Date: June 1st, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
During the next couple of pages I will be walking you through the several features I found useful and interesting with this inexpensive LCD monitor.
The base is unattached to save on packaging and box dimensions. This allows the package to be slightly bigger than a large briefcase so you can easily carry it home. All you have to do is slide the monitor into the base and turn it over and screw in the attachment lock. It is pretty painless and assembly should take you no more than 20-30 seconds. Just be careful when turn the monitor over to turn the lock screw.
Once you have the monitor upright, you can stand back and have a first look at your new assembled monitor. The monitor aesthetics are very plain with no frills. Keeping things simple keeps manufacturing costs and prices down. The thin outer bezel measures in at 1.5cm for the top and sides and the bottom panel is only 2.8cm.
The monitor panel itself is not as thin as some of Samsung's more expensive models with a measurement of 6cm, but it is still much thinner than the 20cm including the base. The monitor is very stable but do take some care when rotating seeing there is no rotational mechanism in the base. The monitor panel cannot be rotated but it can be tipped back close to 35 degrees if your working environment requires a non-standard orientation.
For cable management and a tidy desktop, cables can be brought through the open rear portion without upsetting the stability.
The rear connections are very straight forward. You have a connection for the power seeing the power supply is internal, and you have a connection for the lone analog video signal cable. This monitor is single connection analog only which should cater to most of the consumers in the LCD market. Before you write this monitor off as being inferior because it is not digital, please realize that analog technology visual quality in my mind is almost neck and neck with the more expensive DVI option. All I use is LCD monitors for working and gaming and I do have both types and I would be lying if I said I could see any real difference between them. One thing I like about analog is the ability to adjust brightness and contrast directly through the front panel whereas with digital, most of the adjustments have to be done through the videocard drivers. Constantly going deep into your videocard settings to fine tune these setting can get a little tedious after a while. Trust me, I know.