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%%  Monitor Review: Daewoo 15 inch SVGA             By: Calum Tsang      %%
%%  Another alternative for Amigans                 tsangC@io.org        %%
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[Hey kids, I finally upgraded my aging 2000HD to a nice fast 3000/25.  In
purchasing this new machine, I also had to find a monitor.  From the
incredible choice in Toronto, I personally feel the CMC-1501 is the best
value for your Amiga spending dollar.  But don't take my word for it, check
it out for yourself.  I assume no responsibility for people buying a
monitor they themselves don't like.]

Introduction:
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        Looking for a monitor is downright annoying.  Commodore has a few,
of decent quality, but there is such variety in the PC SVGA market.  Why
not buy a monitor made for a PC?  Visiting the electronic superstores and
the like, there are a multitude of choices.  There's quite a range: Cheap
ones from strange manufacturers whose names you can't pronounce, and nice
ones from big names like NEC and Sony.  Feature for feature, price for
price, the Daewoo 15" is difficult to beat.

        I intended to use the monitor for a flickerfixed 3000.  Note the
warning about EGS type graphic boards at the end of this article.  In the
last month or so, DayTek Canada, the Canadian branch of Daewoo, has
introduced the Daytek 1501, which also has the added benefit of the EPA's
EnergyStar compliancy.

        This monitor is perfect for owners of A3000's, A2320 deinterlacers,
and EGS boards.

Specifications:
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        Daewoo 15" (260x190mm) FlatScreen Monitor
        MPR II Emission Compliant
        AntiGlare Etched

        Analog RGB Type (SVGA)
        50-90Hz vertical scan rate
        31-60KHz horizontal scan rate
        1024x768NI maximum resolution

Price:
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$490-500 Canadian

Platforms Used for Testing:
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Commodore Amiga 3000/25
68030-25 / ECS Denise, Agnus and Amber
4 MB of RAM / 52 MB HD
Kickstart 2.04 / 2.1
Onboard deinterlacer (A2320 Type)

A2300 NTSC Genlock
A2088 XT Bridgeboard
Supra SupraRAM 2000/2

It Weighs A Ton and Looks Ugly:
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        The first thing I noticed about all the Daewoo SVGA monitors is
that they all look ugly.  If you've seen the new IBM monitors with the wide
bezel or the new NEC Multisync 3GFx's, it's very much like that.  The
colour is that olivy-white complexion, like Brent Spiner's face in Star
Trek.  The monitor also is quite large and heavy-it is noticeably more
volumous than my original 1084S or 14" SVGA monitor.  This is most likely
due to the added 15" dimension.  It looks decent ontop of my 3000, but
seems more styled to fit a PC.  A store demo unit ontop of a IBM
ValuePoint, confirmed this.

        It's tolerable though, and the monitor itself is near perfect.  I
wish clone and other less well known companies would spend the money to
design nice cases for their products-it would make them much more
attractive to potential buyers.

The Manual:
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        The manual, a torrid 18 page affair, is filled with wonderful
English like this:

        "2) The Way of Adjustment
         When you want to adjust the screen, please Refer to No.1-No.12
         of ninth and tenth page."

        You'd figure a nice monitor made in Korea by a multinational
corporation should at least be able to pay a nice guy to write a proper
manual that one can read through without laughing.  The content of the
manual, grammar aside, is quite good.  It guides you through attaching,
configuring and installing the monitor.  Plenty of useful specifications
are availible for tinkerers.  Cute little cartoons in the front to amuse
you about safety precautions.

Installation:
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        A detachable three prong machine type power cord was supplied as
was a fixed 15 pin DB-15HD VGA connector.  The VGA connector plugged into
the A3000's Deinterlacer out port, and was screwed in place.  The monitor
was placed on top of the 3000's case.  The weight did not pose a major
problem, but one should remember to keep the case tightly screwed on to
maintain rigidity.

        On boot up, via the ScreenMode pref panel, the A3000 was set to
NTSC:HiResInterLaced (640x400) and the Overscan was adjusted to fit as
large as possible.  Shifting and enlarging of the image was handled through
the CMC-1501BA's front panel digital controls.  Other controls include
Brightness, Contrast, and Pincushion.  The Factory Reset button is right
next to the control Select button, which made it easily pressed during mode
setting.  Quite annoying, since I pressed it at least three times by
accident during setup.

        Some strange lines, were noticed during configuration.  They
flew across the screen and wrapped around.  Changing the Overscan prefs
removed them.  However, they appeared later on in other screen modes.
Removal of the A2300 Genlock remedied this problem.  Genlocks tend to
affect the synchronization of any Amiga system.

        In general, installation and configuration of the monitor was
simple and quite easy.

Safety and Health:
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        The Daewoo 15" complies with Swedish government MPR-II regulations.
It's low radiation, which supposedly means you won't die of some strange
cancer or stop having children.  Seriously, because of the larger screen
size, I find myself less inclined to look closer at the monitor, which
means less radiation hits me when I'm near the screen in the first place.
The display is rather pleasing and doesn't hurt my eyes.  At least not yet.

Performance and Image Quality:
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        The picture quality is excellent.  Images are very bright and
contrast well on this monitor.  The maximum resolution I can pull without
touching the top line of overscan screen is 720x480 Interlaced (via the
OverScan Prefs).  The display doesn't seem as detailed as the Sony Trinitron
tubes I've seen attached to Macintoshes, but that's mainly because the Mac
doesn't use a four colour desktop.

