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Samsung SyncMaster 753DF


Clear and bright screen, completely flat

Could be larger, quite large tube

Recommendable Yes:

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Image Size in relation to tube sizeGood

Ease of InstallationExcellent - very quick and easy


Manufacturer SupportExcellent

Instruction manualGood

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I've been using this monitor for a couple of years now, I decided on Samsung as I bought a 15" Samsung Syncmaster monitor in 1995 and I still use it as a test monitor to this day, 10 years of use and still flawless, the reason I went for another Samsung.
I've always been a fan of Samsung as I have never purchased a poor Samsung product.

The Syncmaster 753DF is a 17" monitor of which around 16" is actually viewable. The actual screen is completely flat as opposed to the curved screens and I mean completely flat, you could put a spirit level across it and it would show you how flat the glass really is, I'm not sure what effect this is meant to have on the user but I prefer it to the standard curved screen. The glass on the monitor has an anti-reflective coating and surprisingly this does actually work; on a bright day you can still see your reflection in the monitor but everything appears to take on a dark-blue tint, a weird effect which is quite hard to explain but it defiantely works. There's the usual problems with sun shining on the monitor though, this can't really be solved by the monitor manufacturers, it's usually solved by closing the curtains/blinds.

The maximum resolution this monitor can display is 1280 x 1024 which isn't a brilliantly high resolution but it will fit most users needs, I don't know anybody who uses a resolution at or above what this monitor displays. The maximum refresh rate of the monitor is 100Hz at 800x600, 85Hz at 1024x768 and 75Hz at 1152x864. I use the monitor at 1152x864 as I use a lot of graphics applications and I don't find any problem with the refresh rate of the monitor.

The quality of the picture is very clear, I've seen monitors previously which are a little "out of focus" but the SyncMaster 753 produces a very clear and sharp image.
The menu on this monitor is very easy to use, in the past I've sat at the computer for ages trying to work out how to change the size of the picture, switching through loads of menus just to change the size of the screen, the SyncMaster 753 however I find the menu very easy to use; on the front of the monitor there are 4 buttons, one to go to the menu and select things, one to exit from the menu and 2 left/right change selection buttons to go to the option you require. There are no wheels underneath the monitor to change the brightness/contrast, this is changed from the menu, this could be a disadvantage to some users who are used to changing the brightness/contrast by rotating a wheel underneath the monitor.

The SyncMaster 753 weighs 16.4kg which is pretty light for a 17" pure-flat monitor, so you shouldn't have too many problems moving it around (Not like you move your monitor often anyway). The tube on the monitor is pretty large so if you've got a small desk you might find that the monitor comes pretty far out from the wall although I guess this is a problem with a lot of monitors as the larger the screen, the longer the tube.

Conclusion: I'm very happy with this monitor and will use it until I can't resist buying a larger screen or the monitor dies (Which will be a long time if it's anything like my 15" Samsung from 1995). I'm not sure if they continue to produce this monitor but I'd be surprised if they did. If you happen to see one at a computer fayre or online somewhere and you're looking for a good quality 17" monitor then I can recommend the Samsung SyncMaster 753DF.

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hackersupr 13.04.2005 22:19

Great op :D I have a HP monitor ( reviewed ) which sounds similar to yours :D

mrpaella 13.04.2005 20:56

I liked the amount of detail that you put in the op. It seems that you are very happy with your Samsung monitor. Thanks...Paul xxx

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Whatever your applications are, Samsung has the perfect monitor to help you complete your tasks successfully. The S...


Display Type CRT monitor / CRT
Diagonal Size 17"


Interfaces 1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
Connections 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) - 1

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