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LinuxWorld: Flat monitor from Samsung does it all - Screen star loses fifty pounds!

Jul 20, 2000, 00:46 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"There are numerous LCD monitors priced above $1,000. We took a look at the Samsung SyncMaster 170MP, which possesses most conventional monitor features and is compatible with Linux desktops. The product also has one great feature for power users: it acts as a television."

"The SyncMaster 170MP and the smaller 150MP are active-matrix LCD monitors with analog video connections. The 170MP measures 17 inches diagonally, but is larger than a cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor marketed as 17 inches. Because of the curvature of their screens, almost all tube monitors use less space than the diagonal measurement indicates. Thus, a 17-inch monitor actually gives the user a little over 16 inches of actual video image. Even the flat-screen Sony Trinitron and similar products have some blank space at their edges, where there are no pixels. With an LCD monitor, 17 inches means 17 inches, so it tends to look more like an 18- or 19-inch monitor...."

"Through no fault of its own, the 170MP exposes some limitations of Linux's font technology. Although the SyncMaster is cheaper than similar models by $1000 or more, LCD technology must still become more reliable and less costly before we all sport LCDs on our tabletops and the old CRT becomes a dinosaur."

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