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Date: October 12th, 2005
Article by: Matt Mantle (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL


So let's take a closer look at this monitor!



From the front its admittedly not much to look at. Big, yes, but nothing too flashy or ritzy - this monitor is totally designed around function.



You'll notice the main power button bottom centre, surrounded by channel and volume controls, and bordered on each side by the speakers. The website's information is a bit lacking here, as it fails to specify whether these speakers are 5 watts each or 5 watts total, but after listening to them, they're fairly respectable, but nothing to phone home about. Really, what can you expect from such a small speaker though.



The first thing you'll notice about the rear side of the 930MP is the impressive array of input connections there are (more on that in a moment). As well, you'll see that even the rear sticks to function - simple, well designed and with only a few air vents at the top. Though the air vents weren't many, they were placed right, and the monitor only gets warm to the touch, nothing more.



Looking at the connections, from left to right we have the power connection from the converter, DVI, RGB (D-Sub), Audio (for the monitor's speakers), Component-Ins for HD video (DVD, Digital cable, etc.), FM Antenna, Aerial, and the large one on the side is labelled EXT (RGB), also for digital cable or satellite, I believe.



While we're on the subject of inputs, there's still more! On the left side of the monitor, we find TV inputs, either S-video or Component input, as well as a headphone jack for the monitor speakers...should you ever need it.



Looking from the side, this monitor is THIN! Keeping with the stylings of its predecessors, the 930MP keeps it sleek and simple. This panel measures a mere inch and a half thick - not bad at all considering its size and function! And with the stand for the monitor being small, yet sturdy, it sucks up barely any more desk space then that inch and a half! Its always great when you can spot good, functional design right away.



There's a whole bunch of buttons on the side of this monitor, so let's take a look...this time from the bottom up. At the bottom, there's the standard MagicBright button found on virtually all Samsung monitors used to switch between default contrast settings, and one button I find to be very useful in fact. Makes it much easier on the eyes swapping between games and text. Above that we find PIP - Picture-in-Picture, used to have smaller screen within the first of pretty much whatever other input you feel like. Above that, the Source button, used to switch between the various inputs for the main monitor. Continuing, a multi-function button, used as an Enter button while you're in the Menu, or to turn on the FM Radio when you're not. FM Radio you say? Yes! Just hook up the antenna and tune in to whatever you please. Above that, an Auto-adjustment button, just press this and your screen adjests to full-edge by itself.

 

 


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