I've had this Samsung SyncMaster 997MB for about a year now and I'm not very happy with it. ..
The problem (well, there are several, but the one that irritates me the most) is that even when I set the brightness to the absolute minimum, I cannot get a true black. Normally, when you turn the brightness to zero on a CRT, it should look as though it is turned off. Playing games with dark pictures (like Thief or Doom 3) look washed out and grey. ..
ps - I have already tried every gamma adjusting method there is. There is a set level of brightness that this monitor simply CANNOT go below.
I have tested another monitor in my computer, and got the same problem, so I think that the problem isn't in my monitor, but in my video card. It is possible?
I have a eVGA 7800 GT PCI-E 256MB.
Another problem that I notice, is in desktop... in the right of the display, my files have too much bright... like this: http://i34.tinypic.com/2j3hf9j.jpg (Not exactly, this was edit in photoshop)
I need glasses, too. And if I am looking at a CRT, my eyes hurt, too. You should check if it's set to 100Hz (if it supports this). For me, a TFT is the only alternative (runs @ 76Hz), but I'd prefer a TFT anyways.