Date: July 17, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Samsung Canada
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SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 152T INTRODUCTION
This review will assume that you know the basics of TFT (Thin- Film Transistor) LCD Displays. If you need more information on the technology behind this monitor, I have found a website that concisely breaks it down for you HERE.
Samsung's TFT LCD monitors range in size from 15inches to the colossal 24inch variety. The size choice depends on two factors. One, how large of a computer desktop do you need for all your day to day activities and program use. Two, how big is your wallet!! Out of the two, the cost variable usually takes over the decision and forces you to become at ease with a smaller desktop if you save some money. Face it, the technology is the main draw to a LCD purchase.
Today I will be reviewing what is touted by Samsung to be the thinnest 15" monitor on the market today. Can they get thinner, well, after you see this unit, you will start to doubt it. This unit is TINY and the nice thing is that you do not sacrifice image quality for size. Sweet and Small, kinda like a Calvin Klein(r) model =O. Sorry, got a little off track there.
SAMSUNG COMPANY PROFILE
Head Office Corporate Information
Samsung delivers management reform through New Management to maintain high international competitiveness. SAMSUNG is dedicated to contributing to mankind's quality of life. The year 2000 will be declared as the First year of Samsung Digital Management to speed up the digitization of all areas of management with an ultimate objective to become a leader in the digital age of the 21st century. Samsung has continuously improved its financial structure by increasing profits, reducing costs, and enhancing brand image. SAMSUNG's stability and development potential are universally recognized.
Canadian Corporate Information
After only a decade of growth since first entering the Canadian market in 1987, Samsung Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has emerged as the market leader. We are growing in Canada by about 20% per year and continue to build a strong presence in every market we enter. Operating as part of Samsung's Americas group, our Canadian operations gain considerable competitive advantage from Samsung's local Americas R&D, manufacturing, and technical support. Samsung Electronics in Canada focuses on consumer electronics and information systems products. Consumer electronics began in Canada in 1987, followed by IS in 1992. The information sales division has grown 61% since 1992. Samsung has introduced a wide range of IS products into the Canadian market, which include hard disk drives, CD-ROM drives, printers, fax machines and monitors enforcing its leading market position and fast year-over-year growth with a strong local presence and reseller network to serve Canadian consumers from coast to coast. Samsung is building a strong presence in Canada as it has all over the world.
What can TFT LCD Technology do for me?
Below is just a small list of what TFT LCD technology can do for your small business or home environment.
1.) Radiation - TFT LCD technology virtually eliminates radiation which is emitted from normal CRT monitor and can promote a healthier computing environment for your children at home and/or your work environment.
2.) Low Power Consumption - LCD monitors have a power consumption of about half of the equivalent CRT monitors. Imagine having a corporate building with 500 monitors in your business, the savings in power cost is said to pay for the monitor in about three years.
3.) Colour - Colours on LCD's are much more vibrant that CRT monitors.
4.) Physical Size - One of the main advantages is the size difference. LCD monitors cover about 30% of the desk area than a standard LCD.
5.) Viewable Area - Now here is the kicker, if you buy a 17" CRT monitor, it's safe to say that you will have an actual viewing area of about ~16". Now, when a TFT LCD is said to be 17", the viewable area "IS" 17", which is a far more honest approach to marketing.
Samsung's SyncMaster 152T contains features like:
-15inches of Viewable Area (Equivelent to a 16" CRT Monitor)
-1024 x 768 max. resolution @ 75Hz
-0.297 Pixel Pitch
-Response time: 25ms
-160 Degrees Horizontal / 150 Degrees Vertical Viewing angle
-Digital & Analog Interface
-Separate DC Adapter
-16.2 Million colors
-Full 15" TFT Viewable Screen
-External Power Supply
-Very Low Electromagnetic Emissions
-Contrast Ratio 450:1
-Plug & Play
-Sync Type: Separate H/V, Composite H/V & SOG
-Optional USB Hub
-Weight less than 3.5 kgs
-3 Year Warranty Parts and Labour
-3 Year Warranty Backlit
Enough of the boring numbers, let's get on with the real bread and butter of the review...