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    Samsung Syncmaster 172MP LCD Monitor Review
    Author: Jakester
    Date Posted: March 13th, 2004
    SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: Samsung is back with their sexy new 173P LCD display. although it has a great picture quality and the ability to the display documents or pictures vertically. It may be a bit expensive for the average home user especially if they don't need the digital input, having said that it performed well, read more in our official review....

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    Conclusion:

    The 173P is another great addition to Samsung's LCD monitor line and is one of the best looking models yet. Its software based calibration is a very nice change that allows for quick adjustments (although the auto adjusting technology had the picture lined up perfectly all of the time anyways). I have one complaint however and that is I would like to see Samsung still provide a button to change the MagicBright setting on the front of the monitor. The reason why I loved this feature so much in the past is because I was able to very quickly dim down the brightness when using it during nighttime. Since the setting is now software based, I had to be blinded by the brightness as stared at the screen and navigated to the setting. Other than that, I think software based control is a good idea and helps give the monitor a clean look.

    Pros:

    • Good Picture quality
    • Software based calibration works well
    • Soft-touch power button
    • No dead pixels
    • Easily adjustable Dual Hinge Mount
    • Looks great
    • Slim design
    • Wall mountable

    Cons:

    • Slight ghosting during gaming

    At $630 average price from online retailers, it is tough to recommend the 173P to the average home user especially if they don't need the digital input. There are cheaper analog 17" LCD monitors like the 172N that would do just fine. Businesses however should take a look at this monitor. It has a great picture quality and the ability to the display documents or pictures vertically with the Pivot Pro software. Overall, the 173P is a solid monitor and deserves a 9.0 out of 10. A big thanks to Samsung for providing the unit.

    SLRating: 9.0 / 10



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