Rather than being a mere peripheral, today’s computer monitor is a multimedia tool used for everything from watching movies to creating professional-quality graphic design to editing photos and video. The discerning monitor owner will want to ensure that his or her display is as accurate as possible in terms of color, clarity, and other visual standards. Here’s what you should know.
Anatomy of a Monitor Image
When choosing a monitor, it helps to understand a bit about the different factors that go into a high-quality image.
The higher the display resolution, the sharper the image. For example, the Samsung Series 9 SB970 monitor supports WQHD (Wide Quad High Definition) resolution. At 2560 x 1440 pixels, the 27-inch monitor with a 16 : 9 ratio has a picture quality four times greater than that of a standard 720p HDTV monitor, so you’ll see every sharp detail of the image on your screen. The precise display and large area of the Series 9 SB970 make it great for viewing movies, as well as suitable for advanced professional applications such as graphic design or photo or video editing.
For the best viewing experience, your screen image must be uniform. A monitor’s non-uniformity correction (NUC) process moderates any differences in pixel sensitivity that could cause irregularities across the screen. The average conventional monitor’s uniformity is about 75 percent. At that percentage, the edges and corners of the screen might appear darker than the middle. The Samsung Series 9 SB970 monitor’s NUC guarantees more than 90 percent uniformity, so you see more accurate images all the way to the edge of the screen, not just in the center. For maximum control, the monitor even lets you adjust the NUC as needed.
Our eyes see images in a different way than digital devices do. Gamma correction of images is the process by which the digital encoding of an image is brought into line with how our eyes view the image. The gamma curve represents this encoding. (Even if you’re not familiar with that term, you’ve probably seen a gamma curve in simple photographic editing software.) A smooth gamma curve-like the one you get with the Series 9 SB970 monitor-means a very smooth gray scale, which results in accurate representation of sharp image details. With a smooth gamma curve, fine lines such as the individual hairs in your dog’s coat stand out clearly, rather than appearing as a solid color.
A monitor’s white balance correction capability is critical for accurate color. Together, white balance and color gamut are essential for accurate color reproduction. Series 9 SB970 users can control both the white balance and the color gamut settings; this enables the display of truer and more vivid images of everything from skin tones to the leaves on trees.
If on-screen image color accuracy is important to you, you should look for a monitor with calibration capability. The Samsung Series 9 SB970 monitor is professionally factory calibrated, and its Natural Color Expert feature enables you to even more precisely calibrate the white balance, gamma value, and NUC for the crispest, most accurate image. In addition, for professional-level color calibration and for recalibrating (which is sometimes necessary after years of usage), the Series 9 SB970 is compatible with a variety of commercially available calibration devices.
A Great Image for Your Desk, Too
While giving you best-in-class picture quality, the Series 9 SB970 monitor has a seamless, minimalistic design that will give your desk an equally distinctive, sophisticated image.