REVIEW: Samsung LE-32A656A1F Part 15
In PiP mode, only the position of the second window can be adjusted, whereby the user can select from the four corners. The size of the window cannot be changed. In Split-screen mode, either the entire height can be used or the images can be blended in with a black band above and below.
The LE-32A656A1F has an S-PVA panel from Samsung and this panel is supported using overdrive technology in order to increase the response time, which makes it possible for the LCD TV to achieve a response time of just 5 ms for grey-to-grey changes. We tested the responsiveness and thus the suitability for gaming of the model with the Sony PlayStation 3 and a PC.
Sony PlayStation 3
There is an "Entertainment" option in the OSD of the LE-32A656A1F, which offers the settings Off, Sport, Film and Games. The settings can also be changed using the "E. Mode" button on the remote control.
According to Samsung, the responsiveness for the respective mode should also be optimised. In practice, however, we could not perceive a significant improvement in performance.
Picture from the PS3 game "Ratchet & Clank - Tools of Destruction" (Resolution 720p, 1.280 x 720 justified and scaled to full screen).
Picture from the PS3 game "Motor Storm" (Resolution 720p, 1.280 x 720 justified and scaled to full screen).
We have no complaints regarding the responsiveness of the Samsung LE-32A656A1F, even when Entertainment mode is deactivated. The LCD-TV demonstrates only slight motion blur for fast movements, but that is all. We did not notice any lag in the playback of the image.
When it comes to motion blur, we should mention that this is caused by the technology used in LCD monitors and LCD TVs. The motion blur arises in the eye of the viewer (Sample-and-Hold effect) and is perceived to a different extent by every person.
The Samsung LE-32A656A1F also performs really well in PC mode. An entire list of resolutions is supported: D-Sub VGA (analogue) from 640 x 350 to 1.920 x 1.080 pixels and, depending on the refresh rate, up to 75 Hz.
Via HDMI (digital), you should use HDMI Port 2 for PC connection because this is intended especially for this purpose according to the manual. Then, resolutions of 640 x 480 to 1920 x 1080 are supported, but only in 60 Hz.
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