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Samsung SyncMaster 570V TFT 15" Flatscreen Display
Samsung SyncMaster 570V TFT 15
Abstract: The 570V shows a nod towards the impending power crisis which is gripping areas like California with rolling black outs and power shortages.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung May 11 2001   Max Page  
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CRT Displays to TFT Displays

CRT Displays to TFT Displays

Apart from never having to look at a curved screen ever again, there are a couple quantitative reasons for moving towards flat panel displays. The most concrete of which is the power savings which can be had. At only 25watts during normal operation, and 3 watts during standby, the 570V TFT is power-sensitive, and produces drastically less heat than a similarly sized CRT. While this factor may not matter much to an individual person in the home environment, on the large office scale this could translate into lowered power and air conditioning bills.

The next reason why flat panels are considered better than CRT displays is size. A 15" TFT display has about the same screen area as a 17" CRT, but the screen is only about 3" thick. Desk space has always been a commodity, and freeing up more of it is always beneficial.

Lastly, we have screen clarity. Flat panel displays offer a very sharp image in comparison to their CRT fellows, especially for text. Personally speaking, I also find them a lot easier on the eyes when working for long hours. Text is very sharp, and they display panels have progressed to a point where 16.7million colours are supported. Radiation issues, however slight they might be with CRT displays are also completely negated with LCD displays.

As flat panels become more and more popular their high cost will hopefully begin to come down much further. For most people, paying almost a thousand dollars for a display is a difficult decision to justify. In a way the gradual movement towards flat panel displays parallels that of the transition from 56k modems to cable for internet access. As someone around here once said to me, "once you go cable you never go back." I would have to say the same thing about TFT displays.

Now, lets move on and check out the features of the SyncMaster 570V TFT display.

The Full Specs:

Size (or Panel Size) 15 inches
Pixel Pitch 0.297 mm
Brightness 200cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 250:1
Viewing Angle 55° / 55° / 60° / 60°
Horizontal Max (KHz) 61 kHz
Vertical Max (Hz) 75 Hz
Bandwidth (MHz) 80 MHz
Max. Resolution 1024 x 768
Colour 16.7 M
Input Signal Type Analog RGB (15 pin D-Sub)
Pivot Enabled N/A
OSD Multi-language supported
Multi-media External (user option)
Plug & Play Standard DDC 1/2B
Power (Max) 25W
Power Management Regulation ENERGY STAR / NUTEK
USB Hub (user option)
TV Tuner
Picture in Picture
Low Radiation TCO 99
Dimensions (WxHxD) 385.4 x 366.7 x 168 mm
Weight 5.7 kg
Warranty 3 years on parts and labor

There are several important aspects to look for in the specs of a flat panel display. The first is the contrast ratio. The larger the ratio, the better the display panel. Anything above 200:1 is quite good, and more than sufficient for most of us. The 570V has a contrast ratio of 250:1. Next comes the brightness measurement. The panel used in this display has a brightness of 200 cd/m2 which is about the norm for computer displays of this type. The highest brightness rating we've seen, just to give that number some scale, sits around 250cd/m2, and the lowest around 150cd/m2. Notebook displays for the sake of comparison can have brightness ratings in the low hundreds. Lastly, viewing angles come into play. The short of the long with these numbers is that the greater the angle, the better the display.

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Contents of Article: Samsung 570V
 Pg 1.  Samsung SyncMaster 570V TFT 15" Flatscreen Display
 Pg 2.  — CRT Displays to TFT Displays
 Pg 3.  External Display Features:
 Pg 4.  Evaluation Criteria
 Pg 5.  The Details are in the display
 Pg 6.  On screen display:
 Pg 7.  Conclusions on the 570V TFT

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