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  Product:     Samsung SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor  
  Price:     $1076 (CAN) / $867 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Samsung Canada
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     July 7th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Eileen from Samsung Canada for sending the SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor for review.

Samsung Canada

Introduction:

A multitasking environment requires versatile tools of the trade that can handle a variety of different tasks. In the past where separate components were used together perform one specific task or function; manufacturers are now designing products which combine a multitude of features as an all-in-one solution. With the wide spread popularity of the HDTV and Home Theatre PC's, Samsung Electronics has designed a series of high-end multimedia ready monitors marketed under the SyncMaster brand name. The SyncMaster product line ranges from standard CRT based monitors to LCD-TFT based monitors. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor, a high-end monitor that combines several multimedia based features into an all-in-one solution.

Specifications:

The 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor is one of several available 19" based TFT-LCD monitors available from Samsung Canada. This product is part of the popular SyncMaster series and is a high-end HDTV ready display for users who want the benefits of High Definition television. Here are some features and specifications taken directly from the Samsung Canada website:

Samsung SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor - Features
Viewable Image Size: 19" Brightness (Typical): 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 Viewing Angle (H/V): 178/178 (degrees)
Interface: 15-pin d-sub dvi-d (digital) Horiz. Frequency: 31-81
Max/Native Resolution: 1280 x 1024 Emissions Standard: TCO '99
Available Color(s): Silver Special Features: MagicTuner with FM, Radio Support W/W, TV System (140 country), Sound : Virtual Dolby, BBE, Various AV, connection, DVD, VCR, Camcorder, DTV Set-top, (HDTV Ready), PS2, XBOX, TV, (NTSC/PAL/SECAM), PIP/PBP, TTX/MIX, MagicChannel(Korea)

Samsung SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor - Key Specifications
Panel Type: a-si TFT/TN
Size: 19"
Pixel Pitch (mm): 0.294
Brightness (cd/m2): 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Viewing Angle: 178 / 178
Interface: 15-pin d-sub dvi-d (digital)
Frequency Horiz. Rate (Analog): 31-81
Horiz. Rate (Digital): n/a
Vertical Rate: 56-85
Bandwidth: 140 MHz
Response Time: 25 ms
Resolution Maximum (Analog): 1280 x 1024
Maximum (Digital): n/a
Native: 1280 x 1024
Color Maximum: 16.7 M
Signal Input Input Video Signal: Analog RGB, DVI Digital link, CVBS, S-video, Component, TV(antenna/cable), Scart
Video Level (Analog): 0.7VP-P, Digital: TMDS™
Video Level (Digital): n/a
Sync Type: Separate H/V, Composite H/V
Input Connectors: D-sub, DVI-D, CVBS, S-Video, SCART, Component, RF
Plug & Play DDC: DDC 2B
Power On/Working: 58 Watts (Max)
Wall Mount VESA 100mm
Regulations Safety: UL1950, CE, CSA, TUV, IEC950, HEMKO, NOM, SEMKO, CE, PCMC, EZW, SIQ, MEEI, GOST, CCIB, PSB, EIAJ
EMI/Emissions: FCC, DOC-B, CISPR22, VCCI, CE
Emission Standard: TCO '99
Cabinet Color Front/Back: Silver
Dimensions Physical: 433mm (W) x 436mm (H) x 198mm (D)
Packaging: 532mm (W) x 553mm (H) x 165mm (D)
Weight Net(Physical): 5.9kg
Gross (packaging): 8.9kg
Features MagicTuner with FM, Radio Support W/W, TV System (140 country), Sound : Virtual Dolby, BBE, Various AV, connection, DVD, VCR, Camcorder, DTV Set-top, (HDTV Ready), PS2, XBOX, TV, (NTSC/PAL/SECAM), PIP/PBP, TTX/MIX, MagicChannel(Korea)
Included Power Cord, DC Adapter, Audio cable, Radio Antenna, Remote Control, Connector
Warranty Parts/Labor/Backlight: 3 / 3 / 3
Compatability Operating Systems: Windows, Macintosh, Sun Microsystems, UNIX

SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 930MP 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 930MP was packed between two formed pieces of polystyrene and enclosed in a sealed protective plastic bag.

SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor is bundled with a TV remote, one standard 15-pin D-sub VGA cable, audio cable, radio antenna and a power adapter. After examining the specifications for this monitor, I noticed that missing from the package was an additional DVI cable as well as a VESA 100mm Wall Mounting Kit. The DVI cable should be relatively easy to replace but the VESA Wall Mounting Kit will have to be ordered directly from the Samsung website. I'm pretty sure that this was an oversight for the review package that I was sent and that standard retail packages include these components.

The SyncMaster 930MP TFT-LCD Monitor also includes a smaller plastic bag which contains an assortment of items. The included CD contains the TFT-LCD monitor user guide, installation drivers and a brand new 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 quick set-up 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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