's the new trend with this maker's monitors. You'll have to take care with the plastics, however, because they scratch easily.

Ergonomics

Unlike what the photos seem to show, the 860BF has no height adjustment. There's only a tilt adjustment, with a comfortable range, on this model. All adjustments have to be made using Samsung's MagicTune software due to the lack of buttons. Unfortunately, if you're running Linux, you'll have to sit this one out, since the software is available only in Mac and PC Windows versions. The software is easy to use and met our expectations pretty well.

Connectivity

The connectivity is limited - only a dual VGA/DVI connector. But since anything else is often superfluous, we won't complain.

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