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Samsung Syncmaster 171MP LCD - HDTV Review

Samsung Syncmaster 171MP LCD - HDTV Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: While this isn't quite a re-run of the the six million dollar man, the very new, and very cool Samsung 171MP is something that has caught our attention.
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Filed under: Monitors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Jan 23 2002   Max Page  
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Main Control Panel

The front bezel of the display is very minimalist in design and sparsely populated with small buttons. The monitor controls are worked by small touch sensitive buttons aligned in a row, seven across. This type of switch takes a second or so to get used to, but is otherwise easy to use and as it is solid state poses little possibility of breakage.

The only limitations arise if you wear gloves or use a prosthetic device. The power button functions like a normal button, but other switches wouldn't respond. The remote control could be used in those situations without any problems as it uses basic buttons for its interface.

The four small buttons on the left are; PC, PIP, Video, Audio. The three buttons on the right are; Menu, Exit and Auto. The central button is for power (back lit green or orange depending on status) and the four little arrow buttons around it are for navigating the on screen menus.

It is all pretty standard stuff these days, the 'auto adjust button is a one touch solution to reset the LCD display properly, and the first three buttons allow quick indexing between the different inputs the 171MP supports.

The integrated speakers are about 2" in diameter and support stereo and "3D virtual" sound. The sound quality is a bit tiny, but very loud in volume and suitable for both Television and video playback.

A head phone jack is mounted on the left hand side for personal use and we think this is a really great feature. The headphone jack picks all the audio channels leaving you free to switch between television, MP3's, or a movie. The sound quality is quite good, and we didn't notice any interference or static which can sometimes be the case if the audio jack is near a displays power supply.

The 171 Display Up Close:

The modular design of the back of the 171MP is so that an optional TV tuner can be installed (pictured above). If the user has no need for a TV tuner than they can save the $90 or so it costs. When the display is hung on a wall, the stand can either be folded down or removed completely.

The stand bolts on to the back of the actual display panel and can be removed if a wall mount is on hand as we mentioned. Note that since the power pack is at the end of a long DC cable, the display can remain fairly light and slim. The 171MP will tilt about 5 degrees forward and 15 degrees back to accommodate different sitting positions.

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Contents of Article: Samsung 171MP
 Pg 1.  Samsung Syncmaster 171MP LCD - HDTV Review
 Pg 2.  — Main Control Panel
 Pg 3.  Signal Inputs: Support for Everything
 Pg 4.  Samsung OSD Menu's
 Pg 5.  Watch DTV on a TFT
 Pg 6.  TFT Display Evaluation

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