Samsung is back once again, and this time they are super-sized. They have sent us their gigantic SyncMaster 213T 21.3" which measures 18.6" wide, 18" high, and 8.7" thick. Please note that the 8.7" thickness includes the base of the monitor, the actual monitor panel is only a little over 1" thick. With its removable base and slim dimensions, the 213T is designed to be lined side-by-side or stacked on top of other 213T monitors for a continuous flow of data. This ability to be combined with other 213T's is ideal for financial institutions such as the stock market or any application where two displays are positioned side-by-side. The 213T offers a 170 ° viewing angle, brightness rate of 250cd/m2, a 500:1 contrast ratio, and a response time of 25 milliseconds.



Viewable area:

21.3" diagonal

Pixel Pitch (mm):



 270 cd/m2

Contrast Ratio:


Viewing Angle (H/V):


Response Time (ms):

Physical (WxHxD)
18.6” x 18.0” x 8.7”


Horizontal Frequency Analog (Hz):


Horizontal Frequency Digital (Hz):


Vertical Frequency (Hz):


Maximum Resolution:


Signal Input

Analog RGB and DVI Digital Link


Net (Physical):

 11.2 lbs

Gross (packaging):

 14.6 lbs

Cabinet Color (front / back):




Dual Signal Inputs- The 213T comes with both Analog RGB and DVI Digital Link input ports which are found on the back of the panel.

Pivoting and tilting capabilities- The panel of the monitor can be tilted forwards and backwards. It can also be pivoted (swung) to the left or right making it very handy when trying to show someone else the screen. Moving the screen is very easy to do and doesn't require much effort at all.


Rotating Screen - Included on the software disc is the Pivot Pro program. To use the software simply right click on the desktop and choose how much you would like the screen to be rotated and then rotate the monitor screen accordingly...

Above the PivotPro software in action on the 173P monitor reviewed a while ago. The main purpose of this software is to allow the user to fit more of a word document, picture, or web page on the screen so they don't have to scroll as much. I didn't end up using this software very much. One, because whenever I wanted to play a game I had to change the settings back to normal and then rotate the monitor back into position. Two, my mouse comes with the pretty much standard scroll wheel which makes scrolling hardly a hassle. I suppose the best use for this feature would be for viewing tall pictures, or in businesses in which the monitor is constantly displaying pages of information. For an animated demo of PivotPro, visit the official website.


The picture above doesn't do justice when trying to show how big the 213T really is. As stated before, the panel measures 18.6" wide and 18" high. If you want a good comparison as to how big this is, it is roughly 2 and 3/4 cd's high and 3 and 1/2 cd's wide, so measure your monitor and see how it stacks up.

From the back, you can see the black rotating disc that allows the monitor to be used with the PivotPro software. You can also see the location of the analog and digital connections. This position is tough to reach so you may want to rotate the monitor to make these inputs more accessible.

The panel of the 213T is more modern day than the 173P's single button panel with several buttons for quick control over features like auto adjustment, source selection (digital or analog), and brightness level. It also has a menu system from which you can adjust brightness, contrast, image, color control, on screen display qualities like horizontal/vertical position. All pretty basic stuff.

For testing DisplayMate's software was run. Below are some tests of the program.

The DisplayMate results were very good with no dead pixels to be found. Along with running DisplayMate, some Unreal Tournament 2004 and Doom 3 was played to test for ghosting. Turns out some minor ghosting was occurring which was to be expected with the 213T's 25ms response time. Game play was still enjoyable as the ghosting really wasn't enough to hinder the experience.

The 213T is another great addition to Samsung's LCD monitor line. It is essentially their 191T model but super-sized. The monitor does a good job of getting the picture automatically aligned and doesn't require any adjustment from the user. If the picture does get messed up, the "Auto Adjustment" feature works well to get things straightened out. The biggest complaint I have is the long recovery time from going into sleep mode. The monitor goes into a sleep mode and it takes quite a long time (around 12 or so seconds) for it to recover. Other than that, the 213T rocks! I was fortunate enough to get to experience Doom 3 on this sucker, it was quite a ride.

Great Picture quality
Easy to use menu
No dead pixels
Easily adjustable Dual Hinge Mount
Looks great
Slim design
Wall mountable

Slight ghosting during gaming
Long awake time from sleep mode.

At $930 being the lowest price from online retailers, it is tough to recommend the 213T to the average home user. It is pretty obvious that this monitor would probably only be considered by businesses or extreme enthusiasts, to which I highly reccommend it. Overall, the 213T is an awesome monitor and deserves a 9.5 out of 10. A big thanks to Samsung for providing the unit.

SLRating: 9.5 / 10



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Loaded with Features, High-End Viewing Technology and a Sleek New Design, SyncMaster 213T is Sure to be a Hit with Business and Home Users

Irvine, CA -- Samsung, the world’s leading manufacturer of CRT and TFT monitors, offers corporate, financial and home users a multi-talented, large-screen LCD monitor that exceeds the requirements of today’s most demanding computing applications. The new SyncMasterÔ 213T provides a spacious 21.3" viewing area, dual analog and digital inputs, an ultra-narrow bezel design, pivot technology that allows for both portrait and landscape viewing, and a built-in swivel base for the ultimate in display versatility. The SyncMaster 213T is currently available at retail and channel locations across the U.S.

