Samsung SyncMaster 192T LCD Monitor

Introduction:


    I recently acquired a Samsung 192T 19" monitor- here is how it happened. On my way home from work the other day, I was stopped at a red light. I patiently waited for the light to turn green and as I waited, I noticed a monitor walking down the street. As the monitor turned the corner it was attacked by a pack of PDA's. I immediately jumped out of my car to help the monitor in distress. After rescuing it, I asked the monitor for it's name and it answered "SyncMaster 192T". I replied "Oh my gosh, your Samsung's newest 19" LCD monitor aren't you?!" The 192T nodded and asked to go home with me and we lived happily ever after. That is the story of how this review became possible- well, not really. Infact the whole story was a lie, monitors can't  really walk and PDA's don't hang out in groups. All kidding aside, the 192T is Samsung's first 19" LCD monitor geared towards the high-end user, and it comes packed with their best technology in hopes to make an impression. Let's find out what kind of impression it left us with...

Features

:

The 192T is targeted towards business, SOHO and high-end graphics users. It has an estimated street price of $829 which will probably drop once the monitor becomes more widely available.  It also uses Samsung's proprietary PVA (Patterned Vertical Alignment) panel, the latest technological advancement in liquid crystal cell structure. The contrast ratio of the 192T is extremely high at 750:1 allowing for a vast range of contrasts. As normal, if you're worried about the monitor burning out because of such high display intensities, Samsung backs their monitor by a solid 3-year Parts/Labor/Backlight warranty. Included with the 192T is a mail-in form that you fill out and send in for an extended 3 months of warranty.

Specifications:

Panel

Viewable area:

 19" diagonal

Pixel Pitch (mm):

 0.294

Brightness:

 250 cd/㎡

Contrast Ratio:

 750:1

Viewing Angle (H/V):

 170˚/170˚

Response Time (ms):

 25

Frequency

Horizontal Frequency Analog (Hz):

 30-81

Horizontal Frequency Digital (Hz):

 30-63

Vertical Frequency (Hz):

 56-75

Maximum Resolution:

 1280x1024

Signal Input

Analog RGB and DVI Digital Link

Weight

Net (Physical):

 12.1 lbs

Gross (packaging):

 17.2 lbs

Cabinet Color (front / back):

 Silver/Black

Features:

Magic Bright™ - MagicBright™ is a new feature that provides you with the optimal viewing environment depending on the contents of the image you are watching. There are three different modes of brightness available: text, internet, and entertain.  Each mode has its own pre-configured brightness value. You can also select "User Adjusted" mode for a personalized level of brightness and contrast.

Dual Signal Inputs- The 192T comes with both Analog RGB and DVI Digital Link input ports.

HDTV capabilities
-With the addition of an HDTV card, this monitor can receive HDTV broadcasting.

Dual Hinge System
- The two-hinge system allows the monitor to be folded freely or to be wall mounted. See demo below...


Click arrows to see the Dual Hinge System in action.

Wall or Ceiling Mounting Abilities - Since it comes with a mounting bracket the SyncMaster is able to mount easily on the wall at a total depth of only 2” flush to the wall or on an adjustable arm. If you really wanted you could even mount it on the ceiling for some bedtime web surfing.

Built-in Base Speakers -The base comes equipped with 2 1.5W speakers, volume control and input for audio headphones. The performance of the base speakers isn't anything special, but they do work decently for being built-in monitor speakers.

The exact same features found on the 192T were also found on the SyncMaster 172W and I have zero complaints about them. All of the features only add to the monitor as a whole.

Installation + Package

As we dive into the 192T's cardboard box and pull out the goodies, we find many pleasant surprises.

[1] Mounting Bracket
[2] Installation Instructions and Software Disc
[3] Power Adapter
[4] Analog RGB Input cord
[5] Sound Cord - Used to connect the monitor's base speakers to your sound card.
[6] Digital DVI Input cord
[7] Included Warranty Information
[8] Power Cord - Connects to the Power Adapter; explained below
[9] Mounting Bracket Screws and Pegs

Here is where the power adapter and the power cord connect to each other to become one long line of electric-conducting happiness. The other end of the power cord (pictured on the left) is a 3-pronged plug obviously used to plug into a power source. The other end of the power adapter (pictured on the right) plugs into the 14V DC input located on the base of the monitor.



Installation of the monitor was very simple. Plug in the Analog/Digital input cord into the back of the 192T and your video card and turn on your computer. I am running Windows XP and when I booted up the computer with the 192T attached for the first time, it installed the monitor for me with no problems at all. Just to be safe I loaded up the included software disc. It brought me to the menu pictured in the first picture above. After I was done installing the drivers, I installed the Natural Color program. As you can see, it is a calibration tool used to fine tune your monitor and printer settings to your liking.

