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Samsung SyncMaster 710N (12ms)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Monitor
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 7th December, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

SyncMaster 710N Observations

The SyncMaster 710N comes in an ultra thin bezel with a silver/black motif (other colors available include full black and ivory/black). The LCD panel itself is minimalist by design, with clean lines and a smooth, flat look. The monitor doesn't include a host of additional features like speakers, webcam and USB that most multi-function monitors today have. Not to say that these features aren't attractive, but the 710N goes back to basics and tries to excel at what a monitor does best. The slim bezels only measure 14mm at the sides, 17mm at the top and 25mm at the bottom. If you have a dual or triple head graphics card such as the Matrox Parhelia, the monitor should be an excellent candidate for multi-monitor displays. Indeed, it is exactly what one of the application areas that Samsung is targeting at.

The slim and clean design maximises the look of display real estate.

MagicTune is a software to control monitor settings through Windows instead of the OSD menu. MagicBright is a marketing term for preset brightness while MagicSpeed just refers to the 12ms response time of the panel.

The model we received comes with a telescopic pivot stand. As we understand, the 710N can also be fitted with a simple stand, without pivot functions. The LCD screen can be elevated through the telescopic stand, a useful feature if you require height adjustments, but its main function is to accommodate the pivot capabilities. With a 0-90° pivot, you can set the monitor to portrait mode, which is useful for surfing the web or viewing long documents. If so inclined, you could set it to odd angles like 45° as well, just for kicks. The monitor also has a swivel base, allowing a 0-350° turn. A downside we noticed is the minimal –3°/+22° tilting angles the stand allows. However, with the adjustable height, there should not be a problem getting the right angles in most situations.

With the pivot stand, protrait mode can be selected.

Pivot stand attaches to panel through VESA 100mm mount.

By removing the pivot stand, other desk or wall mounting compliant with VESA 100mm standards can be installed.

Plastic swivel plate is fastened to the base allowing up to 350° swivel.

Detachable cable-hook for better cable management.

The monitor buttons are built into the bottom right corner of the screen. They looked chiseled from the bezel and they blended in quite nicely. The labeling for each button is clearly engraved on the button itself, thus you should not have a problem with identification. We found that the buttons were responsive and had a nice spring/click feel to them. The up and down menu select buttons double as brightness and MagicBright function as well. MagicBright is a basically a marketing term used by Samsung for preset brightness settings in different situations. Options available are Custom, Text, Internet and Entertain. One thing we noticed is that the monitor has two buttons to adjust brightness directly but there were no contrast settings. You will have to navigate the OSD menu to adjust contrast. Users will need to note that all MagicBright settings will reset the contrast to 80.

From right to left, buttons include Power, Auto-calibration, Enter, Menu Up/Brightness, Menu Down/MagicBright and Menu.

Air circulation vents cover the top of the monitor.

The 710N has a Kensington lock slot on the back chassis for additional security

Built in AC power means you don't have to carry an adapter around. As the 710N doesn't support DVI, only a D-SUB socket is available.

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