Samsung SyncMaster 150 review: Samsung SyncMaster 150

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The Good Top-notch display; built-in TV tuner; video inputs; infrared remote control.

The Bad Hefty price tag; average speakers.

The Bottom Line This LCD's innovative and space-saving features are worth the added expense--if you need them.

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The convergence of TV and computers continues at its herky-jerky pace, with next-generation, flat-panel displays playing a leading role on the hardware side. Toward that end, Samsung is going after space-conscious technophiles with a 15-inch LCD display that doubles as a full-function, standalone television. But this is no novelty act--the SyncMaster 150MP has plenty of perks that, for many users, will warrant the extra cash. The convergence of TV and computers continues at its herky-jerky pace, with next-generation, flat-panel displays playing a leading role on the hardware side. Toward that end, Samsung is going after space-conscious technophiles with a 15-inch LCD display that doubles as a full-function, standalone television. But this is no novelty act--the SyncMaster 150MP has plenty of perks that, for many users, will warrant the extra cash.

A Flock of Features
If you're pinched for space and need to consolidate your multimedia equipment, this elegant display can replace your bulky CRT monitor and television for a fraction of the space. Located in a cramped compartment on the 150MP's backside, you'll find the TV input (for a cable or an antenna); one RGB (red, green, blue) input; and two video inputs (composite and S-video) for watching video or DVDs.

For some PC users/TV hounds, the Samsung might be a dream come true. The panel's built-in TV tuner allows you to watch your favorite shows independently of your PC. And if you want a close-up of Cindy Crawford's mole, the SyncMaster 150MP can zoom in to any portion of an image and magnify it up to 64 times. It also offers picture-in-picture viewing, so you can watch movies while working on your computer applications.

The display's thoughtfully designed base folds into a handle for convenient transport. Well-constructed touch-sensitive control buttons and an onscreen menu are easy to use. And an infrared remote control made adjustments and channel surfing couch-potato friendly.

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  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 15 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.3 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 300:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 4:3
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