Indeed, the SyncMaster 213T and the Dell 2001FP share many similar design qualities. For starters, both monitors use a similar ring shaped stand with counter weighting. Both monitors also use comparable universal joints that allows the screen to pivot, tilt and rotate.

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Check out how both LCDs use the same cable management.

Samsung 213T

Dell 2001FP

However, past aesthetic design, these monitors begin to differ quickly. Each monitor consumes a similar footprint, but the 213T dwarfs the 2001FP in size. Where the 2001FP screen is 16" by 12" exactly, the 213T measures 17" by 12.75". A little bit of simple algebra concludes that the 213T has a screensize that is 11% larger than the 2001FP.

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Samsung designed this LCD with modest input design; there are no frills. Below you can see one DVI and one 15 pin D-Sub input, as well as an AC power socket. We have seen many other less expensive units with more input options, so the lack of S-Video or composite options is a slight disappointment. We have mentioned in the past that LCDs with TV signal processing are often subject to much higher "consumer electronics" import duties, as opposed to "computer display" duties. It is probably likely that Samsung has not opted to incorporate TV support to keep this unnecessary cost down.

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  • araczynski - Friday, February 20, 2004 - link

    so the bottom line is that for the serious gamer there's still no reason to get an LCD.
  • PrinceGaz - Friday, February 20, 2004 - link

    Do you have any CRT monitor reviews coming up or only LCD ones?
  • damage75 - Friday, August 5, 2011 - link

    I have been running two 213T monitors continuously for 7 years. Both displays, including the CCFL's are working perfectly. Zero dead or stuck pixels. If there is a diminished brightness, which there has to be, it is not causally visible.

    I think I am tempting fate by posting this ;-)

    The only negative items are these:

    1) I bought them when very first available - $1600.00 each.
    2) After about 5 years one monitor became unable to hold it's weight. It would slump. Even after disassembly and reassembly it would not hold it's position. This "can" be corrected, but frankly at this point I can live with it.

    In 2004 I blew away my colleagues with two amazing 21.3" PVA monitors (powered by a 9800XT). Here we are in 2011 and they are still running perfectly. I know I am "lucky", but it is worthwhile to post that they are still in use and still excellent monitors. I would like to thank Anand and Samsung for this outstanding purchase. Even at that very high cost, they have amortized themselves into nearly free service. The points made by Anand are true - slow response and the black level is not optimum. That has not affected my pleasure/perforamnce with using them.

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