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An excellent product

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24.10.2006

Advantages:
Very good functionality

Disadvantages:
Aspect ratio will not stay put !

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This is an excellent product, far exceeding my expectations upon purchasing it.

As a TV, the tuner works fine. It has a myriad of connections - RF, Scart, RGB and S-Video. I use it with Sky Digital, a Playstation 2, analogue TV and an iPod video, all hooked up at once, without any adapters or switch boxes. I find the size and quality quite acceptable for viewing Sky and playing on the Playstation. The picture is crisp and clear.

I rarely use the built in speaker, but the clarity and volume are perfectly okay.

As a monitor, the screen performs well. Admittedly, I tend to use another monitor for video and gaming, and only occasionally use this as a secondary monitor, but there's no discernable difference between this and my other monitor, which is one of the better Viewsonic displays.

Both VGA and DVI connections are available, and there's a single 3.5mm audio input, should you wish to use it instead of computer speakers. I must admit that I haven't used this, so I don't know how it performs when you're using both PC and TV.

Whereas with other monitors, I have noticed little difference between using VGA and DVI connectors, the difference on this monitor is noticeable, but only just.

The menu system is tidy and straightforward - although there does seem to be a slight glitch with the aspect ratio on the auxillary source switching from widescreen to 4:3. This is a very minor aggravation, and it's really the only criticism I can think of.

It has a "Picture in Picture" option, with several sizing and placement options. Although this is not something I'd considered when shopping, this has turned out to be a very useful function that I use constantly. You do have to set the PiP every time you switch the monitor on, and cycle through the difference sources to get it right, but other than that, an excellent function.

The remote control is quite respectable, although the layout and labelling seems needlessly confusing.

It has teletext, and you can set up the Sky+ remote to work the volume/ on/off buttons.

Software is supplied, but in my experience, it was not needed and caused problems with my other monitor - it was Plug-and-Play with Windows XP.

If you haven't seen this "in the flesh", the silver front fascia is a good finish, not at all like the cheap silver plastic you see on a lot of budget-range PC peripherals. The back is black plastic, and the connections are arranged along the bottom and left-hand edges (as you face the screen). The circular base tilts, but doesn't turn.

I've had the screen for at least six months now, I use it daily, and it's still as good as new.

I've never owned a similar product to compare this to, but I am extremely pleased with it. Aside from it's compact size, it's the best performing television I've ever owned, the best performing monitor, and overall, excellent in terms of value, quality, looks and performance.
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torr 24.10.2006 17:30

Welcome to Ciao. Good first review. Duncan

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Manufacturer's product description

The Samsung SyncMaster 940MW is a 19-inch TFT-LCD monitor delivering an ultra-fast response time of 8ms, 700:1 cont...

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MPN LS19DOWSS, LS19DOWSS/XSA, 940MW, LS19DOCSS/EDC, 940MW-SILVER, SM-940MW, LS19DOCSS, LS19DOCSS/XAA
Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Diagonal Size 19"

Audio

Type Speakers - stereo - internal, Speakers - stereo - integrated, Speakers - stereo, Speakers
Output Power / Channel 3 Watt

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