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Samsung SyncMaster 180T 18.1 inch LCD Display

Samsung SyncMaster 180T 18.1 inch LCD Display - PCSTATS
Abstract: The titanium-silver and grey colours of the display not only make it jump out at you, but make old fashioned CRT displays look positively ancient.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Jul 27 2001   Max Page  
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Analog and DVI

Important info about buying a TFT display

We always suggest you test any flat panel display you are considering in the store before you pay for it!

LCD panels are very complex components to construct and most manufactures only guarantee their display's to be 99.9% free from defect. That means there can be up to 3 or 5 broken pixels before the display is considered "broken." Broken pixels are individual pixels in the display panel which are stuck on a certain colour, are constantly dim, or are always off. Depending on the location and intensity of a broken pixel they can be next to invisible, or glaringly obvious. The bottom line is that it pays to test the display first, regardless of what manufacturer makes it.

Analog and DVI

Analog video connections are the type most commonly in use at the moment. In fact, unless you have recently upgraded to the newer all digital standard you are probably reading this review on a display connected via and analog cable to an analog video card.

The truth that old habits die hard has never ringed truer than with LCD displays. When first introduced onto the market I seem to recall that just about every display required nothing less than a digital output video card. At the time LCD displays were incredibly expensive, and are now only starting come down in price as manufacturers are able to produce less expensive LCD panels.

Analog Connection (hand in hand) DVI Connection

The basic differences between the analog display adapter and the DVI (digital) display adapter boil down to how the image is transmitted to your monitor. In the first instance, the analog version, the image is sent to the monitor as waveform (essentially). Since we're are accustomed to connecting a CRT display which operates on analog principles this was the perfect match.

However, when these same analog signals are sent to an LCD display - a device which only operates on digital signals - the picture much be digitally encoded before it can be processed and displayed. On the other hand, if you happen to be equipped with a digital output on your video card, the digital signals are simply sent right to the display to be shown on the screen.

While we couldn't detect any perceivable differences between the two types of video hook ups in terms of display quality (both were excellent) there are a few operational differences. An analog signal can be adjusted and tweaked to perfection, but a digital signal is (or should be) coming to the display perfectly. Thus, while there are a great many things you can configure on the display with regard to an analog hook up, the choice is pretty slim when using DVI.

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Contents of Article: Samsung 180T
 Pg 1.  Samsung SyncMaster 180T 18.1 inch LCD Display
 Pg 2.  — Analog and DVI
 Pg 3.  The sexy display
 Pg 4.  SyncMaster 180T Specs
 Pg 5.  TFT Display Evaluation
 Pg 6.  Evaluation Results & Conclusion

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