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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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Test Observations

LCD Display Test Test Observations
Geometry:

Samsung's 172X performs very well under normal viewing with the 1280x1024 screen resolution. Since the test pattern is scaled to fit the resolution.

Brightness and Contrast:

Very nice shading under the gray scale test. The percentage white scale bars were clear and de-saturated which was good to see. It was difficult to see a perceptible change between 1% and 2% white however.

Colour:

The white, red, green and blue test screens were very bright and vibrant over the entire screen area. There were no dull or broken pixels on the display we tested, which is always a good indication that quality control is doing its job.

Convergence:

The grid test patterns in RGB illustrate the worst case situations when different coloured pixels must work closely together, and since they comprise different parts of a pixel they do not line up exactly on LCD screens where there is less blending. Since the pixels on the 172X are 0.294mm in size, the effect is a little more noticeable than a standard 17" display which uses a 0.264mm pixel dot pitch.

Focus:

This test has a few patterns of alternating black and white boxes with text in them. In the center of the page are two boxes with 1 pixel vertical stripes. All test patterns showed up perfectly.

Resolution:

Resolution was excellent at the native 1280x1024 size. Image dithering at a non-native 1024x768 was good; lines were obviously fuzzy, but text was still very legible.

Moire:

Since we tested with the analog signal there was some background waves in a few of the more challenging test patterns here. They were very subtle and would be difficult to notice unless you looked for them I think.

Other Evaluation Notes:

Overall the Samsung 172X handled the Nokia Monitor Tests exceptionally well. For everyday work an LCD display such as this would provide a comfortable and vibrant platform.

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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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