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Samsung Syncmaster 172X LCD Monitor Review

Samsung Syncmaster 172X LCD Monitor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Samsung Syncmaster 172X is a 17" LCD (a-si TFT/TN) that maintains a 1280x1024 resolution with 0.294mm pixel pitch.
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Samsung Syncmaster 172X LCD Monitor Review


They say thin is beautiful, and if that is indeed the case the newly announced Samsung 172X is absolutely gorgeous. The 172X's thin silver screen measures a scant 10.8mm thick, giving it a profile that is actually starting to close in on the realm of the notebook screen. Part of the beauty of the Samsung 172X is that it also comes packaged with all that you need to mount it on a wall; including a bracket, screws, etc.

Retailing for a little under $580USD, the Samsung Syncmaster 172X is a 17" LCD (a-si TFT/TN) that maintains a 1280x1024 resolution with 0.294mm pixel pitch. A quick pixel response of just 12ms (note; the manufacturers timings represent the total time, not just rise) ensures that 'persistance' is kept to a absolute minimum. Wide viewing angles of 160 degrees horizontal and 140 degrees vertical keep the picture looking as it should from all angles.

To improve visual display quality for different tasks quickly, a special button allows you to cycle through the "MagicBright" menu. This essentially sets the brightness level for optimal text, internet, or multimedia applications. As you probably already know, the brightness and contrast ratings are among the most important specs that describe the visual quality of an LCD monitor. Samsung's 172X ranks in very well with a 500:1 contrast level, but comes in a little conservative with a luminosity of 270cd/m2.

Samsung 172X LCD Monitor
Includes:

Analog video cable, AC/DC adaptor and plug, 75mm VESA mounting bracket wall screws and plugs, CDROM with instructions.

Screen Size: 17" Diagonal
Resolution: 1280x1024 pixel
Pixel Pitch: 0.294mm
Luminosity: 270cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Viewable Angle: 80/80/70/70
Pixel Response: 12ms
Power Draw: 40W
Colour: Metallic Silver
Inputs: Analog / DVI

On top of all that we've mentioned, the 172X uses a dual-hinged stand which completely covers all of the cables to the screen, so there is no wiring mess. The screen collapses back to a thickness of about 26mm (1") which makes it ideal for wall or arm mounting with the included VESA 75mm bracket. Additionally, the entire monitor weights just 3.7Kg.

The power conscious will be happy to know that the Samsung 172X consumes just 40W of power, thanks in part to the external AC adaptor and Digital Power Management System (DPMS).

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Contents of Article: Samsung Syncmaster 172X
 Pg 1.  — Samsung Syncmaster 172X LCD Monitor Review
 Pg 2.  On Closer Inspection
 Pg 3.  Ports and Standards
 Pg 4.  OSD and Display Evaluation Notes
 Pg 5.  Test Observations
 Pg 6.  Final Conclusions

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