Overview

Now let's take a look at how the monitor looks and performs.

The panel of the 192T is made of a hard-plastic with a silver front and black back coloring. The width of the monitor is only 1" and the base depth is 8.5". For being a 19" monitor, the size of the 192T is very small. Samsung has done a very good job of compacting the monitor into a minimal amount of physical space.

As we take a look at the front of the monitor, we find the 192T's logo and control panel. The control panel buttons are as follows (from left to right): Auto Adjust, Exit/Source, Magic Bright/ "-", "+", Menu, and Power button. The Auto Adjust button is a one-touch automatic screen calibration tool. Simply press it and the 192T will adjust the display to an optimal setting. The Exit/Source button will perform as an exit option when you are in the menu system and will act as a source selector (Analog/DVI) when you are not. The Magic Bright/ "-" button will adjust the Magic Bright settings while not in the menu system and will act as a navigational button while in the menu system. The Magic Bright technology is a very nice feature that I find myself using a lot. When you press the "+" and you are not in the menu system, the brightness meter appears on your screen and from there can be adjusted by using the "+" and "-" buttons. When you are in the menu system, the "+" button simply acts as a navigational button. The Menu button brings up the 192T menu system to allow you to edit your display settings (shown below).

The menu system is very simple to use. Press the Menu button to bring it up, and then use the Menu (select command), Exit (exit command),  "+" and "-" buttons to navigate the menus. The different submenus are as follows (in order with the icons from left to right): Brightness, Contrast, Image Lock, Horizontal Position, Vertical Position, Geometry and Color Reset, Color Temperature, Halftone, Language, Menu Position, Menu Display Time, Source Select (shown above).


That's the life for me.


What is that thing?


There it is again!

    That metal peg that protrudes from the base of the 192T is the locking mechanism that will lock the monitor screen to the base when folded completely flat for wall mounting capabilities. The last picture shows the release switch to both lock and unlock the base to/from the monitor screen.

Shown above is the included mounting bracket, screws, and instructions. It looks very simple to do, however I'm afraid I don't have a spare wall to mount a monitor to so I will have to leave it at that. If anyone has used the mounting bracket feel free to email me and let me know how it went.

As you swing around the base you find the Audio In and Headphone jacks along with the volume control for the base speakers. The headphone jack is very convenient since it allows easy access for you to plug in your headphones, rather then having to plug them directly into your sound card. I'm sure anyone who uses headphones will find this to be quite handy.

The back of the base houses the three main inputs for the 192T; the 14V DC, RGB (Analog), and DVI (Digital) inputs. The input cords are all removable, which is very nice feature especially when you have to repair a faulty cord. Some monitors cut corners by having the end of the cord integrated with the rest of the monitor. This only leads to a much unneeded hassle when doing repairs to the input cords.

Performance

Now we will run the 192T through several intense display tests and see how it holds up. To ghost or not to ghost, that is the first question. The first person shooter Tactical Operations was used to test out whether or not the 192T ghosted during game play. Here is your answer...

While I was playing the game I did not see any ghosting what-so-ever. I even asked two friends of mine if they noticed any ghosting while I was playing and they agreed that there was zero ghosting occurring. I decided to take a picture while they were playing to see if the camera could pick up on something that we could not and, as you can see, it did. When I looked at the pictures I honestly could not believe that they looked the way they did because I hadn't see any such ghosting when I was playing. So technically yes, there is ghosting. Will you notice it? Highly unlikely.

Since I am "reviewing" the monitor's performance I feel that the in-game ghosting test was a relevant test to add to the review of the 192T. However, as stated earlier, the 192T is aimed towards the business, SOHO and high-end graphics users. That means people that deal with designing high quality graphics or movies. Are movies as demanding as a first person shooter? No because movies run at 24-30 frames per second while most games run at well over 60 frames per second. With that said, if you use the 192T for "high-end" purposes (designing movies, graphics, ect..) you really don't have to worry about ghosting.

The next test will use the Display Mate program to run numerous display tests on the 192T. The below images are an example of some of the display tests...

This test definitely applies to the targeted market of high-end users because of the high demand images required to be displayed. The Display Mate program not only tests black and white images but also many colored gradient images as well. Dispite the program's best efforts, the 192T passed all of the tests with ease. I might also add that I have read a few other reviews of the 192T saying that they had a problem with dead pixels but I encountered zero dead pixels during testing.


(Yes that is a blackjack table and no it's not for real money)

The last thing that I wanted to "test out" was the viewing angel of the 192T. Obviously to do this I simply positioned myself at extreme angles to the monitor and took a picture of what I saw. The viewing angle is 170° for both horizontal and vertical positions from the screen. As you can tell, you can still very much see the objects on the screen at high angles. The only change in display that occurs as you angle yourself from the screen is the brightness and contrast are only slightly degraded.



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