by April 1, 1999 0 comments

With the launch of the SyncMaster IFT Series
of paper-flat PC displays, the PC peripherals market in India is gearing up for a new
revolution. The SyncMaster 700 IFT (Rs 25,000, Samsung Electronics, New Delhi,
010-6911747) is the second flat CRT-based 17" monitor in India—following
LG’s Flatron 78FT which was introduced in July 1998 (see PCQ August 1998, page 145).

The design sports Samsung’s indigenous
DynaFlat technology which generates a deflection of 90 degrees on a physically flat
surface at a low radiation. A super-fine phosphor coating on the screen allows for less
glare and increased contrast. The flat screen also reduces reflections of room lights. Its
swivel base lets you adjust it for even comfortable viewing. The surface is kind of shiny;
a matte surface would have reduced reflection further.

As with all CRTs, the 17" sports a
16" viewable area. The image was rectangular, sharp and flicker-free. No distortion
was observed when the refresh rate was switched from 85 Hz (1280×1024 resolution,
recommended) to 76 Hz (1600×1200 resolution). The display sports horizontal and vertical
dot-pitch sizes of 0.20 mm and 0.25 mm respectively.

The 700 IFT is plug-and-play and comes with 10
factory mode settings including position, size, pincushion, trapezoid, parallelogram,
tilt, color temperature, color control, manual degauss and recall. You can make these
settings using its onscreen display control "Display Director".

The 19 kg display works with Macs and various
workstations, and you can attach a USB port to it. It comes with Colorific color
management software for the PCs and MacMaster for the Macs.

The SyncMaster 900 IFT, the 19" version,
is also available at Rs 35,000. RQS# E04205

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