Date: December 17th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Samsung Canada
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SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 241MP 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.
So, you want bragging rights. You have the latest video card, the fastest processor overclocked to blistering speeds complimented with as much ram you can muster to squeeze into the available slots on your motherboard that can do pretty well everything other than take your dog out for a walk. How about your monitor? Is it the everyday CRT? If yes, shame on you!!! What I will be reviewing today is THE largest multifunction TFT LCD on the market. This TFT does everything from DVD's to TV and yes, as a minor point, you can use it as a monitor and a huge one at that.
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.
A small overview from Samsung:
"The SyncMasterTM 241MP is perfect for video and audio professionals looking to produce digital content material for computer video games, film and HDTV production. The MP allows users to create combinations of real video and animation and combine these elements using computer-based tools. A true multimedia display, the MP is also designed for general non-linear video editing. It offers analog RGB and CVBS video input, component video, S-Video, HDTV capability and includes a modular TV tuner with an antenna connection for cable TV and satellite viewing."
- Viewable Image Size: 24"
- Brightness (Typical): 270
- Contrast Ratio: 500:1
- Viewing Angle (H/V): 170 / 170 degrees
- Interface: Analog
- Horiz. Frequency: 30-85 Max
- Native Resolution: 1920x1200
- Emissions Standard: TCO'95
- Available Color(s): Silver
- Special Features: HDTV Ready, Component x 2(YPbPr) C-Video, s-video
For an indepth look at the specifications, check out Samsung's site HERE.
Width: 24.3 inches
Height: 18.6 inches
Depth: 8.4 inches
Enough of the number spilling, let's get on with the real part of the review.....