With a sticker price of approximately
$570 USD, the Samsung 173P+ 17" monitor is certainly
priced towards the upper-end of the 17" LCD market. Yet, compared to average 17"
screens, the 173P+ offers ultra-wide 178 degree viewing angles, an industry
leading 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a brightness figure of 270cd/m2.
Its pixel pitch of 0.264mm is standard, as is
the native resolution of 1280x1024. Likewise, the effect of its pixel response time of
8ms (gray to gray) is debatable against a monitor which has, say, a 16ms pixel response
white plastic and aluminum casing make this monitor an ideal option for someone
looking to replace an iMac monitor, or add one to a stylish PC. With high design
sensibilities, the Samsung
Syncmaster 173P+ monitor is pretty to look at, and its
screen characteristics are also quite appealing.
The display is really easy on the eyes, but the
lack of OSD buttons on the front bezel is annoying. All is quickly forgotten if
a DVI video cable is used (no adjustments necessary). However, if you use an
analog cable to hook up this LCD screen to a PC, be prepared to install the
MagicTune 3.6 software in order to configure any of the display's extra Magic
features, or general aspects like brightness and contrast.
The potential to pivot the display proved frustrating because the PivotPro software apparently had
issues with ServicePack 2 Windows XP pro. Tests with this software on a
Windows 2000 PC went by without a hitch.
of ghosting are less visible against 25ms panels, but it is not entirely absent.
The use of a gray-to-gray value is not as desirable in our books as a true
rise-and-fall figure, since gray-to-gray has yet to be standardized by VESA. Its
usefulness to consumers making comparisons is poor. As a 17" display, the
Samsung 173P+ maintains excellent contrast and a vibrant picture.
Office work is a given, gaming and DVD playback are just fine.
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