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Samsung Syncmaster 743B 17-inch LCD Display Review

Samsung Syncmaster 743B 17-inch LCD Display Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Samsung Syncmaster 743B LCD/TFT monitor PCSTATS is checking out in this review is clearly oriented towards individuals on a budget who aren't willing to skimp on picture quality.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Apr 01 2008   Max Page  
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Closer Look at the Samsung 743B

The Samsung Syncmaster 743B should fit in nicely in corporate environments where bland colour schemes dominate. The simple chassis has a non-reflective matt surface texture, soft curved edges, and only two places where a small "Samsung" logo are embossed in grey.

Care and cleaning of the unit is a breeze, particularly because there aren't any physical buttons to trap dirt, potentially making it a suitable display for medical offices which need to apply strict cleaning regimes.

Looking at the front of the Syncmaster 743B we see the screen is nicely framed by its narrow bezel. The control buttons are located in the lower right corner, the dark gray lettering makes them nearly illegible even in the bright light this photo was shot. The power button is paired with a small blue LED which causes some confusion. Fingers naturally gravitate toward the light where the touch sensitive button isn't located.

The control panel consists of a menu, magicbright, brightness, source select, auto adjust and power key. MagicBright has preset scenarios for internet, gaming, text, sports, movie, custom or dynamic contrast.

The rear of the Samsung Syncmaster 743B is pictured here. The panel measures 40mm thick at the edge, but increases to about 60mm thickness towards the center. It is wall mountable when the stand is removed.

The Syncmaster 743B monitor doesn't use a power brick, instead the 120VAC power cord plugs directly into the display. A small plastic bracket can be attached the stand to help manage cables if you wish. The power button on the front of the screen sets the display into a soft power off mode, this consumes about 1W in standby.

The display accepts analog VGA and digital DVI video inputs, and comes with each signal cable. A lot of affordably priced monitors come only with the analog VGA cable, forcing the consumer to purchase a DVI cable separately. We're pleased Samsung hasn't gone this route with the Syncmaster 743B.

The stand that ships with the Syncmaster 743B is height and tilt adjustable, and can be removed if you choose to mount the 17" monitor onto an armature. A 75x75mm VESA mounting plate is required. PCSTATS will look at the range of customization available with the Syncmaster 743B next.

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Contents of Article: Samsung Syncmaster 743B
 Pg 1.  Samsung Syncmaster 743B 17-inch LCD Display Review
 Pg 2.  — Closer Look at the Samsung 743B
 Pg 3.  Adjusting the Monitor
 Pg 4.  Visual Display Tests: MagicBright

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