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    Samsung SyncMaster 172W LCD Monitor Review
    Author: Jakester
    Date Posted: July 13th, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: LCD Monitors continue to improve picture quality, brightness and viewing angles, we got hold of the latest Samsung SyncMaster 172W LCD Monitor and put it to the test. Find out how we rated it and what makes it different from the rest in our official review...

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    Specs and Features:

    The SyncMaster172W is one of the brightest monitors I've ever seen. You would think that because of its higher-then-normal intensity that it would die much faster, but Samsung backs their monitor by a solid 3-year Parts/Labor/Backlight warranty. They are so confident that they include a mail-in form that you fill out and send in for an extended 3 months of warranty.

    Specifications:

    Panel

    Viewable area:

     17"

    Pixel Pitch (mm):

     0.264

    Brightness:

     450 cd/

    Contrast Ratio:

     400:1

    Viewing Angle (H/V):

     150˚/120˚

    Response Time (ms):

     25

    Frequency

    Horizontal Frequency (Hz):

     30-81

    Vertical Frequency (Hz):

     56-75

    Maximum Resolution:

     1280*768

    Signal Input

    Analog RGB and DVI Digital Link

    Weight

    Net (Physical):

     10.6 lbs

    Gross (packaging):

     15.0 lbs

    Cabinet Color (front / back):

     Silver/Black

    Features:

    Magic Bright™ - MagicBright™ is a new feature that provides you with the optimal viewing environment depending on the contents of the image you are watching. There are three different modes of brightness available. They are text, internet, and entertain.  Each mode has its own pre-configured brightness value. You can also select "User Adjusted" mode for a personalized brightness.

    HDTV capabilities -With the addition of an HDTV card, this monitor can receive HDTV broadcasting.

    Dual Hinge System - The two-hinge system allows the monitor to be folded freely or to be wall mounted. See demo below...


    Click arrows to see the Dual Hinge System in action.


    Wall or Ceiling Mounting Abilities
    - Since it comes with a mounting bracket the SyncMaster is able to mount easily on the wall at a total depth of only 2” flush to the wall or on an adjustable arm. If you really wanted you could even mount it on the ceiling.

    Built-in Base Speakers -The base comes equipped with 21W speakers, volume control and input for audio headphones. The performance of the base speakers isn't anything special, but they do work decently for being built-in monitor speakers.

    Overall, the features are nice additions to the SyncMaster and only compliment it's beautiful LCD screen that much more. In the next section of this review we will take a more in-depth look at the SyncMaster.

     

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    1. Introduction
    2. In The Box
    3. Features
    4. Overview
    5. Performance
    6. Conclusions

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