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Samsung LTM405W Tantus 40" LCD Television Review

Samsung LTM405W Tantus 40
Price Check: $/£/€
Abstract: The aptly named Tantus measures 40" diagonally, making it currently the largest LCD HDTV compatible television on the market.
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Filed under: Home Theatre Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Aug 17 2003   Max Page  
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Worlds largest LCD Monitor - 40"

Ultimately you'll be the coolest kid on the block if you hook up the Samsung LTM405W to a DVD player or HDTV signal, but thanks to a generous assortment of inputs round back we can use the display for much more practical reasons. The Samsung LTM405W comes equipped with DVI port that connects directly into a computer just as a desktop LCD monitors do.
The Samsung LTM405W will connect via its' DVI port to any computer with an analog or DVI video connection. The display properties must be set to 1024x768 @ 75Hz or lower on the computer.

Among the bundle of cables which arrive in the large LTM405W box there are a set of DVI-to-DVI and DVI-to-Analog video cables. Because LCD display's are digital devices, it's always best to use the DVI port if your computer or videocard is equipped with one.

If your computer lacks the white DVI port never fear, the LTM405W works just about as well with the analog video signal. As a computer monitor, the largest resolution the Samsung LTM405W will support is 1024X768 @ 75Hz.

Icons, text and images are rendered very clear on the LCD screen so it can be viewed from far away quite easily. We connected a computer to the Samsung SPL4225 Plasma display a while back and tested out its computer display capabilities, but I have to say the Tantus LTM405W is far superior for this task.

The Samsung LTM405W transforms quickly into the worlds largest LCD computer monitor. Though, with a maximum (native) resolution of 1024x768 pixels, icons and text on the screen are quite large. Hence, any individual using the Samsung LTM405W for a computer monitor would not benefit from a larger screen real estate than what is available on standard 17" monitors, just one larger in size.

When it comes to illustrating points to a large group of people (say, showing off a new software application at a boardroom meeting) the Samsung LTM405W is first rate. Because the computer's desktop is displayed at the native resolution of the 40" LCD (and this is very significant to image quality) text, icons, and images are shown very crisp and legible. Image dithering usually causes computer screens which are being pumped through larger rear screen, or plasma display's, to loose some of their clarity. Thankfully that isn't the case with the Samsung LTM405W whatsoever.

On a side note, persons with vision disabilities who need to use programs which blow up the size of text on the computer screen by several hundred percent could find the 40" LTM405W display quite handy, assuming they can afford the price tag.

The half-screen PIP option is good, but there is a fare amount of picture distortion to meet the constraints of the slim screen size. We like the other PIP option (left) better since it displayed the second feed under a true aspect ratio that wasn't distorted. A movie playing in the corner of a WindowsXP desktop may seem small, but on a 40" screen it is roughly 16" across!

A few clicks of the Samsung LTM405W remote and we even had PIP of a DVD off in the far right corner - and at very nice resolution I might add. The only draw back is that PIP is limited to basically one size, or half screen. It would have been useful to be able to adjust the size of the PIP screen beyond these two options, and I can only hope that future revisions will address this.

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Contents of Article: Samsung LTM405W
 Pg 1.  Samsung LTM405W Tantus 40" LCD Television Review
 Pg 2.  Difference in picture resolution
 Pg 3.  — Worlds largest LCD Monitor - 40"
 Pg 4.  Integrated Speakers, nah!
 Pg 5.  The Remote Control
 Pg 6.  On Screen Menus
 Pg 7.  Conclusions

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