"With its fifth generation plant in full production, Samsung is the only manufacturer that produces its own displays from nuts to bolts. As a result, Samsung is able to offer its customers best-of-breed technologies at affordable price points," states Rey Roque, Vice President of Marketing for Samsung’s Digital Information Technology Division (DITD). "The 213T flat panel monitor offers all the benefits of the latest digital technology, superior image quality and many additional features that users look for when selecting a high-end display."

Sporting a fashionable silver color, the SyncMaster 213T features an ultra-narrow bezel that is just 0.73" wide! With its removable base and sleek dimensions, the 213T is designed to be lined side-by-side or stacked on top of other 213T monitors for a continuous flow of virtually uninterrupted data. This new monitor is ideal for financial institutions such as the stock market or any application where two displays are positioned side-by-side.

Created for use in open-air business and consumer environments, the slim 213T is loaded with robust ergonomic features including a built-in swivel base design so the display can be rotated 90º. Samsung’s latest large-screen LCD features Pivot® software by Portrait Displays and comes with a swivel base for switching between portrait and landscape viewing. With Pivot, users have full-page viewing capabilities of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 documents without having to scroll. The 213T is also height adjustable allowing the user to move the screen up or down to best suit individual viewing preferences.

The SyncMaster 213T gives users the option of using either a digital or analog interface for viewing images and text. The Digital Video Interface (DVI) ensures a shaper, cleaner image and a more accurate representation of the original video source. Since video starts out digital in a PC graphics card, the digital output is directly interfaced to the digital input of the LCD panel and always provides the optimum quality image. In addition, no end-user adjustments are required with a digital display, even when randomly changing resolutions.

When used with an analog input, the 213T offers an easy-access, one-button auto calibration system for greater control over the on-screen image allowing for quick proportioning of screen geometry, contrast, brightness and clock-phase. The On Screen Display system features a comprehensive menu of controls, including auto adjustment, color and image size.

For users who demand image display perfection, the SyncMaster 213T features Samsung’s Patterned Vertical Alignment (PVA), the latest technology advancement in liquid crystal cell structure for improved viewing. The display offers an extra-wide 170° viewing angle, an exceptionally high brightness rate of 250cd/m2, a 500:1 contrast ratio and an extremely fast response time of less than 25 milliseconds. The 213T is ideal for those who require data and graphics that are accurately displayed with photo-realistic image quality including motion video applications, 3D technologies, entertainment, gaming and Web design. The 213T has an ultra-fine pixel pitch of .27 mm and offers a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200.

The SyncMaster 213T meets TCO ’99 standards for low emissions and incorporate a power management system that complies with VESA, DPMS, Energy2000 and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Standards for energy efficient reduced power consumption.

Samsung backs all of its monitors with a three-year, parts and labor warranty as well as toll-free technical support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, Samsung offers a three-year Advanced Replacement Program, three-year Repair & Return or Exchange and three-year Shuttle Exchange for hassle-free repairs.

For more information about Samsung's SyncMaster monitors or for the name of the dealer nearest you, contact Samsung toll-free at 1-800-SAMSUNG or via the Internet at

About Samsung

Samsung Electronics America’s Digital Information Technology Division (DITD), located in Irvine, California, is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. (SEC). Samsung’s DITD markets a complete line of award-winning TFT and CRT computer displays, laser printers, fax machines, multifunction devices, ODD (optical disc drive) and HDD (hard disk drive) drives for professional, corporate and SOHO users. DITD also markets large-screen plasma displays designed specifically for the professional and commercial markets.

The Samsung Electronics America organization also oversees the North American operations of Samsung Telecommunications USA, Samsung Canada and Samsung Mexico. SEC, with operations in more than 47 countries, is the largest electronics company in Korea and one of the top ten in the world. The company is the world’s number one producer of computer displays and DRAMs and was recently named one of the world’s Top 100 Brands by BusinessWeek magazine.

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-- Specifications --



SyncMaster 213T



a-si TFT / PVA





Pixel Pitch (mm)






Contrast Ratio



Viewing Angle

170o / 170o

Aspect Ratio


Response Time (ms)




Analog / Digital


Horizontal Rate - (Analog)



Horizontal Rate - (Digital)



Vertical Rate







1600 x 1200



1600 x 1200




Signal Input

Input Video Signal

Analog RGB, DVI Digital Link


Video Level: Analog


Video Level: Digital



Sync Type

Separate H/V, Composite H/V


Input Connectors

15pin D-sub, DVI-D

Plug & Play




On / Working

75 Watts (Max)

Wall Mount


VESA 100mm






Emission Standard

TCO '99

Cabinet Color




Physical (WxHxD)

18.6" x 18.0" x 8.7"


Packaging (WxHxD)

18.0" x 23.0" x 11.3"


Net (physical)

11.2 lbs.


Gross (packaging)

14.1 lbs.

Special Features

Special Features

Narrow bezel design, pivot technology, swivel, dual CPU input


Parts / Labor / Backlight

3 / 3 / 3

Compatible Computer Systems


PC / Windows; Macintosh; Sun Microsystems

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