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Samsung Syncmaster 711MP

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      09.06.2010 20:47
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      A good budget monitor

      These days, most people are now buying wide screen LCD monitors and TVs. However, I got this a few years ago (for free :D). My Dad also got one. He uses his for a TV in the kitchen and I still use mine as a monitor (it's connected to my laptop via VGA).

      The screen is great. Despite the fact this must now be about four years old (or more?) there are no dead pixels. I think this really demonstrates the quality of the product as I have had these on all three of my laptops, although on my newest it's only one and not very noticeable.

      The monitor is well built, solid. I haven't had any problems with parts falling off or cracks developing even when it gets knocked. The monitor feels very solid and doesn't feel cheap to the touch.

      The resolution for when connecting to a PC/laptop is 1280x1024 which is quite a bit of real estate and more than enough not to make a web page feel cramped. I also find it enough for image editing, although sometimes I wouldn't mind a slight higher resolution.

      Contrary to some websites, it is not HD 720p. It's just a VGA monitor.

      It has a built in TV tuner and supports both PAL and NTSC. There are s-video and composite inputs. There's also 2 x audio so I use the speakers on this rather than my laptop. They are not perfect but pretty good for built-in speakers and it saves space.

      The response time is a respectable 8 ms and does not appear to be a dynamic one.

      There are various OSD controls for changing colour, brightness, tone, etc, and also some presets so this makes life easier as there is less time spent adjusting it.

      Although it's old, I'm not in a rush to upgrade to a new monitor. This is more than good enough for my needs of displaying video, web pages, documents (Word and Excel mainly), image editing, etc.

      From this experience (plus my mobile phones made by them), Samsung seems to be a great LCD brand. If you can find on the cheap and want a monitor and TV combined to save space then this is a good option (or even a newer model of there's would be worth looking into).

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