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Samsung F.A. Porsche Design 171P LCD Display
Samsung F.A. Porsche Design 171P LCD Display - PCSTATS
The 171P Syncmaster display from Samsung is a 17" LCD monitor designed by brilliant minds at F.A. Porsche.
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LCD Display Evaluation Notes

The on screen display is something that we as users only interact with when something about the monitor is ary. In those instances the last thing we really want to see is an amazing complex menu which we cannot quickly move through, or get to the controls we need to adjust.

Of the monitors we have looked at in the last little while, the Samsung displays have had some of the most advanced and intuitive. The 171P follows suite and continues to use the same OSD that all 2002 model LCD monitors from Samsung have been using.

The OSD does some neat (and pretty pointless) things like being able to halftone, or move to different areas of the screen. Realistically speaking, I don't believe there are many people out there who really need "features" like these, but I suppose someone ultimately will write in saying they do.

The on screen menus appear as follows and allow the user to adjust these display parameters: Brightness; Contrast; Image Lock: Coarse, Fine; Position: H/V; Color Control: Red, Green, Blue; Color Reset: Geometry, Color; Image Size: Normal, Expand 1 &2; Image Effect: Scaling on/off, Filtering; Language: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish; OSD Position: H/V; OSD Display Time: 5, 10, 20, 200 seconds; and Display Mode: Hl/V Frequency & Resolution.

PCstats TFT Display Evaluation Criteria:

We evaluate the quality of TFT displays with the help of a program called Nokia Monitor Test. The software application displays a range of colours and test patterns that can help diagnose just about any visual problems or defects a TFT display may contain.

It can also be a very useful tool for properly adjusting a display to the optimal settings. The software consists of eleven tests which can be run in steps as adjustments are made to the OSD. As the tests are run we look for the following problems, only one of which should be inoperable (broken pixel).

  • Broken Pixels: What we class as a 'broken pixel' can fall under any one of the following circumstances: Pixel always on (any colour), pixel always off, pixel unable to display a shade (red, green, blue, black, white), pixel shown colour gradient.
  • Pixel Clock: If the number of dot clocks within one horizontal synch are not properly configured the screen will appear to drift or vertical stripes may be generated. This should be correctable by the on screen menu.
  • Phase: If the phase of the display data and dot clock are not correctly tuned the screen can flicker, or text be displayed blurry. For example text may appear dithered, or when looking at a test pattern of a one-pixel black, one-pixel white checkerboard pattern the pattern may be distorted. This should be correctable by the on screen menu.
  • Response Time: We look for any streaking associated with moving a full page of text up or down quickly. Displays with slower refresh rates tend to show some degree of image streaking or text discoloration which can be distracting.
  • Stand Stability: TFT displays are fragile components and the stand should offer adequately stable support as well as be easily adjustable.

    We deduct marks for quality control if there are any predominant broken pixels in a display. While many manufacturers may consider a few broken pixels acceptable, we believe the high cost of TFT displays should translate into a clear and unblemished image.

  • Display Test System Configuration:
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 8500
    Operating System: MS Windows 2000
    Display Settings: Color Temp: 6500 Kelvin
    Resolution: 1280x1024 pixels
    Frequency: 60Hz
    Colour: 32 Bit

    LCD Display Test Overall Test Notes and Observations
    Geometry: Pass

    LCD's inherent design means that test grids are displayed very true and very square. In this sense, LCD displays are really good for CAD work as the line render nice and sharp at the native 1280x1024 resolution. THe 171P displayed very bright test grids

    Brightness and Contrast: Pass

    Good shading on the grey scale, but almost undetectable differences on the 1% to 9% white scale.

    Colour: Pass

    The white, red, green and blue test screens were all very bright and consistent over the entire screen area. There were no visible broken pixels or uneven areas.

    Convergence: Pass

    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. CRT displays tend to produce better results under this test as there is more of a blending processor going on.

    Focus: Pass

    All patterns are clearly visible and defined in both the horizontal and vertical axis. With such a high contrast ratio the lines are easily distinguishable.

    Resolution: Pass

    Resolution is excellent at the native 1280x1024 resolution. The image scaling algorithm is very good at non-native resolutions like 1024x768.

    Moire: Pass

    None of the test patterns exhibited any problems displaying the various grey scale and line test patterns. There were no Moire lines visible which is very good to see.

    Other Evaluation Notes:


    The stand swivels left and right very nicely which is a change for Samsung which have previously been plagued with less than idea plastic castors. The vertical adjustments work better than on previous displays and in general the entire feel of the unit is nice.

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    Contents of Article: Samsung 171P
     Pg 1.  Samsung F.A. Porsche Design 171P LCD Display
     Pg 2.  The 171P: Smooth lines, simple curves
     Pg 3.  — LCD Display Evaluation Notes
     Pg 4.  Final Evaluation Notes & Conclusions

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