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Samsung SyncMaster 172X LCD Monitor Review

Former staff writer    -   May 4, 2004


Installation


Again this monitor comes with the wall-mounting unit. Simply attach the monitor bracket to the monitor with the included screws, and the other side to the wall with the included hardware. Clip it on, and voila.

As for plugging in the computer, plug the power cable to the DC converter, and the converter to the monitor. Choose DVI or VGA, and connect your computer and the monitor. The monitor automatically detects what connection you're using. With the DVI input, an automatic adjustment is made to fit your screen to the edges, and with RGB, simply press the Auto button.


Software: MagicTune
Again with the 172X we get the Samsung driver CD, and it comes with a copy of MagicTune software, the same as the 173P. MagicTune is the main colour tuning software used by the 172X. Since we took a look at it with the 173P, let’s take a look at that again. The MagicTune software can be used independently, or can sit idly by in your desktop tray (default) waiting to be used. For something you don't particularly think about, the colour adjustments on your monitor can mean a lot in the long run of gameplay and deskwork. My particular job involves a lot of time in front of a computer screen, and it makes this software even more useful. When you open the program, you're presented with the Display Screen. >From here you can either manually go through the three stages, or click on 'Wizard' to go through them automatically. On each screen, you're presented with a brightness/contrast calibration tool, each with just one slider to adjust. Simply follow the instructions, and you're set.

 


The next step is the 'Colour' tab, which takes you through 6 colour adjustments. Personally, I didn't have to change any of these settings, I didn't need to (this holds true for the 172X too!). Simply adjust the box in the middle to the proper colour/brightness and repeat for all 6. The 'Show Me' button brings up instructions on how to manipulate the settings, and 'Quick View' shows all 6 boxes for quick reference.

 


After manipulating any setting, you are prompted to save it as the Default Preset (starts with the computer). The monitor allows for multiple User settings though, saved as a profile (one of which is the Default). This means if your computer is shared, you can easily switch between User settings, instead of having to goof around through the process again.






  1. Introduction & Specifications
  2. Closer Look
  3. Installation
  4. Installation (Continued)
  5. Testing & Conclusion
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