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Samsung SyncMaster 730BF 17-inch 4ms TFT LCD
By Zachary Chan
Category : Monitor
Published by Vijay Anand on Saturday, 30th July, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

ViewSonic has been stagnated at the very top of the LCD speed race for many months after the launch of their 4ms VX series of monitors. Although their competitors have been quick to respond with product announcements, it is only recent that the contenders in the response time race have begun to trickle in. Surprisingly, instead of BenQ being the first in line, it is Samsung that arrived first. However, it wasn't without its fair share of uncertainty and a whole lot of rumors behind the scenes. Samsung first announced their low response time models with RTA (Response Time Accelerator) overdrive technology at the recent CeBIT 2005 trade show. They had on display a 4ms 19-inch prototype that had a 930B model number. These ultra-fast monitors were scheduled to arrive in time for summer, though later it seemed that the plans were scrapped for the 4ms displays. When the 930B and 730B models arrived around May 2005, they were fitted with 8ms panels instead. This of course was quite disappointing, but Samsung has hinted of a successor and here we are with the Samsung SyncMaster 730BF, finally a 4ms Gray-to-Gray (GTG) panel that would take on ViewSonic's VX724.

With Samsung generally being known to produce better panels than AU Optronics, we were quite optimistic on the quality and performance of the 730BF. Samsung themselves are a little tight lipped and even a little confusing about the monitor's inner workings (the Australian site mentions that the 730BF employ a PVA panel), but we found out that the 730BF is made up of a standard TN panel with RTA technology to achieve the 4ms GTG timing. Let's have a look at its technical specifications before going further into the review.

Front view of the Samsung SyncMaster 730BF.


Rear view of the Samsung SyncMaster 730BF.

Samsung SyncMaster 730BF Technical Specifications
LCD
  • Type : 17-inch active panel TFT display
  • Native Resolution : 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
  • Active Display Area : 337.92mm(H) x 270.33mm(V)
  • Brightness :  300cd/m²
  • Contrast Ratio :  600:1
  • Colors: 16.2 million
  • Response Time :  4ms Gray to Gray
  • Dot Pitch :  0.264mm
  • Viewing Angle : 160° (V) x 160° (H)
Preset Timing Modes
  • 640 x 480 @ 60, 72, 75Hz
  • 720 x 400 @ 70Hz
  • 800 x 600 @ 60, 72, 75Hz
  • 1024 x 768 @ 60, 70, 75Hz
  • 1152 x 864 @ 75Hz
  • 1280 x 960 @ 60Hz
  • 1280 x 1024 @ 60, 75Hz
Input
  • Analog : D-Sub
  • Digital : DVI-D
  • Horizontal Frequency : 30~81kHz
  • Vertical Frequency : 56~75Hz
Control
  • Basic : Menu, MagicBright/Down, Brightness/Up, Enter, Auto Calibration, Power
  • OSD : Brightness, Contrast, MagicColor, Color tone, Color control, Gamma, Coarse, Fine, Sharpness, H-Position, V-Position, OSD, Image reset, Color reset, Information
Operating Conditions
  • Power Consumption : 34W (max)
  • Power Saving : <1W
  • Voltage : AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz (auto switch)
  • Operating Temperature : 10° - 40°
  • Humidity : 10% - 80%
Physical
  • Dimensions : 382(W) x 386.2(H) x 175(D) mm
  • Net Weight : 3.6kg
  • Gross Weight : 5kg
Safety & EMI
  • CE, EPA ENERGY STAR, ENERGY2000, TCO'99

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