Samsung's SyncMaster 957MB helps users help themselves, with a handful of features that make it easier to optimize the picture for a variety of multimedia tasks. At $300, it's fairly expensive for a CRT, but it's also much cheaper than a similarly sized LCD, and it's a better performer than most of the other 19-inch CRTs weÃ‚'ve tested. We think it's worth the extra dough.
The SyncMaster 957MB looks like any other putty-colored CRT but for a few minor touches: the bezel is slightly narrower than that of other displays, running just more than an inch on the top and the sides and two and a half inches along the bottom; there's a small, tasteful, periwinkle parabola on the top panel; and four of the onscreen menu buttons are arranged in a cute flower configuration.
Setting up the SyncMaster 957MB is straightforward. It comes with a pamphlet that explains how to install drivers, plus a fat, multilanguage booklet with instructions on how to connect the monitor. Best of all, the included CD user guide goes into further detail via an extremely navigable Web page interface.
On top of its few design embellishments, the SyncMaster 957MB has a handful of interesting extra features that separate it from the pack. For users who wonÃ‚'t bother with a monitorÃ‚'s image-adjustment settings--that is to say, most users--Samsung offers three useful MagicBright presets, which you launch via a dedicated button on the front panel. The MagicBright settings calibrate the brightness, the contrast, and the color temperature specifically for viewing text, Internet pages, or entertainment applications, such as DVDs and video games. We found that it worked quite well.