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  Product:     Samsung SyncMaster 915N TFT-LCD Monitor  
  Price:     $577 (CAN) / $462 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Samsung Canada
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     May 12th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Eileen from Samsung Canada for sending the SyncMaster 915N TFT-LCD Monitor for review.

Samsung Canada


Bulky CRT's continue to be the norm for many computer users due to the low cost factor and affordability. For the avid gamer, transporting a large CRT unit to a LAN has its disadvantages due to the overall size and weight. In an effort to assist the gaming community, many manufacturers have created gaming specific products ranging from transport systems to specialized mousing surfaces. Samsung Electronics has been at the forefront of the consumer market developing a wide range of CRT and LCD-TFT products based on its popular SyncMaster brand name. The company has recently released a series of analog monitors designed specifically for platform gaming. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Samsung SyncMaster 915N LCD Monitor, a mid-range LCD that offers sleek looks and low refresh rate.


The 915N 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 mid-range monitor with support for standard VGA. Here are some features and specifications taken directly from the Samsung Canada website:

Samsung SyncMaster 915N TFT-LCD Monitor - Features
Viewable Image Size: 19" Brightness (Typical): 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 700:1 Viewing Angle (H/V): 160/160 (degrees)
Interface: 15-pin d-sub Horiz. Frequency: 30-81 kHz
Max/Native Resolution: 1280 x 1024 Emissions Standard: TCO '99
Available Color(s): Black Special Features: NTSC, VGA

Samsung SyncMaster 915N TFT-LCD Monitor - Key Specifications
Panel Type: a-si TFT/TN
Size: 19"
Pixel Pitch (mm): .0294mm
Brightness (cd/m2): 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 700:1
Viewing Angle: 160 / 160
Interface: 15-pin d-sub
Frequency Horiz. Rate (Analog): 30-81 kHz
Horiz. Rate (Digital): n/a
Vertical Rate: 56-75 Hz
Bandwidth: 140 MHz
Response Time: 8 ms
Resolution Maximum (Analog): 1280 x 1024
Maximum (Digital): n/a
Native: 1280 x 1024
Color Maximum: 16.2 M
Signal Input Input Video Signal: Analog RGB
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
Plug & Play DDC: DDC 2B
Power On/Working: 38 Watts (Max)
Wall Mount Available
Regulations Safety: CE, CSA, DDC-2B, IEC950, NEMKO, Plug and Play, TCO '95, UL 1950
EMI/Emissions: FCC, DOC-B, CISPR22, VCCI, CE
Emission Standard: TCO '95
Cabinet Color Front/Back: Black
Dimensions Physical: 416.6mm (H) x 424.6mm (W) x 215.5mm (D)
Weight Net(Physical): 6.0kg
Gross (packaging): 7.6kg
Features Narrow bezel, built-in power supply, MagicTuneTM, MagicBrightTM
Warranty Parts/Labor/Backlight: 3 / 3 / 3
Compatability Operating Systems: Windows, Macintosh, Sun Microsystems, UNIX

SyncMaster 915N TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 915N TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 915N 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 915N was packed between two formed pieces of polystyrene and enclosed in a sealed protective plastic bag.

SyncMaster 915N TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 915N TFT-LCD Monitor
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The SyncMaster 915N 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 two software applications called Magic Tune and Natural Color. Magic Tune and Natural Color allows you to manual adjust display optimization, colour adjustment and monitor preference settings all from your desktop. The bundled 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.
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