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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.
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
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.
- Black colored design!
- Auto adjustment, easy to use on screen controls
- Small footprint
- Unit does not rotate left or right, nor does it pivot
- Printed instructions should include basic hookup and use