Samsung 150MP LCD Display-TV Review
It seems even microwaves are
being connected up to networks and given controllable features over the internet
(I'm serious!), so it was only a matter of time before the historic television and the cutting edge flat screen LCD display were married to form.... the
TeleMonitor... or maybe the Monivision... err how about just the LCD-TVM (LCD Television Monitor)? Whatever the catch-phrase turns out to be for this interesting new display adaptation, you can be sure the Syncmaster 150MP will be at the heart of it.
Except for a few minor differences relating to the
LCD display panel the 150MP is virtually identical to the 170MP, which we reviewed previously here on PCstats. Call it "Mini-me" if you will, the 150MP comes packed with all the same features of the larger 170MP, but for a lower sticker price. For those of us interested in LCD displays, the high price that is usually goes hand in hand with them can be hard to justify, especially in the midst of relatively inexpensive 19" and 21" CRT displays.
Putting price aside for the moment, the 150MP
offers a host of features cause it to stick out amongst the wash of LCD
displays hitting the market. After all it is not everyday you see a flat panel
with a built-in TV tuner is it?
SyncMaster 150MP Display:
Diagonal Display (a-si TFT active matrix display)
Dot pitch of 0.297mm
Contrast Ratio: 300:1
Viewing Angles: 70/70/60/60
Refresh Rate, consumes 33 Watts
resolution, analog connection
Monitor Dimensions: 15.0" x
15.0" x 2.2"
Weighs approx. 9.7lbs
External universal power supply
(100-240 Volt AC)
Remote, batteries, PAL-NTSC connector, Stereo RCA cable, Stereo-stereo
cable, RCA cable, s-VHS cable, CD-ROM, 6 foot power cord, 15-pin
D-sub analog video cable, manual, AC-adaptor.
the 150MP also comes with on-board sound. Granted it does not posses the highest
acoustics in the world, but it is capable of putting most generic
computer speakers to shame. The speakers are tucked below the main silver bezel and measure about
2" across. Chances are they will really only see action when the display is
acting as a TV, but an audio input means you could have the display hooked up to
a soundcard too. Realistically, the sound was best when the volume indicator was not pumped
up more than 1/3 on the dial.
The rear of the display comes packed to the gills with a
host of different video and audio connections. Audio can be fed into the
display from a computer, from the cable-TV connection, or from a VCR (left and right RCA channels).
Additionally, audio from the TV can be brought out of the display
to a secondary device, or a pair of headphones can be hooked up for some
late-night game play.