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Samsung SyncMaster 173P LCD Review

Former staff writer    -   March 12, 2004
Category: Monitors
Price: $649 USD


Introduction


Welcome to another all-new OverclockersClub review. Today we'll be looking at a brand new LCD monitor from Samsung. Everyone has heard of LCD monitors, many own them and the rest of us envy their desk space, but what makes an LCD monitor so desirable? Are they an improvement over CRT? Well, Samsung's monitors are among the best in the world, so the standards are being set high today as we dive into the world of LCD monitors. Will we survive? Who knows, let's jump into it.

First, a little bit about Samsung and the 173P:
"Samsung, the world’s leading manufacturer of CRT and TFT monitors, today unleashes one of the most versatile and technologically-advanced LCD displays on the market, the SyncMaster 173P. Targeted to PC and online gamers, corporate and business markets and perfect for the home, the 17” 173P incorporates Samsung’s brand new and proprietary MagicTune™ software for a truly hands-free experience. It also features Samsung’s MagicBright technology, dual inputs (digital and analog) and Pivot technology."

Kinda like a sneak preview isn't it? Let's move on to the review, and we'll kick it off by taking a look at the components.

Specifications


Specifications

Model

173P

 

Part Number

173P - Silver

Panel

Type

a-si TFT /PVA

 

Size

17"

 

Pixel Pitch (mm)

0.264

 

Brightness

270cd/m2

 

Contrast Ratio

700:1

 

Viewing Angle

178o / 178o

 

Aspect Ratio

5:4

 

Response Time (ms)

25

 

Interface

Analog / Digital

Frequency

Horizontal Rate - (Analog)

30-81

 

Horizontal Rate - (Digital)

30-63

 

Vertical Rate

56-76

 

Bandwidth

140

Resolution

Maximum

1280 x 1024

Color

Maximum

16.7M

Signal Input

Input Video Signal

Analog RGB, DVI Digital link

 

Video Level: Analog

Analog:0.7VP-P

 

Video Level: Digital

TMDSTM

 

Sync Type

Separate H/V, Composite H/V, SOG

 

Input Connectors

15pin D-sub, DVI-D

Plug & Play

DDC

DDC 2B

Power

On / Working

40 Watts (Max)

Wall Mount

VESA®

VESA 75mm

 

Emission Standard

TCO '03

Cabinet Color

Bezel Color

Silver

Dimensions

Physical (WxHxD)

15.0" x 15.6" x 9.3"

 

Packaging (WxHxD)

18.7" x 16.1" x 6.9"

Weight

Net (physical)

13.2 lbs.

 

Gross (packaging)

17.6 lbs.

Special Features

Special Features

Ultra narrow bezel and slim design; Dual hinge stand; Pivot technology; Button less design; MagicTuneTM; MagicBrightTM; Color gamut 70.8%

Pivot

Pivot Technology

Yes

Warranty

Parts / Labor / Backlight

3 / 3 / 3

Compatible Computer Systems

 

PC / Windows

Street Price

$649



Don't know what many of those means? We'll provide definitions as they come along.



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