Although LCD displays have largely taken over where CRT monitors once dominated, the technology behind the pixels is
rarely talked about. The Samsung SyncMaster F2380 widescreen LCD is a thin-film
transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) that improves picture quality over
the flood of inexpensive widescreen LCD panels that seem too good to
be true by use of a technology called C-PVA.
Now there are a lot of different ways of making the actual LCD
panel but three major types dominate the market. By far the most common TFT
LCD panel type is Twisted Nematic (TN), thanks to its low production costs and
decent colour transition times (usually called grey to grey response time).
Chances are if you're reading this on a LCD screen, you're using a TN panel
right now! You can check by looking at your monitor from below: brightness and
colour dimming dramatically from lower viewing angles are common traits of TN
In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD panels are the
least common, and were developed as a remedy for the limited viewing angles and narrower colour gamut of TN panels.
IPS panels are excellent for graphic design and colour-accurate imaging, but have much
slower colour response times so they are not good for games or fast-moving movies.
IPS panels are more complex to produce, so prices are typically several times more
expensive than an equivalently sized TN monitor. This is why some 24" LCDs
are $600, and others just $200.
SyncMaster F2380 monitor isn't based on either TN or IPS technologies.
Instead it uses a LCD pixel alignment technology called Patterned Vertical Alignment (PVA).
PVA panels offer better viewing angles than TN-based LCD panels,
and better contrast ratios and response times than high-end IPS-based LCD panels. It's
a compromise that gives you the best of both worlds!
SyncMaster F2380 23" LCD Display
Screen size: 23"
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
(dynamic contrast 150,000:1)
Viewing Angle: 178°H/178°V
Interface: (2)DVI, D-sub
Response Time: 8ms
Dimensions: 54.5 x 47.6 x
DVI and Analog video cable, AC power cable,
In this LCD display Samsung have introduced a new
technology called Circular Polarization Patterned Vertical Alignment (C-PVA),
which is a variant on PVA technology that gives the SyncMaster F2380 LCD
attributes appropriate for moderate graphics professionals. The use of C-PVA technology means the 23" widescreen SyncMaster F2380 can achieve 178° / 178° horizontal /vertical viewing angles, so colours won't shift or dim
if you move your head relative to the position of the monitor. The 23"
widescreen (16:9) panel has an anti-reflective coating and features a brightness rating
of 300 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 3000:1 (dynamic contrast of 150,000:1) and
an average 8ms Grey to Grey pixel refresh time. Samsung's 23" widescreen
SyncMaster F2380 LCD monitor is priced at $340
CDN ($320 USD, £200 GBP), one of the least expensive
PVA panels in stores.
Widescreen LCD for Work and
Since the SyncMaster F2380 is a
widescreen monitor, it has 1920 horizontal pixels to work with - making it ideal for entertainment uses
like movie watching and gaming. It can also be put to work in an
office environment, there's enough room to have a pair of windows open side by side (say,
an Excel spreadsheet and a Word document). The SyncMaster F2380 is about the
size of two 8.5 x 11 pages tiled horizontally, which is the ideal size for
this kind of work.
An additional tip: If you're using Windows 7, you can easily resize documents
to take up exactly one half of your screen with the "Win + Left Arrow/Right
Arrow" key combination.
The 3000:1 contrast ratio and 300cd/m2 brightness rating also means
that the SyncMaster F2380 monitor will have suitably black backgrounds and generally vibrant colours at its
the native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
The Samsung SyncMaster F2380 is HDCP compliant over both of its DVI
connections, but you can also connect it to a PC with a standard analog VGA
cable. The display does not have a built in USB hub.
The monitor ships with a DVI cable, VGA cable and a power cable. A
pivot/swivel stand supports the Samsung SyncMaster F2380 offering vertical
height adjustment, tilt, swivel and landscape-to-portrait rotation. The stand
removes with a basic phillips screwdriver so the F2380 can be mounted to a 100mm
or 200 x 100 VESA arm or wall plate quite easily.
Power consumption is pegged at a reasonable 45W when the CCFL backlight is
powered up, and just 1W in standby mode. There is also a physical power switch
to cut down on phantom power consumption, the power supply is self contained in
the back of the screen.
Monitor Control Panel
The first stop on every LCD monitor review is the control panel. Good control
panels are nice, bad control panels can make adjusting an LCD quite a chore.
|There are six control buttons underneath the
Samsung SyncMaster F2380 display panel. The buttons are labeled facing the
viewer, and from left to right are: Menu, Contrast/Down, Brightness/Up,
Source, Auto and Power. |