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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.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Jul 03 2001   Max Page  
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Show me the remote!

What would a TV be without a remote? How would anyone be able to channel surf? True to form, the SyncMaster 170MP comes equipped with an Infrared remote to control both the television display, and the on screen menu. The remote has a small (and overly stiff) cursor pad that is surrounded by some greenish plastic that makes you think it lights up, in the dark for example, but it doesn't. The remote is fairly standard, though it does have a few keys that link directly into the OSD menu capabilities.

It runs on two AAA's which are included. The only bad thing we can say about the 170MP revolves around the rather shallow range the remote has if you are less than three feet from the display. The sensor for the Infrared signals is at the top of the display and seems to be more finicky than it should be at close settings. Secondly, we found the cursor pad on the remote to be quite stiff. At times it was difficult to move through the menu selections without pressing very hard.

Resolution Settings

Resolution setting on a flat panel LCD display are always slightly different than that of their CRT relatives. With an LCD display, it is always best to operate it at the maximum resolution - in this case at a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels. With the computer set at this resolution there is no dithering effect on the image because each dot in the TFT panel accurately corresponds to the resolution setting. The full list of supported resolutions and frequencies are listed below:

Display Resolutions:
Resolution Freq Hor. Freq Ver. Pixel Clock Standard
720x400 31.5kHz 70Hz 28.3MHz VGA
640x480 31.5kHz 60Hz 25.2MHz VGA
640x480 37.5kHz 75Hz 31.5MHz VGA
640x480 43.3kHz 85Hz 36.0MHz VGA
800x600 53.7kHz 85Hz 56.3Mhz SVGA
800x600 46.9kHz 75Hz 49.5MHz SVGA
1024x768 48.4kHz 60Hz 65.0MHz XGA
1024x768 68.7kHz 85Hz 94.5MHz XGA
1024x768 60.0kHz 75Hz 78.8MHz XGA
1280x1024 63.9kHz 60Hz 108.0MHz SXGA
1280x1024 80.0kHz 75Hz 135.0MHz SXGA
Broadcasting Standards:
Colour System Sound System Stereo System Channel System Countries
NTSC M A2, BTSC (SAP), EIAJ US, JAPAN Korea, USA, Canada, Chile, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto-Rico, Taiwan

The On Screen Display that Samsung use with the 170MP is simply the best we have every seen. I know it's hard to take much interest in these menus, but after looking at a billion blue-screen and yellow menus it was quite surprising to see an OSD of such quality as this...

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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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