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    Samsung Syncmaster 172MP LCD Monitor Review
    Author: Jakester
    Date Posted: September 29th, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: Samsung gave us another monitor to review, sort of... The Samsung 172MP is a 17" LCD multifunctional display unit with the capability to perform as a monitor, TV (using its optional TV tuner) , or both with its Picture-in-Picture feature. This monitor looked very promising. Did it stand up to our expectations? Find out in our official review....

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    One of the coolest things about the 172MP, besides the fact that it can connect to a plethora of video sources, is its menu panel. The buttons on the panel are all metallic "Soft Touch" inputs. Soft Touch is Samsung's capacitance recognition technology that allows for the softest touch of the buttons to register your desired selection. How it works is when you touch the button with your finger, you change the capacitance of the button, which triggers the selection. I tried touching the buttons with a piece of paper over my finger and sure enough it did not register my selection. The display menu is also very well laid out and allows for easy configuration of the 172MP.

    I'm willing to bet you've never seen this many inputs on the back of an LCD monitor before. On the left side you see the Audio Visual (AV) inputs which are the standard Left and Right Audio, Video, and S-Video inputs. On the upper panel you see inputs for: DC Power, PC Video (Analog) and Audio inputs, Component Y, Pb, Pr, and Left Right Audio inputs for HDTV. Samsung did an excellent job of packing a lot of technology into a very small area. All of the inputs, as you can see, are imbedding into the back of the monitor case keeping the monitor at a slim 2.5" inches.

    Included on the side of the 172MP is a headphone jack which could be handy for anyone that likes to use a set of headphones rather than the built-in monitor speakers.

    The stand of the 172MP is 8 inches deep; however, the monitor screen is placed in the middle of those 8 inches. Because of this, there is around 2 inches of the stand protruding in the front and about 4-5inches in the back. Basically, the entire monitor unit takes up an extremely small amount of desktop space. Being a college student and living with a minimal amount of desktop space, this monitor is very convenient.

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    1. Introduction
    2. Features
    3. Installation
    4. Overview
    5. Performance
    6. Performance Continued
    7. Conclusions

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