Date: December 18th, 2006
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a stroll around this new monitor and check out its' interesting features.
Moving from the top to the bottom, you will see that this monitor is packed full of great features for everyone.
1.) 178 Degree viewing Angle:
Gone are the days where you had to view a LCD monitor directly from the front to get a decent picture. This monitor boasts a 178 degree viewing angle and from my own tests they aren't lying. This monitor has more viewing angle than any monitor I have previously tested.
2.) MagicSpeed: With an advertised refresh rate of 6ms, this monitor should be a capable gamer, but you will have to see how this monitor faired in the upcoming sections.
3.) MagicContrast: This monitor has an insanely high contrast rate of 1500:1. Do you notice a difference over a standard monitor with a 700:1 ratio? It is immediately noticeable. To me it is too bright and I have to turn the settings down to make it comfortable to use.
4.) MagicRotation: As with about 80% of the monitors on the market today, you can rotate the screen from landscape to portrait viewing for longer document viewing without the constant scrolling. A lawyer would love a monitor like this.
5.) USB 2.0: As you will see in the upcoming section, this monitor has a built in USB 2.0 hub for added convenience. Great for the average consumer users with USB components.
To start off, first you will notice this version of the 971P is stepping away from the solid gray and solid white color choices which are popular today and going with all black. Samsung chose not to just go with matte black, but to also cover the black with a layer of high gloss plastic to give the monitor a very refined and expensive appearance. The closest thing I can use to describe the finish would be the high gloss finishes you see on some pianos. The monitor also has a bezel which is under and inch but I won't be going into much detail on that when most monitors today are following a thin bezel approach to make their monitors look bigger.
Although the base doesn't have any rotational mechanism, the rest of the monitor is very adjustable. You have three hinge points that allow you to position it at 90 degrees or completely flat on the desk if you work standing up.
The back of the monitor has a rotational mechanism that allows you to change the monitors viewing position from landscape to portrait. You can use the software provided to make the change, but most videocard drivers from Nvidia and ATI have this function built in.
Moving onto the base, the front right portion has the incorporated power button. The button is touch sensitive and no pressure is required to turn the monitor on. When on the clear portion surrounding the button will illuminate a rather bright blue color.