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Samsung Syncmaster 171B LCD Display

Samsung Syncmaster 171B LCD Display - PCSTATS
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Abstract: The 171B shows of the new trend in spiffy silver monitors Samsung appears to be embracing fully.
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Samsung Syncmaster 171B LCD Display


With the ushering in of the new year comes the 2002 LCD models from Samsung, and it looks like there are going to be quite a few. The Syncmaster TFT Display line has been around for a while now, and we have already looked at several examples of what this Korean company has to offer the flat panel consumer. The 171B shows of the new trend in spiffy silver monitors Samsung appears to be embracing fully. The two-tone black and silver display with its side mounted controls breaks from tradition, while giving users a very clean, and very stylish looking display.

The 171B series uses a 17" a-si TFT/PVA (Pattern Vertical Alignment) 1280x1024 resolution screen for viewing comparable to that of a 19" CRT display. The TFT panel is capable of displaying 16.7 Million colors, and features a 0.264mm dot pitch, contrast ratio of 400:1, brightness of 240 cd/m2, pixel response time of 25ms and exceptionally wide viewing angles (80/80/80/80).

Samsung SyncMaster 171B Display:


Screen Size: 17" Diagonal
Resolution: 1280x1024 pixel
Pixel Pitch: 0.264"
Luminosity: 240cd/m
Contrast Ratio: 400:1
Viewable Angle: 80/80/80/80
Pixel Response: 25ms
Power Draw: 40W
Approx. Retail Price: $800 USD
Manufacturer: Samsung
Inputs: 15-pin Analog VGA
LCD Display Comparisons
Display pixel pitch luminance contrast viewing angle screen size max resolution price range
AOC LM-500 0.270 mm 200 cd/m2 150:1 50/50/40/40 15" 1024 x 768 $350
Hitachi CML153XW 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 300:1 45/45/60/60 15" 1024 x 768$400
Hitachi CML151XW 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 350:1 45/55/60/60 15" 1024 x 768$420
Samsung 150MP 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 300:1 70/70/60/60 15" 1024 x 768$650
Samsung 150T 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 300:1 60/60/55/55 15" 1024 x 768$600
Samsung 570S 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 250:1 60/60/55/55 15" 1024 x 768$500
Samsung 570V 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 250:1 60/60/55/55 15" 1024 x 768$400
Samsung 170MP 0.264 mm 170 cd/m2 220:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024$1000
Samsung 171MP 0.264 mm 240 cd/m2 400:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024 $1250
Samsung 171B 0.264 mm 240 cd/m2 400:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024 $800
Samsung 170T 0.281 mm 220 cd/m2 350:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024$900
Samsung 180T 0.280 mm 220 cd/m2 350:1 80/80/80/80 18.1" 1280 x 1024$1600
Samsung 800TFT 0.2805 mm 170 cd/m2 220:1 80/80/80/80 18.1" 1280 x 1024$2500
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The display connects to the computer by an analogue VGA cable only, and the monitor is adjustable for Portrait or Landscape viewing by rotating the entire panel. With a built-in power supply this is one of the first panels we've seen to abandon the powerpack, and yet remain slim with a panel thickness of about 65mm.

Rounding out the other goodies which the 171B brings to the table are 135 MHz of bandwidth and an optional USB Hub which fits into the rear of the display stand.

Mounting the 171B to an armature or wall is an option thanks to the now-basically-standard 100mm VESA mounting points on the rear of the LCD panel. If you prefer a more grounded approach, an adjustable stand makes positioning the 171B display panel much better than previous stands, which completely lacked the verticle (up/down) movement of this grey trimmed LCD.

Main Control Panel

Positioning the controls on the right hand side of the displays bezel makes sense for a couple of reasons. The most obvious of which is that since this si a rotating displays, the OSD menu controls are still reachable if the display is in portrait mode.

While south paw's might be cursing this bit of clever industrial design, it is a might better than how the older rotating LCD's handled the twisting from landscape to portrait.

The controls consist of small flush mounted grey buttons that don't distract from the LCD panel in any way, and are grouped into two sections of three. From top to bottom we have a back lit power switch, then menu, +brightness, -brightness, exit and all important auto - as in auto adjust everything.

I had no difficulty operating the controls, and the maneuvering through the OSD menus's was very straight forward as far a button navigation goes.

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Contents of Article: Samsung 171B
 Pg 1.  — Samsung Syncmaster 171B LCD Display
 Pg 2.  The 171B Display Up Close
 Pg 3.  Analog Standard, USB Hub & New OSD Menu
 Pg 4.  TFT Display Evaluation Notes

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