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-- Samsung 191N Syncmaster LCD
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2003-05-11
-- Price: ~ $799.00 USD
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   In my opinion, there really isn't a display benchmarking tool that can be considered the end all be all mark.  A display unit is as good as the opinion of person looking at it.  I've seen quite a few 15, 17 and now 19" units to have a decent judgment on what is good or bad.

   The 191N was tested on a AMD TBird 1.0Ghz using a TNT2 Pro Ultra.  That's right, we decided to use an older video card and see what it was like.  It should not make a difference and if you have a faster video card, then you'll enjoy even more benefits, right?  Upon booting up to Windows XP, the display came on without a problem.

   The strange thing happened afterwards where the screen was jittering, wave patterns were going back and forth.  I then checked and noticed it was running at refresh rate of 60Hz.  Changed this to 75Hz and everything was back to normal.

   Here is a shot in the dark:

   I opened up one of the included stock photos that came with WinXP.  A nice check on how the 191N  handled color.

   Next check was movie playback.  I started Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.  At faster moving scenes, there are slight ghosting problems.  This did not come as a shock, as most analog units exhibit this.

   Last but not least, we started up Counter Strike.  The colors are very vibrant and crisp, but again, slight ghosting at faster movement occurred.

   The 191N also comes with the ability to use Pivoting software to view the LCD after rotating it 90 degrees.  This is useful for viewing long web pages or long documents.  The software comes on the installation CD in the package, straight forward and easy to install.

   I rotated the unit 90 degrees and tried to view GT:

   I think Pivoting will probably be best used to view long documents.  I still had to scroll on longer pages.

   Overall, the 191N is a superb LCD in regards to quality and price.  You can pick up this 19" unit for less than the suggested price at most places.  You get 21" CRT monitor real estate without sacrificing your desk space. 

   If you want a unit that provides awesome 2D and above average 3D, the 191N is a great bang for your buck.  If you are an avid gamer or if you watch a lot of movies on your computer, then drop an extra hundred and get the DVI equipped 191T would probably be a wiser choice.

   The 191N is an awesome combination of a large display, sleek design and affordability, good job Samsung!



Pros:

  • Large fully viewable 19" display
  • Beautifully crafted
  • Easy to use on screen display


  • Cons:

  • Analog only
  • Slight ghosting with fast on screen movement

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