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  Product:     Samsung SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor  
  Price:     $1660 (CAN) / $1245 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Samsung Canada
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     March 17th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Eileen from Samsung Canada for sending the SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor for review.

Samsung Canada


The growing need for high-end computer equipment is often dictated by the system requirements of today's popular application software. Consumers are often faced with using expensive workstations, servers and more graphical displays to complete multiple tasks. As part of its ever expanding product line, Samsung Canada has developed a series of stylish high-end displays specifically designed for the office environment. The displays are designed to meet two goals, providing great functionality balanced with useful ergonomic features. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor, a high-end monitor that offers several ergonomic based features into an all-in-one solution.


The 213T TFT-LCD Monitor is one of many available LCD based monitors available from Samsung Canada. This product is part of the popular SyncMaster series and is a high-end dual display monitor with support for VGA and DVI. Here are some features and specifications taken directly from the Samsung Canada website:

Samsung SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor - Features
Viewable Image Size: 21.3" Brightness (Typical): 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 500:1 Viewing Angle (H/V): 170/170 (degrees)
Interface: 15-pin d-sub, dvi-d (digital) Horiz. Frequency: 30-93 kHz
Max/Native Resolution: 1600 x 1200 Emissions Standard: TCO '99
Available Color(s): Silver Special Features: NTSC, DVI-Digital, VGA

Samsung SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor - Key Specifications
Panel Type: a-si TFT/TN
Size: 21.3"
Pixel Pitch (mm): .27mm
Brightness (cd/m2): 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Viewing Angle: 170 / 170
Interface: 15-pin d-sub dvi-d (digital)
Frequency Horiz. Rate (Analog): 30-93 kHz
Horiz. Rate (Digital): n/a
Vertical Rate: 56-75 Hz
Bandwidth: 162 MHz
Response Time: 25 ms
Resolution Maximum (Analog): 1600 x 1200
Maximum (Digital): n/a
Native: 1280 x 1024
Color Maximum: 16.2 M
Signal Input Input Video Signal: Analog RGB, DVI
Video Level (Analog): 0.7VP-P
Video Level (Digital): n/a
Sync Type: Separate H/V, Composite H/V, SOG
Input Connectors: 15pin D-sub, DVI
Plug & Play DDC: DDC 2B
Power On/Working: 40 Watts (Max)
Wall Mount Available
Regulations Safety: CE, CSA, DDC-2B, IEC950, NEMKO, Plug and Play, TCO '99, UL 1950
EMI/Emissions: FCC, DOC-B, CISPR22, VCCI, CE
Emission Standard: TCO '99
Cabinet Color Front/Back: Silver
Dimensions Physical: 18" (height) x 18.6"(width) x 8.7" (depth)
Weight Net(Physical): 11.2 lbs.
Gross (packaging): 18.5 lbs.
Features 170 Degrees vertical viewing angle
Warranty Parts/Labor/Backlight: 3 / 3 / 3
Compatability Operating Systems: Windows, Macintosh, Sun Microsystems, UNIX

SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor ships in a double wall cardboard box with a plastic carry-on handle positioned on the top. A product shot is showcased on the top and side panels, along with a complete list of specifications and features. Inside the package the SyncMaster 213T was packed between two formed pieces of polystyrene and enclosed in a sealed protective plastic bag.

SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor
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The SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor also includes a smaller plastic bag which contains an assortment of items including video and power cables. The packaged CD contains the TFT-LCD monitor user guide, installation drivers and a software application called Natural Colour. The Natural Colour application software allows you to manual adjust display optimization, colour adjustment and colour preference settings all from your desktop. An eight page user guide covers the driver installation for different O/S platforms ranging from all flavours of Windows to Linux. A secondary manual covers the hardware installation and recommended safety procedures. Surprisingly, the 213T does not include Samsung's new Magic Bright feature which provides adjustment of custom contrast levels.

One new addition that has been added to the SyncMaster 213T TFT-LCD Monitor package is the inclusion of Pivot Pro software from Portrait Displays Inc. Pivot Pro software lets you rotate your computer display from landscape to portrait orientation, making documents, e-mail and web browsing easier to manage. The software supports all rotating orientations: portrait 90, presentation 180, portrait 270, and landscape and works with multiple monitor configurations in Windows 2000 and XP.

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