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Samsung HLN617W 61-inch DLP Television Review

Samsung HLN617W 61-inch DLP Television Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Samsung was one of the first companies to jump into the DLP display market, which is based on Texas Instruments revolutionary HD-2 DLP micro device.
 92% Rating:   
Filed under: Home Theatre Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Oct 20 2004   Mike Dowler  
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In use - Computer Display

Of course, as computer hardware guys, we had to see how the HLN617W would work as a PC monitor. We grabbed an Aopen EX915 XCube mini-PC also on the PCstats test bench (hey, it matched the TV!) connected it up, and preceded to test.

As we mentioned before, the HLN617W display has both DVI and VGA connectors for PC, so hooking it up was a breeze. With a few clicks of the remote, it is easy enough to bring up a DVD into PIP, and continue to work away on the PC desktop with the movie playing in the corner (as pictured above). It's also easy enough to keep the DVD playing as you load up a game like DOOM3 on this massive screen. :-)

We tested with a Radeon X600xt video card in the system, which has both DVI and VGA connections and the picture was excellent. With the DVI connection to the HLN617W and the resolution set at 1280x720, text was clear and crisp several metres away from the screen. None of the fuzziness we have come to associate with TV-out connections is present (nor should it be). With a wireless keyboard, writing a review using this 61" monitor would be a pleasure!

Supported PC resolutions run from 640x480 up to 1024x768. Three 'widescreen' modes are also available; 720x483, 1280x720 (our favourite) and 1290x1080i. The widescreen modes offer a fantastic amount of desktop workspace, and adjust well to most 3D games and applications. The HLN617W supports up to 32-bit colour.

We ran Doom3 through its paces on the HLN617W and we can report that the display would make an excellent companion for a multimedia/gaming computer. The HLN617W has easily the best computer display properties of any television PCstats has reviewed so far.

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Contents of Article: Samsung HLN617W
 Pg 1.  Samsung HLN617W 61-inch DLP Television Review
 Pg 2.  Introduction to DLP
 Pg 3.  Physical Attributes of the HLN617W
 Pg 4.  Audio and Video Inputs
 Pg 5.  On-Screen Menus and Settings
 Pg 6.  In use; HDTV, Gaming, and DVDs
 Pg 7.  — In use - Computer Display
 Pg 8.  Sound, Tehchical Conclusions

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