I will be testing the unit out using my current rig, which has an Abit GF4 Ti4200 64MB video card installed. The beauty of this card is, it has DVI and VGA output. We're going dual LCDs here.
Notice the junk on my desk, this LCD is a space saver! I never thought I would be able to fit two displays on my small desk.
The above are some auto adjustment and brightness shots of the controls. The buttons on the right side are easy to use and were not too hard to press. There is a small green LED that lights up when the unit is on, it blinks when it's off or in power save mode. According to Samsung, this unit uses less than 25 Watts max! Not only are you doing your eyes a favor, your doing a great job lowering your electric bill. By the way, for those people who insist on setting their LCD units to 60Hz+ refresh, it won't work. All LCDs I've seen have been set to 60Hz.
The drivers installed are the nVidia 29.42 reference drivers. This includes the nView software, which allows us to expand our desktop onto two displays, in this case, our two LCDs.
The above is after our nView software successfully adjusted and detected our second screen. The 1 and 2 are the auto detection in our display properties.
The auto adjust corrected our screen positioning with ease. The above picture shows the screen all the way to edge, not wasting any valuable space on the 15".
Now that's what I have been waiting for all my life. Dual LCDs so I can work on the site coding on the left, while doing graphical work on the right. All without minimizing/maximizing windows every other minute.
The 151v comes with color adjustment software on the cdrom itself called Natural Color. It lets you adjust your monitor along with printer settings. There is also a html users guide if you need to consult it during use. I noticed in the user guide under specifications, it's labeled as the SyncMaster 151S. I guess these are similar units with different model numbers.
The Syncmaster 151v provides vibrant color with much adjustment as well as good brightness balance. I did notice that at 1024X768 at 32Bit color, the letters and characters were not as sharp as my 17" unit which was using the DVI connector. Although that is the case, at a $400 retail price, this unit is hard to beat for visual quality. The addition of easy to use on screen controls makes this unit a breeze to setup, even for the novice user. If you look around, most likely you'll find the price even lower than the suggested retail price.
The manual was simple to use, but it does not show any instructions other than how to install drivers. Maybe a quick sheet on basic uses and how to connect the unit may help some users. Otherwise, most people will have to refer to the cdrom.
For the value conscious consumer who wants a LCD unit that's quick to setup and use, this unit should be on the top of the list for consideration. With it's black color styling and a low price, the newly released 151v will feel right at home on your desk.
Thanks to Samsung for taking the time to get us this sample for review. I own quite a few of their products and they're hard to beat in terms of quality and value.