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Samsung SyncMaster 172W LCD Monitor Review Author:Jakester Date Posted: July 13th, 2003
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...
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
Pixel Pitch (mm):
Viewing Angle (H/V):
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Horizontal Frequency (Hz):
Vertical Frequency (Hz):
Analog RGB and DVI Digital Link
Cabinet Color (front /
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
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
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.