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How is the Samsung 900NF on text?

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August 17, 2002 4:06:43 AM

I'll be buying a 19" $300-$350 monitor on Sunday or Monday. I am currently leaning towards the Samsung 900NF, as I've heard many good things about it. I'll be using it for web browsing, email, Linux (eventually programming) and games (if I can find the time). My wife will be doing significant word processing, and her eyes are somewhat picky. I'm sure it'll be fine for my games from what I've heard. Does anyone have anything to add concerning this monitor and text display? (she'll probably be running 1280x1024 @ 85 Hz (or higher Hz). If you know of a better monitor for my needs, speak up. Thanks.

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August 20, 2002 3:40:59 AM

GoSharks, I was wondering about the technology of the Diamondtrons which use 1 electron gun, and the Trinitrons that use 3 electron guns.

Do diamondtrons suffer from convergence problems? I ask because Trinitrons use 3 guns and if any of the 3 guns is misplaced you get misconvergence.
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August 20, 2002 4:03:20 AM

Lets get something straight, Both Triniton (Sony) and Diamontron (Mitsubishi) use one electron gun. The electron gun uses three cathodes, one each for red, green and blue. The designs are virtually identical, anything you may hear differently is marketing hype pure and simple.

Convergence is a function of the design of the deflection yoke and how well the unit is aligned at the factory. There is no such thing as a CRT monitor with perfect convergence. Since humans align CRT monitors, variation is inevitable, no matter what CRT is used. I suggest you call and ask what the convergence specs are for the monitor you are interested in. This will also give you agood idea of how the company may treat you after you make the purchase.

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August 20, 2002 11:11:48 PM

ok, thanks :p 
August 22, 2002 8:24:28 AM

Whether it has one "gun" or three "guns", all color crts have three cathodes. The use of the word "gun" has become confused. One gun may be three guns connected together and thus defined as "one" instead of three. The important thing is that three color emitters (cathodes) are always used for color monitors in the current state of color technology. Thus diamondtrons and trinitrons would have the same type of convergence issues or not. I suspect that arrangement of the cathodes, if different between trinitron and diamondtron, could technically could impact the convergence and focus of each color. For instance, if each cathode is spread far apart, then the angle it which each hits the screen will be different and may result in incompletely overlapping color areas that is seen as convergence errors. With smaller differences, the angle difference diminishes. I don't know, but doubt that this is a significant issue between trinitron and diamondtron guns. The significant issue may be, as Goshark said, how well the convergence is aligned manually rather than the type of gun used.

I've noticed bad convergence errors in some genuine sony monitors, but more important I've noticed ghosting (different from convergence) as a recurring theme in sony monitors.

Quality is better than name brand, even regarding beloved AMD.
September 5, 2002 4:54:50 AM

Did you get your 900nf yet? How do you like it?
September 8, 2002 10:36:59 PM

I received my 900NF a couple of weeks ago, I guess, and I like it a great deal. My wife has no complaints and, though I haven't played any games with it yet (studying for the professional engineer exam) the color looks good. I've looked for geometric distortions or areas of bad focus, but I can't find any. I don't have Displaymate to run, but I might use the demo soon.

There was a while when I thought that I had a problem. I am running WinXP Pro, and the login screen is solid blue, with a couple icons for the different users. I looked at that one day and realized that the top left corner was a lot lighter than the rest of the screen, in a circular pattern. I logged in to see my desktop, and couldn't detect the problem. After looking at various desktops and pictures, I realized that the light circle is a part of the login screen, and had nothing to do with my monitor.
Kind of a funny experience.
September 9, 2002 4:36:11 AM

It's funny, I have been reading up on monitors for the last few months. One day I am going with Misubishi and then lg and now I am back to viewsonic or your 900nf. The strange thing is that whenever I go to a store and look at the monitors (like the necfe991sb), I end up liking the viewsonic or 900f, for color quality more. The nec was hooked up to a comp by itself with g4ti card and the smasung and viewsonic on a spliter which makes it even stranger. Let me know how that it is with games, if you get a chance.
September 9, 2002 5:17:31 AM

Unfortunately I won't have any games installed until after Oct. 25 (that's when my professional engineering exam is). But I am greatly looking forward to games, since the best I've experienced up until now has been Red Faction on my wife's old 14" Packard Bell monitor from around 1996.

I am running this thing right now at 1600x1200x32 @ 75 Hz (my GF3Ti200 won't go to 85 HZ at 32 bit color, I am pretty sure the monitor is capable of it). At this resolution, though, I don't notice any flicker or anything else undesirable.

Good luck. Also, I must mention that New Egg was the only shop with this monitor in stock, and they had cheap shipping.
September 9, 2002 11:13:20 AM

I think Mitsubishi Pro series monitor are great. I have Diamond Pro 900u for 4 years and liked it very much. Two months ago I need to get a new monitors for my son's computer after compare a few different monitors at a few local stores decide to get Diamond Pro 920.
September 16, 2002 6:17:08 AM

Good monitor choice, but I think this post is about the samsung 900nf not mitsubishi dp900u.

Quality is better than name brand, even regarding beloved AMD.