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.
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.
SyncMaster 180T Display:
Viewable Size (a-si TFT active matrix display)
Dot pitch of
Contrast Ratio: 350:1
Viewing Angles: 80/80/80/80
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.
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