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Samsung SyncMaster 180T 18.1 inch LCD Display

Samsung SyncMaster 180T 18.1 inch LCD Display - PCSTATS
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Abstract: The titanium-silver and grey colours of the display not only make it jump out at you, but make old fashioned CRT displays look positively ancient.
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Samsung SyncMaster 180T 18.1 inch LCD Display
It's about time the cases and coverings of our most used computer equipment starting showing itself off, rather then just blending in with the beige walls. Take for instance this 18.1" TFT display from Samsung. The titanium-silver and grey colours of the display not only make it jump out at you, but make old fashioned CRT displays look positively ancient.

Image is everything with a display, and the 180T has several features designed to ensure a first rate picture. Equipped with both a DVI and an Analog video adapter the TFT display is capable of connecting to two independent computers. Switching between A or B brings the feed in from either the Analog or DVI hookup after a momentary refresh.

The LCD panel carries itself well with a 0.28mm dot pitch (best we've seen is 0.264mm) LCD panel that boasts a good contrast ratio of 220:1. The 180T has proven itself perfect the work-hardened dot-comer punching out 80-hour work weeks.

Samsung SyncMaster 180T Display:

  • 18.1" Diagonal Viewable Size (a-si TFT active matrix display)
  • Dot pitch of 0.28mm
  • Contrast Ratio: 350:1
  • Luminance: 220cd/m2
  • Viewing Angles: 80/80/80/80 (up/down/left/right)
  • Consumes 45Watts power
  • 1280x1024 pixel resolution, analog and DVI connection
  • Weighs approx. 9.51Kg
  • External universal power supply (100-240 Volt AC)
  • Comes with: CD-ROM, 6 foot power cord, 15-pin D-sub analog video cable, DVI video cable, manual, AC-adaptor.
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • My first impressions of the 180T were as close to awe, as I have ever been for a display. It is just a massive display, and of course, so very, very flat. Since I normally work with a 19" ADI E66 display I figured the switch to an 18.1 LCD would be a bit of a downsize, but this wasn't the case. As many of you are already aware the actual screen real-estate on a CRT is usually a bit less than the 15, 17 or 19 inch unit of measure it is sold by.

    That difference is on a parallel to what is currently happening with naming conventions for DDRAM (i.e. PC1600 for 100MHz and PC2100 for 133MHz). CRT's have generally been measured from the glass edge to the glass edge, rather than by just what was visible. That the plastic bezel obstructs some of that glass (which doesn't display any images either way) doesn't really matter. Marketing is driven by bigger and more desirable numbers, and a 17" CRT display sounds better than a 15" LCD display even through in reality they are just about equal in terms of screen real-estate.

    In any case, with the 18.1" 180T side by side to my trusty old 19" ADI E66 it was easy to see that the screen size was essentially the same for both displays. That is not to say they are equal in any way though. While the screen size is on par, the 180T is a scant two inches or so thick. The ADI on the other hand is almost nearing two feet thick (okay, okay that's slightly exaggerated).

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    Contents of Article: Samsung 180T
     Pg 1.  — Samsung SyncMaster 180T 18.1 inch LCD Display
     Pg 2.  Analog and DVI
     Pg 3.  The sexy display
     Pg 4.  SyncMaster 180T Specs
     Pg 5.  TFT Display Evaluation
     Pg 6.  Evaluation Results & Conclusion

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