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Samsung 170MP 17" TFT Display-TV Review

Samsung 170MP 17
Abstract: With the continuing trend in convergence, it was only a matter of time before the venerable television was combined with the cutting-edge technology of flat panel TFT.
 98% Rating:   
Filed under: Monitors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Jul 03 2001   Max Page  
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The wonders of a built-in TV-tuner

It is really quite neat to be able to watch TV and work on the computer without having to twist your head around every few moments. While the 170MP can act as a full fledged television (remote, cable channels, and V-chip included), it also supports picture-in-picture.

Since TV signals operate at a lower resolution than computer displays do, the shrunken down images are generally better quality in this regard. The main point to be aware of is that the PIP feature is completely removed from the computer, so no extra load is forced upon the processor or video card whatsoever. As they say, all the magic happens right inside the box!

Picture in Picture: Large Image

Since the PIP action is done on the display side, we had to take a few shots of the display with digital camera to capture the effect. The large setting is good for watching a show, as it presents the TV picture at its true resolution (display set to 1280x1024) of 640x480. Since the cable is piped directly into the display, the remote controls the channels and the image quality is excellent.

Picture in Picture: Small Image

The smaller PIP size is more useful for keeping an eye on TV as you work on more important things. With a shrunk-down image things look even better, but the image is really too small to watch a program at - good for keeping an eye on CNBC or CNN though. Also remember the audio from the TV will automatically come through the built-in speakers too.

How well does the LCD panel display television pictures you wonder? Well good question. Keeping in mind that just about every LCD panel used in computer displays is limited to 16.7 million colours you might think that the quality and vibrancy of the picture would suffer. As far as most people are concerned there is virtually no difference between watching a television show on a tube-based TV, and that of a show on a LCD panel.

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Contents of Article: Samsung 170MP
 Pg 1.  Samsung 170MP 17" TFT Display-TV Review
 Pg 2.  The SyncMaster 170MP's Full Specs:
 Pg 3.  External Features
 Pg 4.  — The wonders of a built-in TV-tuner
 Pg 5.  Is there a difference in pictures?
 Pg 6.  170MP Display Perspective Images
 Pg 7.  Show me the remote!
 Pg 8.  The Advanced On Screen Display
 Pg 9.  Display Evaluation Criteria
 Pg 10.  Evaluation Results & Conclusion

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