        Running PC Emulation via AmigaJanus showed no problems, and neither
did any other software.  Certain dot patterns, like the ones used by
Workbench's WBPattern, which have repetition of dots in a checkboard
pattern, cause moire lines.  This is common to all monitors, and lines
aside, did not affect the flicker free output.  Moire patterns did not show
up in dithering screens either.  Only in the repetitious ones.  Text is
visible and crisp at all resolutions.

        Publishing and graphic applications worked extremely well with the
Daewoo and fonts and drawings were clean and clear.  The added physical
screen size makes looking at your pages easier.  Digitized graphics from
paint programs were clean.  Good colour reproduction and uniform
brightness.  One unique aspect was the warmth of certain colours, much like
the familiar Commodore 1084S line.  The red and oranges come out vibrant,
instead of the pale look of other VGA type monitors.

        The best advice I can give you, though, is to visit a dealer and examine
the monitor yourself. Bring your Amiga there too, and show typical images that
you will be working on, or run applications you frequently use during the course
of a day.  Don't let them show some dumb pictures of smiling women, monkeys and
bowls of fruit-make sure they will let you see real world displays, which
is what you're paying for.  Also remember to bring a test pattern of fine
lines and a grid to test for pincushioning and proper alignment.

Modes, Modes, Modes:
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        NTSC and PAL running through the Deinterlacer ran perfectly, since
the Daewoo can sync to 50 Hz and 60 Hz vertical for these two modes.  With
the deinterlacer disabled, the 15.75 KHz signal scattered the display-the
monitor will not sync down to 15.75 KHz horizontal for normal NTSC
displays.  This means it is not ideal for A500, 600, 1200, 2000 and 4000 users
without A2320 boards or EGS boards.  Any 15 KHz mode was converted via the
deinterlacer on, and any 31 KHz mode was passed through.   Pure 15 KHz
screen modes from standard Amigas without deinterlacers will not work with
the Daewoo.

        31 KHz modes like MultiScan:Productivity, Euro:36 and
DoubleNTSC/PAL worked perfectly, and the Daewoo quickly resynced to each
one as modes were switched.  The digital controls made it easy to readjust
the display for each mode.

        The only mode that would not run was Super72, the 800x600 mode,
which requires a monitor to sync at 24 KHz.  The deinterlacer could
not/will not convert a 24 Khz signal into 31 KHz, only 15 KHz ones.  It
just passed it through, and the Daewoo will not scan so low.  The lack of
Super72 was not a big loss, since the Overscan NTSC:HiResLaced comes very
close to matching the same resolution.

Stuff I Like About This Monitor:
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Big 15" Screen          -I can see my work from across the room.  No squinting.

Image Quality           -A good solid display. Uniform colour reproduction.

Digital Controls        -Big plus.  Very friendly.  Very convenient.
and Memory

Emission Control        -I feel safer in front of this thing.  It may not be worth
                         anything, but at least I can be comforted with the label
                         on the front, proclaiming it's low radiation.

Pincushioning Control   -Very professional feature.  A good idea too, even on a
                         flat screen.

Flat Screen             -Very little glare on the face of the monitor.

Tilt and Swivel Base    -Easy to move and reposition monitor.

Stuff I Don't Like About This Monitor:
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SVGA Sync Only          -The monitor doesn't sync down to 15 KHz, the optimum
                         for any Amiga.  However, A3000 users won't care, and
                         neither will graphic board owners.  This is not
                         Daewoo's fault-the market doesn't need a 15 Khz scan
                         monitor.

Ugly Design             -Compared to Sony's or Apple's designs, the Daewoo
                         is ugly.  But who cares, it's the display that
                         counts.

Warranty                -Only a year, and limited.  This is the norm for
                         all monitors, except the NEC MultiSync at 3 years.

Slow Warm-Up            -The Daewoo takes a while to come to full brightness.
                         It's colours are all screwed up (far too yellow and
                         lacking in contrast) until it warms up.  This takes
                         about five seconds or so.
A Warning:
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        The CMC-1501BA has trouble with my dealer's EGS type
graphic boards.  It's specifications seem to be perfect for one, but this
monitor has been found incompatible with GVP's EGS Spectrum and other
cards.  The 17" Daewoo, seems to work perfectly with the EGS Spectrum and
has a rock solid, high quality display.  Also, ICD's AdFFV board seems to
have trouble as well.  Make sure you test your system out before buying.
Bring your Amiga to the store and test it with the monitor.

        Actually after we found this monitor to be defective (read below),
it might have been that one particular unit.  Nonetheless, test before you
buy.

Oh no!  I'm a chair! Have a nice umbrella!
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        A week and a half after my Daewoo was connected to the Amiga 3000,
it fried.  Yes, big frying.  Like zzzt! sounds.  It was returned to the
shop which I purchased it at and sent to DayTek Canada, where it staed for
over a month.  While at the Comdex Canada 94 trade show, I spoke with a
manager of DayTek casually.  He said that the usual turnaround time is
about a week.  DayTek sent me a brand new unit and the new unit is working
perfectly.

Conclusion:
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        The Daewoo CMC-1501BA is a superb monitor for A3000 users, as well
as anyone else who needs a high resolution graphic display.  It has great
specs for sync and resolution, and it's performance is near perfect.  The
digital controls are fun and useful, with the small annoyance of the Reset
button being next to the Select button.  Overall, it's a fine monitor.

By the way, Daewoo is pronounced Day-woo.