Samsung SyncMaster 192MP LCD ReviewFormer staff writer - May 31, 2004
Well, we've all installed monitors. Plug in, turn on, install drivers and software and use. Voila! With this one, of course you can plug in your Cable and other peripherals as well. Fun stuff.
Software - MagicTune
Again with the 192MP we get the MagicTune software, a wonderful little piece of work that helps you tweak your screen.
Shall we review it again? I believe we shall!
The MagicTune software can be used independently, or can sit idly by in your desktop tray (default) waiting to be used. For something you don't particularly think about, the colour adjustments on your monitor can mean a lot in the long run of gameplay and deskwork. My particular job involves a lot of time in front of a computer screen, and it makes this software even more useful.
When you open the program, you're presented with the Display Screen. >From here you can either manually go through the three stages, or click on 'Wizard' to go through them automatically. On each screen, you're presented with a brightness/contrast calibration tool, each with just one slider to adjust. Simply follow the instructions, and you're set.
The next step is the 'Colour' tab, which takes you through 6 colour adjustments. Personally, I didn't have to change any of these settings, I didn't need to (now has held true for 3 monitors!). Simply adjust the box in the middle to the proper colour/brightness and repeat for all 6. The 'Show Me' button brings up instructions on how to manipulate the settings, and 'Quick View' shows all 6 boxes for quick reference.
After manipulating any setting, you are prompted to save it as the Default Preset (starts with the computer). The monitor allows for multiple User settings though, saved as a profile (one of which is the Default). This means if your computer is shared, you can easily switch between User settings, instead of having to goof around through the process again.
With any Preset, in the Options menu, you can use MagicBright to change between scenarios - Text, Internet, and Entertainment. These settings adjust the brightness and contrast automatically, allowing for a dimmer, easier on the eyes experience for reading and typing on Text, a moderate brightness on Internet (for reading and graphics) and the full range of colours and a higher brightness for Entertainment (movies and games). This quick switching ability makes eye stress a thing of the past. No more will you start twitching because you've been exposed to a bright white screen typing for hours, and movies become much cleaner. Again, after you change a setting, you'll be asked if you want to apply it to the Preset, but you can still select 'No' and use the setting - useful in situations where you want to switch to a different Bright setting for a period of time, but still have your default setting different.
The last tab - Support - has only one button, which checks online for updates with the MagicTune software.
The only addition to this is the extra button the 172X and 192MP boast, featuring a quick-link to the MagicBright option with the ability to quickly switch between the MagicBright settings, which was an incredibly convenient feature.