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Flat-panel LCD monitors tout all-in-one capability

Posted: 08 Jan 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Samsung Electronics USA tomorrow will launch 21- and 24-inch HDTV-ready flat-panel monitors that function as slim computer monitors, full-featured TVs with tuners and video monitors with inputs for a DVD player, VCR, camcorder or any video device. The SyncMaster 211MP and SyncMaster 241MP, which the Irvine, California, company will roll out at the Consumer Electronics Show, are to ship in February.

These active-matrix, TFT LCDs are designed for video and audio professionals looking to produce digital content for computer videogames, films and HDTV production, said Rey Roque, vice president of marketing for Samsung's Digital Information Technology Division.

The 21-inch SyncMaster 211MP and 24-inch SyncMaster 241MP allow users to create combinations of real video and animation and combine these elements using computer-based tools.

The monitors are also designed for general nonlinear video editing. They offer analog RGB and CVBS video input, component video, S-Video and HDTV capability, and include a modular TV tuner with an antenna connection for cable TV and satellite viewing. The TV tuner allows for a fully geared standalone TV that supports NTSC TV and video signals.

The monitors use the company's Patterned Vertical Alignment, a patented technology that incorporates an advance in liquid-cell structure that's said to improve the four major viewing criteria: viewing angle, brightness, contrast and response time. Both displays feature an extrawide, 1700 viewing angle and ultrahigh contrast ratio of 500:1. Their response time of <25ms is said to be a major advantage for motion video.

The 211MP offers a maximum resolution of 1,600x1,200 pixels; the 241MP allows for a maximum resolution of 1,920x1,200 pixels.

Dimensions of the SyncMaster 211MP with stand are 530.86-by-424.18-by-66.04mm; the 241MP measures 632.46-by-421.64-by-66.04mm. The monitors weigh 9.89kg and 12.02kg, respectively.

Viewers can have full control over the on-screen image, Samsung said, thanks to a scaling feature that makes it possible to magnify any portion of the image 17 times. One-touch auto adjustment offers fast and accurate viewing that works on any pattern. Both units feature a remote controller, soft-touch control buttons, plug-and-play setup, 3D surround-sound external speakers and a removable stand that allows for wall and ceiling mounting.

The SyncMaster 211MP with TV tuner will sell for $4,999; the SyncMaster 241MP with TV tuner will carry a suggested retail price of $6,999.

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