Date: June 16th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Samsung
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What do you get for a mere $2,300USD, it better be allot, and Samsung
does not fail in getting as much value packed into this great piece of
As with any Samsung purchase, you will get a bag full of goodies. In
this particular bag, you receive the manual, the warranty registration
card, the necessary cables to hook the sound and video signal from your
computer, a remote control and the power transformer.
And after some minor unpacking, this beauty reveals its pretty head....
Man, Samsung's products just keep getting better and better. What cool
features does this TV bring to your home, well, here we go........
For one, this is one unique looking TV and should fit into any décor
With such a large purchase, you don't want the unit to be unstable and
tip easily. Well this base takes a considerable amount of effort to push
over and at the same time, does not take up your whole counter and/or
Connection options you say, well to start off, you have the S-Video/Composite
Quick connection block at the back bottom right of the monitor to allow
you to quickly hookup your VCR or Analog camcorder.
Is that it? Not by a long shot, if you flip the monitor, you will be
confronted with another 4 connection options. Five components hooked up
to the same monitor/TV, now that is what you call multifunction. Now,
all these components can be viewed in four different angles, Widescreen,
Panorama, Zoom and Normal. Pick the one that suits your viewing taste.
Just as a hint, Panorama is the best =). Throw in the fact that this monitor
is HDTV ready and has Virtual Dolby Surround, and you have a TV ready
for the future of digital viewing.
All the monitor functions can be accessed through the panel on top of
the TV or can be accessed through the fully functional remote control.
I prefer the remote and changing everything while resting in bed so I
don't have to get my lazy butt out of bed =).
Just to wet everyone's appetite, viewing your windows desktop at 1280x768
is awesome and is distortion and flicker free.
Or, maybe you want to play some Serious Sam, panorama style. I will have
to tell you, this monitor is amazing at gaming. I was playing the game
at about 100fps and there was no ghosting =O. Man, I just couldn't stop
playing. I recorded my gameplay time and it maxed out at 4 hours, and
that was standing up!!
TV viewing is very sweet with this monitor, no imperfections and overall
it performed flawlessly. (What Music Video is playing in this screen shot?)
The true test is playing a DVD in widescreen and checking out the clarity.
Well, take a look at this shot, not a pixel or blemish of any kind. (What
movie am I watching?)