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Linux.com: LCD Monitors Different; Cost Is Factor, Too - Review of Samsung SyncMaster 150MP

Jan 02, 2001, 23:10 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

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"One day, we'll all be using LCD flat-screen monitors. Unfortunately, LCD technology has not advanced significantly enough to make it affordable for the average Linux user. Even if one can afford the hefty $1,000 average minimum entry fee, there are still some differences in the output image between a LCD and a conventional CRT monitor."

"I recently had the opportunity to give the Samsung SyncMaster 150MP a try with Red Hat Linux 7 and a NVidia GeForce 256. The 150MP accepts a standard analog input, unlike other LCD monitors which require a special video card with digital output. The main feature which Samsung touts as distinguishing this product from its competitors is the ability to accept input from external sources such as a DVD player or cable TV. It has the ability to overlay this signal picture-in-picture, independent of the underlying operating system, making this monitor ideal for playing DVD's under Linux."

"If I was going to get an LCD monitor that worked well under Linux, this one sure fits the bill. The SyncMaster 150MP has many little features such as the picture-in-picture, carrying handle, and stereo speakers that make it stand out from other LCDs. Knowing that it accepts any standard VGA out is a plus for Linux as you have a wider range of video cards which are Linux compatible. There is no need for any special drivers or kernel mods."

"Verdict: Wait until LCD technology improves and the price comes down."

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