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Samsung 150MP LCD Display-TV Review

Samsung 150MP LCD Display-TV Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The historic television and the cutting edge flat screen LCD display were married to form.... the TeleMonitor... or maybe the Monivision...
Filed under: Monitors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Jul 18 2001   Max Page  
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Features Abound

External Features

The 150MP breaks new ground on several fronts, not the least is the choice of colour and design it uses. The Syncmaster uses a two-tone, silver and navy-blue casing which is quite good at attracting attention. The power on/off switch is back-lit green or orange depending on the status of the display, and the rest of the control buttons on the front panel are touch sensitive. That means each of the eight control buttons will only respond to direct contact with a finger. A very cool feature that gives the display a high-tech James Bond feel. Four small status LED's tell the user what signal the display is set for; PC, V1 (S-Video), V2 (RCA), Cable (TV) and a few variants for picture in picture.

Adjusting the display itself

The range of adjustments the panel can accommodate are somewhat limited compared to other displays we have looked at previously. The LCD only tilts back 15 degrees, and will not tilt forward more than about 2 degrees by the looks of it. Since the entire stand is part of the panel, there is no need for a pivot mechanism.

The wonders of a built-in TV-tuner

It's really quite a change to watch TV on a flat screen. Having been bread to accept my favorite television programs are always delivered on a slightly curved screen the change is a substantial one the my eyes haven't quite become accustomed to. The 150Mp offers users the miracles of the V-chip along with full cable channel support for both North America and Japan. Since TV signals operate at a lower resolution than computer displays, the shrunken-down television picture is generally better quality in this regard.

With regard to the picture in picture capabilities it is important to note that the feature is completely removed from the computer, or video card. Everything happens right inside the display so no extra load is forced upon the processor or video card whatsoever.

Picture in Picture: Small Image

With PIP you can easily keep an eye on the TV as you work away. The picture size in this setting is a bit small to watch a program with, but a larger full-size setting will easily accommodate most people. Also remember the audio from the TV will automatically come through the built-in speakers too.

How well does the LCD panel display television pictures you wonder? Well good question. Keeping in mind that most LCD panels are limited to displaying just 16.7 million colours you might think that the quality and vibrancy of the picture would suffer. As far as most people are concerned there is virtually no difference between watching a television show on a cathode-ray tube TV verses that of a show on a LCD panel.

Is an LCD-TV better than a CRT-TV?

With the help of some good observation skills we were able to pick out just one area in the quality of LCD displays that differed from a standard TV. A CRT-based display shows the transition from a dark colour to a lighter shade as a very consistent transition. Whereas an LCD display will sometimes show the same image in a more stepped fashion. The effect is very slight, but if you compare two identical screens you can see some 'colour stepping' on an LCD display.

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Contents of Article: Samsung 150MP
 Pg 1.  Samsung 150MP LCD Display-TV Review
 Pg 2.  The SyncMaster 150MP's Full Specs:
 Pg 3.  — Features Abound
 Pg 4.  Looking at what you get
 Pg 5.  Remote and resolution
 Pg 6.  The Advanced On Screen Display
 Pg 7.  Display Evaluation Criteria
 Pg 8.  Evaluation Notes & Conclusion

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