Date: May 3rd, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product were donated by: Samsung Canada
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SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 151B 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.
Having been the proud owner of a 14" to 17" standard CRT monitor, I was curious to see what a TFT monitor would bring to my workdesk at TweakNews.net. I have briefly used TFT monitors in the past, but never had a chance to really try them out and see if the features and advantages of the new technology is really worth the purchase. Well, after about a week trying Samsung's new 15 inch model, I will never go back to a standard display again. Seeing that I am a head editor & hardware reviewer, I have to spend many hours a day in front of a monitor. The eye-strain alone is painful and exhausting, and many a night, I have had to retire to bed physically quite awake, but my eyes were so tired, I just needed to rest.
After trying out this beautiful TFT from Samsung, my eyes have never been as comfortable. The eyestrain is gone, and for one thing, productivity is up. I never knew how much uncomfortable CRT monitors are after you have been away from using them for a week. Visiting a friend's place, I had to use his computer for a bit and yes, he owned a 19" CRT monitor. Even with the refresh rate pumped to 85Hz, I felt a little qweasy after only 20 minutes of use and had to leave after a half an hour. My eyes just couldn't take it. I don't know whether it was the radiation from the monitor, or just the fuzziness of the text, but I just wanted to go home and use the TFT again.
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 inforcing 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 151B contain's features like:
-1024 x 768 max. resolution
-16.7 Million colors
-Full 15" TFT Viewable Screen
-Built-in Multimedia Speakers
-Built-in Power Supply
-Very Low Electromagnetic Emissions
-Contrast Ratio 300:1
-80 MHz Bandwidth
-Plug & Play
-Sync Type: Separate H/V, Composite H/V & SOG
-Optional USB Hub
-Weight less than 10 lb
-3 Year Warranty Parts and Labour
-3 Year Warranty Backlit
The best way to explain a Samsung's beautiful monitor is a good pictorial.
For a monitor of such small dimensions, the packaging is quite hefty. But everyone knows what this means, good protective packaging.
Just a quick photo of the packaging and attention to care Samsung provides to it's customers.