Samsung F.A. Porsche Design 171P LCD Display Review
It is not everyday that we get to review a product which has come from a highly respected industrial designer. The 171P Syncmaster display from Samsung is a 17"
LCD monitor designed by brilliant minds at F.A. Porsche. This is the same "Porsche" which is responsible for the 911 and other iconic cars.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche founded Porsche Design
in 1972, and from a small studio near an
Alpine lake in the Austrian mountains he has applied detail and precision to a
broad range of electronic and consumer products.
"Each design remains faithful to the
principle that "function determines form" and that good design "is not style
imposed from without, but the expression of the innate life of the object, the
striving to portray its functional essence". And, while all F. A. Porsche
designs are based on the simple tenet that "form follows function", each
creation invariably transcends it."
We are rather lucky to have the opportunity to be one of the
first people to review this LCD monitor, and considering the response it has
been generating from the folks here in the PCstats labs, Samsung have a sure-fire winner here.
There have been many LCD's up on the review block,
but since the F.A. Porsche designed Syncmaster 171P has been in the lab it has
been getting almost a continuous stream of attention. To be blunt, this LCD monitor
looks simply stunning.
Samsung haven't skimped on the
technical specs either - heck we'd roast them if they put a cheap LCD screen in
this baby! With mouth watering specs like a 500:1 contrast ratio, 170 / 170
degree viewing angles, a dot pitch of 0.264mm and luminosity of 250 nits there
isn't much room here to criticize anything. The pixel refresh rates are not
listed in the spec sheet we received with this pre-sale review unit (price as
yet undecided), but I would place them at about 25ms or lower.The stand is
integral with the display, and pivots a full 90 degrees for portrait
| Samsung 171P Display:|
||17" Diagonal |
||1280x1024 pixel |
|Approx. Retail Price:
|Inputs: Analog /
In the past we have seen some fairly
innovative ways of managing the controls on the front of a computer monitor. On
some models the buttons were just hidden within the frame so they wouldn't stand out.
On other models, little silver touch-sensitive buttons were used. The 171P breaks every
rule, and in fact every convention we have ever
seen applied to a user interface on a computer monitor.
Instead of placing the six or
so buttons that are required to operate the 171P on the face, F.A. Porsche industrial
designers have opted for a very high tech tech strip of proximity sensors.
The matt black, green LED back-lit strip of translucent plastic operates
with no moving parts at all. A person need only
touch the region below the green lit text to activate the "button". Very
cool, and very stream line.
The power button offers a more
traditional silent push button action, and is slightly indented in shape. A back
lit ring of green/orange LED light emphasizes what the current power setting of
the 171P display is. Other than those two components the entire front and rear
of the display are void of anything a user can push, plugin, or disconnect. The
only other thing which remains is the small Kensington lock on the rear to
thwart people from stealing this sexy silver screen.
| "Design is not form or function alone, but rather an
aesthetic synthesis of the two." This is the philosophy that underlies all
the work of F. A. Porsche, the grandson of the legendary car designer,
Prof. Ferdinand Porsche. The starting point for F. A. Porsche´s design
activities was the Porsche car plant in Stuttgart, where in 1963, he
provided the body of the Porsche 911 with its inimitable lines. Then in
1972, F. A. Porsche began to operate as a freelance
Initially based in Stuttgart, he moved his design
studio to Zell am See in Austria in 1974. There, he and his design team
developed successful concepts for renowned international customers,
whereby the creative origin of the products is not always evident, as they
only sometimes bear the text, "Design by F. A. Porsche".
However, the core
of F. A. Porsche´s design work has always been comprised by items for the
Salzburg-based sister company, Porsche Design Management GmbH & Co KG.
Since 1978, these articles have been produced and marketed by selected
licensing partners under the brand name "Porsche Design". These products
are distinguished by four incontrovertible criteria. Namely, the refining
of the objects down to their basic function. The resultant clarity and
timelessness of form. The use of the most suitable, advanced materials and
workmanship, which combines traditional skills with high-tech." Porsche Design