I've just purchased a new Samsung Syncmaster PX2370 and it doesn't seem to be displaying text the same way as my old Apple monitor. On the Apple monitor text looks a little stronger and more detailed where on the Samsung monitor text looks weaker and less readable (see below screenshot). Can anyone explain this? Are there any ways to fix it?

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    How did you take the pictures? Are these screenshots or from a camera? – Nitrodist Mar 28 '11 at 19:55
  • What @Nitrodist said. If these are screenshots the difference is in software which means it has nothing to do with the monitor. If this is in Windows, MAYBE your ClearType settings have something to do with it... – Shinrai Mar 28 '11 at 19:57
  • @Nitodist these are screenshots. Same computer two different monitors – jwerre Mar 28 '11 at 19:57
  • It doesn't have anything to do with the screenshot. These screenshots are displaying exactly what I see on the two different monitors. – jwerre Mar 28 '11 at 19:59
  • There can also be graphics card specific settings that you enabled per monitor to enhance the colors. I know Nvidia has these options (and fairly certain about ATI as well). – Nitrodist Mar 28 '11 at 19:59

Are you driving the Samsung at its native resolution?

LCDs are particularly bad when displaying images at something other than their native resolution.

The Samsung has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Make sure your graphics card is set to that.


  • Thanks Chris, yes I have it running at 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz – jwerre Mar 28 '11 at 23:13

Check your screen resolution, bit depth and color format settings (under advanced).

Their ought to be something in the monitor settings of Windows or your driver Control Panel that causes this.

  • Tom... the screen resolution on the Samsung is larger than the Apple – jwerre Mar 28 '11 at 20:05
  • Still, have you checked the other settings in both places? – Tom Wijsman Mar 28 '11 at 20:11

If the differences are visible in screenshots captured via software (as apposed to pictures taken of the screen) then they must be rooted in the OS, driver or application, not the hardware of the monitors. I would begin by seeing if different driver profiles are activated by switching the monitors.

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