The Good Bright screen; fast pixel-response rate; sturdy construction.
The Bad Limited vertical viewing angles; difficult access to video and power cables.
The Bottom Line Mainstream users probably won't mind the 760vTFT's tricky balance of a bright picture and good video playback with a slightly narrow viewing angle and other small display problems, but other LCDs offer a few more features for the price.
Samsung SyncMaster 760vTFT
Samsung has built its reputation by offering good-quality monitors at rock-bottom prices. The Samsung SyncMaster 760vTFT continues this tradition; currently it costs $749 and comes with a $100 rebate good through December 31, 2001, bringing it close to the price of a 15-inch LCD. Even though its image quality has a few problems, it's still a decent value overall.Samsung has built its reputation by offering good-quality monitors at rock-bottom prices. The Samsung SyncMaster 760vTFT continues this tradition; currently it costs $749 and comes with a $100 rebate good through December 31, 2001, bringing it close to the price of a 15-inch LCD. Even though its image quality has a few problems, it's still a decent value overall.
Built like a tank
The 760vTFT has a sturdy, boxlike exterior. The case has a swivel base for horizontal movement (it requires a bit of effort to move) and a base-mounted tilt adjustment for vertical movement, which is especially important, given the limited vertical viewing angles (discussed below). Routing the video and power cables through the back of the monitor is complicated by two plastic panels that have to be removed each time you need access. These panels felt solid, though their tabs may weaken with frequent use. You can also mount the monitor using a VESA-compatible wall- or arm-mount.
You access the onscreen display menu by using four front-mounted buttons: a menu button, an exit button, and two cursor buttons. The menu key selects the function, the exit key deselects it, and the two cursor buttons move you through the menu functions, which are typical: Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Position. An image-sized control lets you scale the display image to fit the 1,280x1,024 native resolution--even if your graphics card is capable of displaying only a lower resolution. A fifth button auto-adjusts the image.
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