Review Continued .:
Along with being able to watch
HDTV or regular TV, you can plug in a DVD player, a camcorder, and many
other devices. Video editors will love this monitor not only for the
number of inputs but because its
wide screen format
allows you to have many windows open at one time and still be able to work
However, gamers will be
slightly disappointed with this model. Compared to regular LCD monitors,
the pixel response rate is somewhat slow. Gamers demand high pixel
response rates and I am no different. While testing this monitor with such
games as Battlefield 1942, MOHAA, and others, I found the stated
60 Hz refresh rate
actually performs extremely well. I have an NEC 1530v and this LCD also
has the same Hz rating although it has pixel response twice as slow as
this monitor. Although the Tantus displays fast-pace graphics well, modern
17"+ LCD panels will do a better job.
and television viewing is handled seamlessly by this monitor. The
picture is crisp and very bright
and you can adjust the picture size and fidelity using the various
One minor problem was when a
dark image came up the backlight on the monitor makes dark colors
look bright at the horizontal center of the unit while darker at the top
and bottom. This does not only pertain to Samsung's Tantus HDTV monitor,
Sharp and other manufacturers also have this. It isn't anything that will
hinder the performance and I didn't notice it often.
The speakers on this unit are
capable of producing amazing sound
considering they are small and built into the unit. They can carry out really
loud music without "fuzzing". You can plug
the monitor speakers to your computer so you can listen to MP3's without
extra speakers - a good option if you have limited desk space or simply
want a clean look.
remote on this unit is very small, sleek, and sexy just like the monitor.
The layout is easy and straightforward and there are "sections" of
different control. The bottom buttons have a black outline and those are
for the PIP options. The top have the different input selections and the
middle is for TV. The one thing that I didn't like was the fact that I
couldn't use the number keys while using PIP (PC main and TV sub) because
it is somewhat frustrating having to click the up arrow 50 times to go to
a specific channel.
The overall styling of this
monitor is similar to other models on the market. After seeing other
models, I personally think this Samsung
Tantus is better looking (and performing)
than others. The metal stand on this unit gives this unit necessary
stability with the heavier stand and four protrusions.
:. Installation .:
For computers and TV, the installation is
standard. Connect the cables and you are ready. For other equipment, read
the instruction booklet because it gives you details on what device is
connected to what.