Saturday, 23 June 2012

PC Monitor "review": My Samsung SyncMaster 793s

In a world of Plasmas, LCDs, “extreme slims” and even what a friend informed me is a “TV-cum-computer” in the market now, my bulky, trusty, old, battle-wearied Samsung SyncMaster 793s remains my best, unfailing and irascibly reliable friend.

No I’m not a techie but I have used other snazzy monitors but my SyncMaster -Black 17" is the one and the only workhorse I return to every hour after sashaying with the latest beauties. The latest monitors are well, quite high on the ‘fi’ department but what is more valuable than what you already have and value? I’m a sentimental fool – but a practical one!
Let me tell you about her. Comparing with the recent models, my Samsung SyncMaster 793s is a 17-inch CRT monitor must seem like an old coot time forgot to take along. But trust me, she doesn’t even care – she is more worried that her service might fail me! 

If there is anything out there to compare with her, maybe they’d be much better, or even the best, I say. But there is a big difference in comparison to my Samsung. Loyalty. A colleague of mine who recently upgraded his system to the LG Flatron is already having problems with the resolution. And oh joy, my beautiful, trusty SyncMaster is still running as efficiently as has been since the past more than 6 years. There.

The Samsung SyncMaster 793s
My Samsung comes with a 0.23mm horizontal dot pitch and a 30-70 kHz horizontal frequency, 50-160 Hz vertical frequency and 1280 x 1024 resolutions (maximum resolution).  I bought it in 2006 and oh boy I don’t remember having to complain about this tough old veteran since I first got it in 2005. Oh, this is year 2012 already, I forgot.

Let me introduce more of my trusty old SyncMaster to you. If you are someone with my eyes the flicker-free display is all I need for my poor eyesight (I’m virtually blind in the left eye). The Samsung’s non-glare surface treatment is any eye’s friend. I’m glad for that feature because I’m constantly on websites that offer more of the glare and blare – pictures, Facebook and the likes.
The beauty of my SyncMaster

My girl is so beautiful (mind you I’m no PC engineer and I am explaining in only the ways I perceive her qualities to be, obviously): But the best thing I like about her is this: The warranty said 3 years. Opps, my old gallant friend proved the Samsung factory pushers wrong – it’s been working unfailingly, wonderfully and efficiently for 7 years running now – fast, silent and no nagging.  

 The only time my monitor got into trouble was when some technicians from our internet service company tripped a cup of tea on it. Since then there were a number of screen issues (I believe the tea was too strong for my old friend). Aside from then I don’t remember having any problem with the worthy service my old friend continues to provide me to this day.

Did I mention that almost all my colleagues have upgraded to that leggy, curvy (or make that slim squarey) models such as the LG Flatron. No, nix, never for me – my Samsung Syncmaster is the best! 

Here are some of the qualities in my Samsung why she is such an ideal office/home work friend:
  • Display Size: 17" (16" Viewable)
  • Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (Maximum)
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.23 mm
  • Connectivity: 15-pin D-Sub (Analog)
  • Cabinet Color(s): Black
  • Environments: PC and Mac Compatible
Samsung SyncMaster 793S-Black 17" CRT Monitor Warranty Information
  • Warranty Length: Three Years
  • Covers: Parts, Labor and Backlight
  • Provider: Samsung
  • Contact: By Phone: Samsung Technical Support (800) 726-7864
Manufacturer Part #
shadow mask CRT  
Anti-static, multi-layer coating 
Pixel Pitch
0.23 mm 
1280 x 1024 @ 65 Hz 
Cabinet Color
Signal Input
Input Video
Analog RGB 
Horizontal: 30-70 kHz
Vertical: 50-160 Hz 
Sync Type
Separate H/V 
110 MHz 
Input Connectors
1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) 
Included Signal
VGA cable 
AC 110/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ) 
80 Watts 
32 °F - 104 °F 
10 - 80% 
(H x W x D)
16.1" x 15.8" x 14.9" 
As Shipped
3 year warranty includes parts and labor.

My wonderful friend is growing old…

Sadly, even good friends are susceptible to the ravages of time. After years of unquestioning, determined and unflinching service and support, my dear old friend’s strength is starting to fall. For instance, sometimes the screen what one of my buddies calls it “pixilated” or things like some colors not showing up. The years are slowly catching up on her. New, higher-capacity, higher-fi, more advanced systems are appearing and sooner or later, I shall have to say goodbye to her.

Yet, even if I retire her, one thing I will always know in my heart: My Samsung SyncMaster 793s will always be my best, most efficient, loyal girl ever.
Did I just hear ‘man, that’s one old coot!’? Well, let me tell you this: My old coot can kick your old coot’s disk big time, anytime!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Apple MacBook Pro 2012: Retina Display, Big-specs, affordable and top-notch product

I love Apple’s new MacBook Pro, 2012, for some of the specs it offers particularly the totally awesome PPI – the Retina Display is probably the biggest we have come across so far – not mentioning what the previous MacBook Pros offered.  The PPI specs: The new MacBook Pro display measures 15.4 inches across and well – hold your breath – a 2,880x1, 800-pixel resolution with 220 pixels per inch. That’s awesomeness of 5,184,000 pixels!

Apple has launched its all new 15.4 inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display at a starting price of US $ 2,755 (UK price: GBP 1,753 and India Price: Rs.1, 52, 900).

If you go through the features the new MacBook offers I think the price is okay although for India and US, it asks a bit hefty more considering the 14-inch MacBook.

The new Pro uses IPS technology. The DVD drive is no more there – which explains the slim 0.7 inches and barely 2 kg weight.  

Here are some of the specs: 

The 15-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz or 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of 1600MHz RAM configurable up to 16GB, 256GB of hi-speed storage configurable up to 768 GB. On the graphics front

Intel HD 4000 and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

USB 3.0 on each side

Full HDMI port

2 Thunderbolt ports

7 hours of battery life and 30-day standby time

Series available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM
Retina Macbook Pro with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. 

About the blogger: Al Ngullie is a Senior Journalist, Columnist, Writer and Documenteur based in India