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Samsung SyncMaster 214T

The previous three monitors occupy the bottom price niche, but the SyncMaster 214T is quite the opposite. It is a rather expensive monitor on a 21” PVA matrix with response time compensation.

Although the case of the 214T isn’t large as 21” monitors normally go, its massive and tall stand makes it look rather bulky. The monitor is made of silvery plastic and is designed differently than the models with smaller screen diagonals.

With that stand you can adjust the tilt and height of the screen and to pivot it into the portrait mode. The screen can also be turned around the vertical axis, the bottom part of the stand remains still at that. The height can be varied from 12.5 to 23 centimeters above the desk. Coupled with a 4:3 matrix, this makes the monitor rather tall.

You can unfasten four screws to replace the standard stand with a VESA-compatible mount.

The button at the bottom of the stand locks it so that you could carry the monitor about. The circle above it is intended for fastening the cables attached to the monitor.

The SyncMaster 214T has analog and digital inputs and two video inputs (composite and S-Video). It lacks built-in speakers, so there are no audio inputs. If you want to connect the monitor to a DVD player or some other video source, you’ll have to use external speakers (this is not a disaster considering the traditionally low quality of monitor speakers). The power adapter is internal.

The square-shaped monitor’s controls are located in the bottom left of the case. Quick access (without your having to enter the main menu) is provided to switching between the MagicBright modes (three in total: Text, Internet and Entertain), to switching between the inputs, to the brightness setting and to the auto-adjustment feature.

 
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