anyone would agree, 17" monitors are fast becoming the mnimum
size for all computer systems nowadays, replacing the 15" monitor.
Sure, a lot of others might say that 19" monitors instead are
becoming the norm, but try hefting one of those around, and you
will definitely agree that a 17" monitor has just the right
blend of convenience and desktop real-estate available.
issue to mention when selecting a monitor is whether or not it is
a flat screen monitor. As much as flat screen monitors are becoming
the rage, the non-flat screen range of monitors available cater
more towards the budget minded, whereas the flat screen monitors
cater for the power users and whose wallets can absorb the extra
This is where
Samtron monitors come into the picture. An OEM version of Samsung
monitors relabelled with the Samtron brand, they are affordable
and provide the same quality that Samsung monitors have to offer.
The 17" non-flat version, the Samtron 76E, costs about RM
540-550 (USD 142-144) in most shops here in Kuala Lumpur, while
offering a 1 year warranty. The Samsung monitor of an equivalent
size and design costs RM 50 (USD13) more on average, while offering
a 3 year warranty.
in the Package
comes in a huge box, measuring 53.4cm x 55.2cm x 46.7cm (21.02"
x 21.73" x 18.39"), but not that huge that it causes
trouble carrying it back to the car. Inside the box was:
The quick setup
guide was actually a small booklet, coming in 7 different languages,
and was pretty detailed in its contents, from unpacking the monitor
and setting it up to installing the proper monitor driver and selecting
the correct refresh rate.The power cord for the monitor goes from
your monitor to the PSU of your PC. Some say that plugging the monitor
power through your computer's PSU will cause instability, and therefore
suggest plugging your monitor's power cord straight into the main
power socket instead. I personally have had no problems with my
monitor getting its power from my PSU, so there it stays. I didn't
get a warranty card, but my warranty will be from my retailer instead.
No problems there either. The Driver CD came with drivers for Win9x/Me/2000
operating systems, as well as Linux too. Also on the CD is a HTML-based
manual, again very detailed and also coming in 7 languages.