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Samsung SyncMaster 243T 24-inch LCD Display Review

Samsung SyncMaster 243T 24-inch LCD Display Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The included Pivot Pro utility offers good functionality for those who want to pivot the SyncMaster 243T's screen to portrait mode.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Feb 06 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Control Panel and OSD Menu

The row of six buttons along the bottom of the front bezel comprise nearly all of the SyncMaster 243T's control options. These buttons, from left to right, are: auto adjustment, menu exit/video source, MagicBright/menu down, brightness adjust/menu up, open menu/enter and the power button.A small status LED indicates when the 243T is on, experiencing signal problems, or in standby.

The auto adjustment feature was mostly unnecessary in our experience, as with tested with a DVI video connection that most consumers are likely to use, but worked as it should have. The source button selects between the analog and digital inputs with a single press and also functions as the menu exit button. The MagicBright button allows quick brightness changes between the current brightness level and three pre-programmed modes for text, web surfing and video respectively. The on screen menu allows adjustment of brightness, contrast, image focus, width, position and sharpness, colour settings and OSD options.

The monitor also features a 'hard' power switch on the back of the display. This is a nice feature which we do not often see on LCD screens.A Kensington lock receptacle is also integrated into the rear of the LCD panel, allowing the Syncmaster 243T to be secured if it is used in an open or public area for demonstrations.

Samsung ship the SyncMaster 243T display with a program called Pivot Pro. This utility is for dynamic display rotation when the 243T is flipped around from landscape to portrait display, so that the information on the screen matches the LCD panel orientation. The Pivot Pro software application allows users to take full advantage of the Syncmaster 243T's most novel feature - the ability to rotate the entire screen 90 degrees to the right, converting the display into a 1200x1920 portrait mode ideal for web surfing or document browsing and editing.

Also included on the one CD-ROM is Samsung's colour adjustment utility in addition to monitor drivers. The company's MagicTune utility was not included, however.

This means analog users may have a harder time correctly tuning the display to their liking, but we find it hard to imagine anyone consistently using the analog inputs on an LCD monitor of the 243T's class.

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Contents of Article: Samsung Syncmaster 243T
 Pg 1.  Samsung SyncMaster 243T 24-inch LCD Display Review
 Pg 2.  Innovative features like the Pivot
 Pg 3.  — Control Panel and OSD Menu
 Pg 4.  A closer look at the Syncmaster 243T
 Pg 5.  Subjective tests from using the display
 Pg 6.  Evaluation and Final Words

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