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 Samsung SyncMaster 213T
LCD 21.3" UXGA LCD (Active Matrix)
pixel pitch: 0.27mm
Anti-glare coating
PVA Mode
Scanning Frequency Horizontal: 31-80kHz (analog)
Vertical: 56-76Hz
Response Time 25ms (Typical)
Contrast Ratio 500:1 (Typical)
Compatibility 1600 x 1200 (Native)
Brightness 250 cd/m2
Dimensions (WxHxD) 18.6"x 18.0" x 8.7"
Power Working: 75W
Standby/Off: 5W
Weight 11.2lbs
Warranty 3 years parts and labor

At first glance these specifications are copasetic, particularly for a display of this size; good contrast ratio, brightness and response time. The pixel pitch is a little too large for some tastes, but even at 0.27mm the pitch is still capable. We can see that the PVA display mode is a dead giveaway that inside this behemoth is a Samsung manufactured panel. The PVA technology is exclusive to Samsung, and there just aren't that many people who make 21.3" TFT panels. Even though the LCD sports a 25ms TrTf response time, our experiences with other Samsung produced panels indicates that the more important gray to gray response and color replication are better than average.

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The 213T uses a near identical method for ventilation as the Dell 2001FP. Slits around the rear perimeter of the display provide passive cooling with no fans. Even though Samsung manages to passively cool their huge panel and the AC to DC inverter, excessive passive cooling unnecessarily exposes the components of the display. The TFT will emit excessive interference and dust will wreak havoc on the mechanisms inside.

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Our particular 213T came with only two flaws. Near the right side of the screen we found one dead subpixel adjacent to a dead pixel. Two inches directly underneath this group we found another dead subpixel. Three dead pixels/subpixels is about par for the course on a 1600x1200 LCD. We found a blue subpixel stuck "on" near the left bezel, but after several hours of use this imperfection seemed to correct itself.

Construction Wallmount, Swivel, Pivot
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  • techna1 - Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - link

    I just got 213T and I am semi-impressed with the display. After reading anandtech's review I was conviced that ghosting would be very minimal if not absent, but after playing COD, UT2004 and FarCry I have realized that is not so. I do not consider myself an avid gamer. I game a few times a month mainly at LAN parties butI found the ghosting to be very annoying especially in dark low contrast levels. COD is probably the worst due to the intense amount of dark grey, but UT2004 can also be bad too. In very dark areas you tend to lose a lot of information. For example dtails in dark corners in may UT2004 levels are completely lost on the Samsung compared to any standard CRT display. I tested the 213T and a high-end 21" CRT side by side using dual ouput and could really see the differences in dark or grey levels. I would suggest not purchasing this LCD is you plan to game more than a few hours per week. It's just not worth it. One saving point for games though is the intensity of the color and brightness. Explosions and light tend to be very intense and dramatic giving games an interesting edge that I have not seen on any CRT before. Basically from what I can tell, CRT produce much better black levels but LCD like the 213T win for producing brighter colors.

    However, for those who don't game I am pleased to report the LCD is excellent for other tasks such as text and graphics. The LCD is very sharp and bright making most standard windows tasks easy on the eyes. I was quickly annoyed when returing to a CRT for text just after a few hours on the 213T.

    Lastly, DVD playback was pretty good, but I still had issues with DVDs that are very dark. After watching resident evil, I realized that LCDs just don't cut it where dark colors and lots of black is required. The black levels although good were still a little to bright to really make DVDs easy to watch (some reviewers claimed the black levels are equal to monitor when it is off, however that is entirely false). However, Shrek, a much brighter film, looked excellent and gave the 213T a chance to show off its vivid picture.

    Bottom line: Not the best for gaming or DVDs, but everything else is the best I have seen on an LCD. I ended up keeping my CRT and running it in dual mode (extended desktop) on my 5950FX, using the 213T for everyday applications and my CRT for games and DVDs. Its a pretty good solution but I really wanted the LCD for LAN parties for easy transport but I guess I'll have to wait for something better for that.

    BTW, I got my on You can easily pick one up for $800.00 + 35.00 shipping. The cheapest I found them retail were 980 before shipping, so ebay is by far the best bet.

    Good luck!
  • davidjay - Tuesday, March 9, 2004 - link

    An excellent, detailed review of the Samsung 213T LCD monitor, but I spotted one oversight:

    Your comment: "...the monitor must be tilted before rotated since there is not enough clearance between the panel and the stand...." indicates you're not aware that the stand has a vertical adjustment. Raise it a couple inches, and there's no need to tilt the panel back when rotating it 90 degrees and back.

  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - link

    dalhtech: Waiting for our sample.

  • dalhtech - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - link

    Will Anand review the Sharp LL-T2015? From the specs it seems like a good balance between the Samsung and Dell's respective strengths.
  • DrumBum - Monday, February 23, 2004 - link

    "We have some more monitors coming up later this month so stay tuned!"

    Which monitors are you reviewing?
  • Lorrin - Monday, February 23, 2004 - link

    How does the color reproduction of a high-end monitor like this one compare to that of LCD's pitched at the graphic arts market -- like the Apple Cinema Display or the Formac monitors?
  • Odeen - Monday, February 23, 2004 - link

    [q]The pixel [0.27mm dot] pitch is a little too large for some tastes[/q]

    I don't know of a better way of putting this, but you DORKS!

    Do the math.

    sqrt(1600^2 + 1200^2) = sqrt(4000000) = 2000
    So the monitor has two thousand pixels across the diagonal.

    The monitor is 21.3" measured diagonally, which is 21.3*25.4 (mm/inches) = 541.02mm diagonally. Over half a meter! :)

    541.02 mm / 2000 pixels =0.27051mm per pixel, or 0.27mm dot pitch.

    Which means that EVERY 21" monitor capable of a maximum resolution of 1600x1200 will have .27mm diagonal pixels!

    The only way to achieve a finer dot pitch is to a) increase the resolution w/o increasing size as much, which shrinks the image, or b) decrease image size.

    That's why a Dell 2001FP will have a smaller dot pitch (.255mm, if I recall)- it has to pack the same 2.1 million pixels into an 11% smaller area!

    A .27mm dot pitch on a 14" clunker means the resolution is severely limited. But there's no practical way to decrease the dot pitch on a behemoth such as this one. Nor is there a reason to.
  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, February 23, 2004 - link

    23: they represent which generation the monitor is. The letter denotes teh feature.
    T: means the high end LCDs (dual input)
    X: means low response time
    N: means thin bezel for multimonitor
    S: means system builder LCDs usually with just one vga input.

    The 213T breaks teh batter for some reason but oh well.

  • wizardsinc - Monday, February 23, 2004 - link

    I believe the 213T has a 21.3 inch diagonal, so it's possible that the last digit represents 10ths of an inch diagonal.
  • airchie - Monday, February 23, 2004 - link

    Can anyone tell me what the model numbers on Samsung screens mean?

    Theres 191T, 192T, 193T, 172x etc

    obviously the first two digits are the screen size.
    What do the third digit and the letter denote?
    The letter (I think) tells you if it has speakers built in or other features etc.

    Anyone know for sure what they all mean?

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