| A wide screen LCD that measures 17" across is good for movie watching.
In general we were pretty pleased with the
Samsung Syncmaster 172W LCD screen. The pixel pitch was effectively that of a 15" LCD screen,
but I think this is more of a limitation of taking what
is essentially a 15" monitor and adding a few inches to one side.
Better visual results could have been had if a 17" screen had had
some display cut from the bottom, but most users will be hard pressed to
notice the differences between a 0.280mm and 0.264mm dot pitch even with displays placed
side by side.
Magic Bright is something of a novel feature,
but it really is only suitable for use with media (games or video
for example). Unless you enable it in a particularly bright room for
better visibility you will find that using it with standard text or documents
along those lines may increase eye strain. I'd also be a little worried
about the possibility of shortening the lifespan of the backlights - the small lights
which illuminate the LCD screen. Samsung back the 172W with a three year parts/labour and
backlight warranty incidently.
Brightness and colour saturation were quite good,
but in comparison to some Viewsonic LCD's we have tested in the past
there seemed to be a higher emphasis on keeping the colours cool. While it
is not mentioned anywhere in the specs for this display, we did some investigation
and found that the pixel response of the 172W is a quick 23ms - down 2ms from the
typical standard of 25ms.
quick test conducted by quickly moving a webpage of text up and down confirms
that there was no visible blurring or streaking of the display. LCD's with a
slow pixel response will often fail this test by showing a reddish blur around
text as the screen is moved up and down and pixels rapidly switch from
on to off.