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Samsung SyncMaster 240T 24-inch TFT Flatpanel Review

Samsung SyncMaster 240T 24-inch TFT Flatpanel Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Samsung 240T is obviously reaching out to the higher end markets and providing those users with a massive screen space.
 87% Rating:   
Filed under: Monitors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Jun 23 2002   Max Page  
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Wires and power bricks a plenty

The 240T comes with nearly 10lbs of wires, power bars and bits of kit. The main power supply for the display is gigantic and can get quite hot (maybe 30-40 degrees Celsius) after a few hours of continuous use. You can see it in the left hand picture here, and does look kind of silly with those four huge ferrite coils around the DC power cable.

Of course once all these wires are attached it gets to be a bit of a rats nest back there, and the speakers are probably the worst of it. On a side note, the 240T creates about as much heat as a 19" CRT because of the large back light.

Analog / DVI Connectors

LCD displays are on the cusp of a big swing in the way we connect our computers to monitors. With the launch of the Geforce 4 things have only accelerated, and now it is rare to find a video card without at least one DVI connector.

From the videocard level DVI can be adapted to analog, but not the other way around. Since the specs for the Samsung 240T list the maximum supported resolution under DVI 1280x1024 it seems this display is better suited for use with the analog connector. In reality we were able to work with 160x1200 @16bit color - so I'm not sure if this is a mistake or if we were just running the display out of spec.

Inputs and Outputs

The basic differences between the analog display adapter and the DVI (digital) display adapter in case you don't know is how the image is transmitted to the monitor. In the first instance, the analog version, the image is sent to the monitor as waveform (essentially). Since we're all accustomed to using CRT displays which operate on analog principles this was the perfect match.

However, when these same analog signals are sent to an LCD display - a device which only operates on digital signals - the picture much be digitally encoded before it can be processed and displayed. On the other hand, if you happen to be equipped with a digital output on your video card, the digital signals are simply sent right to the display to be shown on the screen.

While we couldn't detect any perceivable differences between the two types of video hook ups in terms of display quality (both were excellent) there are a few operational differences. An analog signal can be adjusted and tweaked to perfection, but a digital signal comes to the display perfectly. For example, just try to hit the auto adjust key while using the DVI connection.

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Contents of Article: Samsung 240T
 Pg 1.  Samsung SyncMaster 240T 24-inch TFT Flatpanel Review
 Pg 2.  Up Close and Personal with the 240T
 Pg 3.  Twin Speakers and Sound Features
 Pg 4.  — Wires and power bricks a plenty
 Pg 5.  On Screen Menus and Resolution
 Pg 6.  TFT Display Evaluation Notes
 Pg 7.  Final thoughts & Conlcusions on the 240T

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