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Samsung T260HD Monitor... ?

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  1. Sasqui

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    I'm thinking about getting this, though it's a TN panel, the features are impressive and it also sports a NTSC, ATSC & QAM Tuner, plus 2 DVI inputs. Not to mention the 1920x1200 native resolution.

    I'd use it for both computing on a second PC and have my comast cable plugged into it for TV - we get about ~10 different HD QAM signals.

    http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=407747

    Thing is HUGE compared to a 22"! Pic looks quite nice, it's @ $349. Sams Club has a 6-month return and it's in stock.

    Anyone seen or used one?
     
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    The 240 (24" version) also has a TN panel, but all the reviews I've read have said it's an excellent monitor.

    I'd jump on it to be honest mate.
     
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    I've got one, dark2099 has one. They're AWESOME. I paid $450 for mine and think it was worth every penny. You can spend MUCH less now.

    If you want pics, just ask :)
     
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    I've already drooled over it at Sam's club :) , they have like 5-6 in stock. With the 6-month return period, what do I have to lose!

    I also noticed an SPDIF out... I wonder what sort of formats it supports for sound?
     
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    Not sure. I'm pretty darn happy with the sound from the TV itself for watching television. Movies and such go through my computer and my Z-5500's first anyway.
     
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    Yea, I was surprised that the reviews didn't bash the sound quality! Most small sets with embedded speakers suck at sound, first hand experience.

    Honestly, I didn't even realise it *had* speakers but for the reviews.

    So... I have one in the back of my car, just need the time to get it set up and try it!!! :rolleyes:

    Thanks!
     
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    So... I've use this for a few weeks and am returning it. Thankfully, Sam's has a 90-day money back. Reasons:

    The bad:
    • The sound is really bad. Like a cheap plastic radio, though in stereo :) A friend bought a 19" RCA LCD TV and I thought that was bad... this is about as bad.
    • From PC: DVI pixel precision is CRAP! I felt like I needed glasses, the fonts are fuzzy and washed. Using "Clear type" made it worse. I tried this with a cheap DVI cable and X850XT, and a very good quality DVI cable with a 4870 card. Close to the same results. Both at 1920x1200 res.
    • Only good viewing angle is close to straight-on.

    The good:
    • The QAM tuner rocks
    • The remote and input sensing are WAY cool. It knows what inputs are connected, and only jumps to those.
    • Decent color rendition.
    • Great aspect ratio options

    As I originally wanted this as a monitor, the DVI "fuzziness" is the deal breaker - it's going back to the store.
     
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    Really? You must have gotten a really shit panel or something. There's no fuzziness on mine! Sorry to hear that bro!

    And as far as the speakers, IMO they work fine for TV, but of course you're not gonna get great sounding music from built-in speakers.

    Was the panel scaling properly?
     
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    I wish there was an easy way to try a few different units, perhaps I got a dud?

    Yea, no problem scaling, I can tell the 1920x1200 res is 1:1 on both computers. It seems like there's a pixel shadow, or "bleed" from one to the next with text and some images. Enabling Clear type is like seeing a yellow/green shadow to the right of each letter. :(

    Edit: in contrast, I'm looking at a 2405FPW right now which has always been beautiful - am I expecting too much???
     
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    There is a chance you got a bad one. I haven't had any issues with mine at all.
    Shame you had a bad experience with one mate :(
     
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    Yeah either we're both blind, or you got one that eluded the quality control dude :(
     
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    interestingly, the information says "1080P" input, not 1200.


    so its a 1200P screen with 1080P tuner and inputs?
     
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    Yea, Hanspree makes a similar 28" unit, with 1920x1200 resolution.

    You have the option of showing the 1080 picture as true, with black bars above and below, or to fill the full 1920x1200 of the screen.

    It really is a great TV, one of the best remote and menu interfaces I've seen to date. There are all sorts of "niceties" such as separate adjustment memory not only for each input, but also each signal type (at least on the tuner side)!

    Sucks that I'm either too picky or the unit is sub-par.
     
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    So... I found another one yesterday at a different Sam's Club on my way home from work. It's noticably better. One thing I found that the "sharpness" adjustment has a BIG effect on the quality and readability of fonts. Too low and it looks out of focus, too high and you get color bleeding to the edges of the fonts.

    So I'm returning the first and keeping the latest one!

    Thanks Y'all! :toast:
     
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    Yay! Do you think it was because the settings were all whacked out, or still a bad unit?
     
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    Yay is right! :toast: Side by side, the new one is visibly better than the other one, no matter how much I mess with the sharpness setting. Got the first one boxed up in the back of my car, and receipt in wallet for the return today ;)
     
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    Good deal man. Bad to hear they let a shitty one slip through quality control, but at least you get to enjoy the real deal now!
     

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