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Samsung SyncMaster 173P LCD Review

Former staff writer    -   March 12, 2004


Installation


To begin, let's take a look at the additional hardware that's included with the monitor for wall-mounting this unit. To being, the bracket simply slips on the monitor, to hold it in place (to keep it from extending).



Second, the wall bracket is put into place, and screwed in. Make sure the tangs are facing down (towards the connector side). Snap it on to the wall bracket, and you're set. (This wall-unit was not physically tested)



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, and adjusts the screen to the edges automatically. This means for all resolutions you'll be using the full screen, unlike CRT monitors which sometimes mess up as you switch from one resolution to another.


Software - MagicTune
The Installation Disc includes the SyncMaster 173P drivers, and 3 pieces of software. You've heard me mention 2 - MagicTune and PivotPro - the third is Natural Colour, and it is the result of the CD not being updated. The Natural Colour software was used for previous versions of monitors, and is now phased out (and completely overshadowed) by MagicTune. So, uninstall it if you've gone and installed it.

MagicTune is the main colour tuning software used by the 173P. Let's start by saying this: Its Fantastic. Now to why its fantastic.

The MagicTune software can be used independantly, 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. 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.




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