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Samsung Syncmaster 181T 18.1 inch TFT LCD Display

Samsung Syncmaster 181T 18.1 inch TFT LCD Display - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Syncmaster 181T in its black and silver housing is something quite different for an LCD, and much better looking than most.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Apr 03 2002   Max Page  
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The 181T Display Up Close

The control buttons on the very slim bezel are better then the ones on the 171B, but still exhibit the same problems in dimly lit areas where they are hard to read. The tiny green LED's look kind of cool and indicate what power stage the display is in, and what signal input is on focus.

Unfortunately the power button is not back lit, and is not separated from the other six buttons so it is not immediately obvious from a visual standpoint. There is a raised dot on the plastic switch so at the very least there is a tactile indication when you are fumbling around in the dark trying to find the power button. It would be nice to see buttons which become back lit when they are pressed, much like those in cellphones.

The controls consist of six small buttons. From left to right we have auto, exit, brightness -/+, menu and power.

The rear of the 181T is clean and looks pretty good. There is a cable way to keep the power and video cables in check, and since the power supply is integrated into the back of the unit there is no external power brick. If you look very closely on the lower right back edge of the display you can see the Kensington lock which has been integrated into the display for anti-theft purposes.

The center image illustrates what the display looks like when it is in portrait mode.

The adjustable stand bolts on to the back of the display panel at 100mm VESA mounting points and can be removed easily. Forwards and backwards tilting is a two handed affair but stiff enough to prevent the display from gradually slipping. As we mentioned before, the plastic swivel in the base works very poorly. I really wish Samsung would go back to the metal swivel they used to use - it actually worked.

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Contents of Article: Samsung 181T
 Pg 1.  Samsung Syncmaster 181T 18.1 inch TFT LCD Display
 Pg 2.  — The 181T Display Up Close
 Pg 3.  Analog Standard, USB Hub & New OSD Menu
 Pg 4.  TFT Display Evaluation Notes

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