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Samsung Syncmaster 172X LCD Monitor Review

Samsung Syncmaster 172X LCD Monitor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Samsung Syncmaster 172X is a 17" LCD (a-si TFT/TN) that maintains a 1280x1024 resolution with 0.294mm pixel pitch.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Nov 10 2003   Max Page  
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On Closer Inspection

Let's face it, a monitor is one of the most important components in a computer system; after all, it is the one device which allows you to see what's going on. Being able to properly configure, adjust, and set up a display is not something to be overlooked.

Given that the bezel of the Samsung 172X is just under 11mm thick, there isn't all that much room to place buttons or power controls. The designers got around this by placing the seven controls on the bottom edge of the display - with two little rubber feet to prevent the keys from coming in contact with the stand.

In addition to the all important "auto adjust" key (a lifesaver if you use the analog video cable to hook up an LCD monitor) we find the Exit, Menu, Power, Brightness (+ and -) and MagicBright keys. A small indicator LED rests dead center to let you know if the display is in power save mode, or powered up.

Looking at the 172X display head on, you'll notice that neither the Samsung logo, or control panel is distracting from the display's screen. I consider this a really important point, especially when you compare the Samsung 172X to a lower-end LCD monitor. Often on lower-end displays, more emphasis is placed on marketing the brand, or brightly labeled control panel than is put into the fact that such distractions can compromise the user experience.

This may not seem like much of an issue in the face of 12ms pixel response times, or 500:1 contrast levels, but it indicates a level of forethought that is often omitted. Plus, if you spend as much time as I do in front of a monitor, you'll also learn to appreciate the lack of distractions on the bezel. :-)

The rear of the 172X is metallic-silver painted plastic, but you'd be forgiven for thinking it was magnesium alloy. All in all, the Samsung 172X is a very stylish, and pleasant LCD monitor to use. The design and functionality of the display mark the solid engineering that Samsung is quickly becoming known for in the LCD markets. And as a bonus - not a dead or broken pixel in sight!

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Contents of Article: Samsung Syncmaster 172X
 Pg 1.  Samsung Syncmaster 172X LCD Monitor Review
 Pg 2.  — On Closer Inspection
 Pg 3.  Ports and Standards
 Pg 4.  OSD and Display Evaluation Notes
 Pg 5.  Test Observations
 Pg 6.  Final Conclusions

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