Date: May 24th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Samsung Canada
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SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 151MP 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.
Yes, yet another TFT LCD monitor review from the boyz at Tweaknews.net has hit the Internet. This round we will be looking at one of the most versatile TFT monitors in Samsung's lineup, the Samsung SyncMaster 151MP. All in one components, such as the ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder Videocards, the Shuttle BareBones computer system, etc. have been one of the most successful product genres in the computer market as of late. Well, why wouldn't they be? They offer everything, great performance, great value and and a feature list as long as your err, umm, arm, yes arm, that's it =).
Samsung too has a line of TFT LCD monitors that also subscribe to this trend. They offer features like built-in cable TV capability, built-in speakers (with good sound quality also), remote control and a whole bag full of more features I will leave for the features section just to keep you reading =). Samsung Canada was kind enough to allow me to test a 15inch sample of this multipurpose monitor for the Tweaknews.net reading population.
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 151MP contains features like:
- 1024 x 768 max resolution / 85Hz
- NTSC, S-Video, TV Tuner Built-In
- RCA Video & Audio, S-Video, Antenna Connector
- Picture In Picture Capability
- Full 15" viewable screen
- Built-in Multimedia Speakers <-- (and decent sounding ones too!)
- Most advanced image scaling
- Fast and accurate auto adjustment
- 140/120 Viewing Angle (H/V) <-- (Practically can look at it sideways)
- Little electromagnetic emissions
- Absolutely no flicker <-- (Thanks to a great refresh rate of 85Hz)
- Metallic Silver Color
- NUTEK & TCO '95 certified
- Weight Less Than 10 Lbs
Let's take a look at these features...