One of best advantages of Flatscreen LCD displays is
the small footprint they take up on a desk. With stands that need not be more
than abut 6" deep the space saving is significant. In the case of the 570S
TFT those space saving features can be extended even further. With the panel
being no more than 2.5" thick, and thanks largely to a removable stand, this display
can be hung on a wall or even paced in a drawer.
While this is not a rare commodity for this type of display, it does differ slightly in capability from the AOC monitor we've looked at previously. While the removable stand is one of the main differences in this
display, the use an AC-Adapter is what really enables this display to be slimmed
down so far. By removing the bulky electronics to the outside of the unit there is substantially more flexibility in terms of how thin the display can become, and the ease with which it can be positioned in non-typical ways (you'll see what we mean in a moment.
There are five different styles of support stand that can
be used with the 570S TFT display. Our display came equipped with the
Angle-Pivot base but others like the wire-frame, multimedia, pivot-multimedia or
simple base can be bought. The display can be used without
any stand if necessary, and providing a suitable attachment is used, even hung
on the wall. Thanks to the AC-adapter and a 6 foot monitor cable, the display
can be positioned a fair distance from the computer if you wanted.
The versatility of LCD displays can
be a really fun thing, and once you get used to them it's hard to
go back to the bulk CRT displays with their rounded display tubes.
Display shown with screen rotated 90 degrees to illustrate pivot capability
Samsung Syncmaster 570S
Syncmaster 570S 15" TFT
a-si TFT active matrix LCD screen
Dot pitch of 0.297mm
75 Hz Preset Refresh Rate, consumes 25Watts
1024x768 pixel resolution
Plug and play
3 year parts and labor
LCD panel Dimensions: 9" high x 12" wide
Screen Dimensions: 2.5" thick, 15" wide, 12" high (incl.
Weighs approx. 6.6Kg
Universal power supply (90-264 Volt AC)
Comes with: 6 foot power cord,
drivers, manual, pivot display software and colour setting
Important info about buying a TFT
Before we begin let me just give you a little advice on buying a TFT display.
LCD panels by their very nature are difficult
to manufacture on the scale that are used in displays like the one we're
looking at today. With this in mind some LCD display manufactures only guarantee
a display to be 99.9% free from defect. What that means is that a 15" LCD
display can have upto about 3 broken pixels and still be considered
"acceptable". Broken pixels are individual pixels which are stuck on, off, or as
one particular colour. Depending
on their location and intensity, they can be next to invisible, or glaringly obvious.
The human eye is not very forgiving, and considering that
the average flatscreen display costs about $1000 this isn't really an acceptable
situation. If you buy a display and notice these defects after you get it home
you may, or may not be able to return it to the store for another unit.
some manufacturers consider the display in "good condition" with up to three broken pixels.
Luckily the few displays we have reviewed here have been
100% free from defect. That's not always the case though. Recently we were
looking for a TFT display to review and ended up buying a 15" ViewSonic VG-151
LCD display for about $1100 CDN. The Viewsonic display turned out to have a
few broken pixels stuck on bright green at the center of the display. We
returned it to the store for anther of the same model, which as it turns out had
several broken pixels stuck at bright blue and red as well.
Needless to say, my impressions of ViewSonic's quality control department
are somewhat low... if not disappointing altogether.