Introduction

We were excited to take a first look at Albatron's 30" LCD TV, a CE device that also is aimed to please the ultra high end PC enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the monitor was plagued with problems including scaling and resolution issues. However, a new company approached us several weeks ago with a new LCD based on the same panel as the Albatron LWX-30. Knowing that the majority of the flaws in the Albatron LCD were in the signal processors, and not the panel, we took a chance to see what Syntax could offer.



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At first glance, the Syntax Olevia and Albatron/Monivision LWX-30 are aesthetically very similar. After a few minutes though, it becomes clear that the Syntax unit is actually much cleaner and elegant in design. The monitor blends plastic, brushed aluminum, steel and acrylic.

Cable management behind the Olevia LT-30 was excellent. Removable panels allow us to string cabling behind, underneath or around any components in the rear of the unit. Below, you can see that the panels are attached by oversized plastic thumb screws.



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The LCD had two component inputs, one set of composite and S-Video inputs, a coaxial TV tuner input, and digital and analog connectors. A key feature of the component and tuner inputs is that they are modular. What's good about these two modules on the LCD is that Syntax or end users can replace them without having to replace the entire panel or subsystems. Although it may not affect consumers in the long run, Syntax has the option of switching the analog TV tuner for something more capable in the future, without retooling the entire unit.




DVI Inputs
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Component Inputs
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Construction
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  • gbc02 - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    Nice review, although I would have liked a little more information in regards to component input quality vs DVI input quality. I sure it would be similar, but as the owner of an AWI 9800pro wanting one (syntax olevia 30') to use as a second monitor, it would be nice to see a comparison of the two input methods.

    Anyone out there have any input as to how the component input would compare to the DVI input (or VGA, as I might buy a PCI vidcard) with relation to Powerstrip & gaming etc. let me know.

    thx.
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  • MAME - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    I meant the 30 inch lcd display

    apple was saying how they are the first to bring it out but now they're not alone.

    Yes the resolution is crap in comparison but it's literally half as much ($700 video card needed for the apple). For another $500, you'll be able to get a high resolution LCD soon
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  • Dagar - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    "... screen capable of 1080p." It should be 1080i.

    However, how or why would you consider interlacing a signal on a digital display?
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  • araczynski - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    still crap compared to the new apple one, half the price, but that's won't mean much when you try to use it for some gaming.

    not sure what they were tryign to accomplish with this monitor, maybe just the typical sheep-milking, imagine that.
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  • Apologiliac - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    Those game screenshots look tinted blue alot and the UT2k4 one looks like it has too much red :( Reply
  • Fr0zeN2 - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    But shouldn't ratings be given out be comparable to other products at this exact instant in time? Going along with your logic, in 10 years or so every single product you review would get 5's and there'd be no point in doing reviews. It's just like how game sites review games -- a 9.0 5 years ago would get maybe a 5 today. You need to keep raising your standards to match the rate at which technology is progressing :p Reply
  • klah - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    "Stealing apple's thunder"

    Resolution: 1280x768
    Apple's Res: 2560 x 1600

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    "LCD quality has improved dramatically enough that we need to reevaluate our subjective benchmark. I am open to suggestions if anyone has them."

    Have you ever considered renting a high-speed video camera(1000pps should suffice) and determining actual response times? Perhaps you could test 10-20 or so color transitions in addition to the black-white-black time they provide us with now. If the expense is too great to do this often, maybe a single article devoted to this with every lcd you can get hold of would be possible. I would definitely like to see the response times from some of the worst case scenarios on the new 12-16ms lcds. You could find some good transitions to test here: http://www.extremetech.com/print_article/0,3428,a=...

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  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    Zebo we used to give out 3s, 2s, and even 1s. To be honest, in the last two years LCD quality has improved dramatically enough that we need to reevaluate our subjective benchmark. I am open to suggestions if anyone has them.

    Kristopher
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  • Zebo - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    I guess it's an unwriiten rule when using a 1-5 scale never giver an average 3? 25 ms could'nt be anything else but a 2-3.

    I'm going to assume from now on since I've never seen below a 4 in any of these monitor reviews 4 means below average, 4.5 average, 5 good.
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  • DerekWilson - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - link

    This is a lower resolution part than Apple's solution ... Reply

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