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Samsung SyncMaster 170T TFT Display
Samsung SyncMaster 170T TFT Display - PCSTATS
For those of you who have lay awake at night dreaming of a flat screen in place of that bulky cube of a CRT display this may be the monitor for you.
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Samsung SyncMaster 170T TFT Display
The size difference between a 18.1" TFT display and a 17" TFT display is really slight, but cost wise it can be quite significant. For those of you who have lay awake at night dreaming of a flat screen in place of that bulky cube of a CRT display this may be the monitor for you. Samsung's Syncmaster 170T is sleek, silvery, and most of all dead flat. Measuring less than three inches thick, the panel can be removed from the base and mounted to a wall, or even a moveable armature.

With the flexibility for both DVI and Analog inputs the display is future proof and adaptable to today's high-end analog video cards, either in a single or dual computer configuration. Blessed with dual inputs, the 170T maintains the functionality necessary to connect simultaneously to two computers (one using the analog, and the other the digital input) and switch between them with the touch of a button. The Syncmaster features a 1280x1024 resolution which makes it comparable to most 19" displays in size. Naturally, image quality is the most important facet of any display, whether it be flat, curved or projection - the 170T won't disappoint.

TFT displays like the 170T offer users a very crisp and geometrically accurate picture. Problems with picture geometry that we often associate with CRT displays are a thing of the past. The real challenge for TFT displays is to maintain a bright and high-contrasting display that refreshes quickly, and vividly during the most mundane tasks and the most intense graphical challenges. The LCD panel carries itself well with a 0.281mm dot pitch (best we've seen is 0.264mm) and boasts a very nice contrast ratio of 350:1. So bolt on that Kensington lock and get ready to go!

Samsung SyncMaster 170T Display:

  • 17" Diagonal Viewable Size (a-si TFT active matrix display)
  • Dot pitch of 0.281mm
  • Contrast Ratio: 350:1
  • Luminance: 220cd/m2
  • Viewing Angles: 80/80/80/80 (up/down/left/right)
  • Consumes 40Watts power
  • 1280x1024 pixel resolution, analog and DVI connection
  • Weighs approx. 8.4Kg
  • External universal power supply (100-240 Volt AC)
  • Comes with: CD-ROM, 6 foot power cord, 15-pin D-sub analog video cable, DVI video cable, manual, AC-adaptor.
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
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    Important info about buying a TFT display

    We always suggest you test any flat panel display you are considering in the store before you pay for it!

    LCD panels are very complex components and in the past many manufacturers only guaranteed their display's to be 99.9% free from defect. That could mean up to 3 or 5 broken pixels before the display is considered "broken." Broken pixels are individual pixels in the display panel which are stuck on a certain colour, are constantly dim, or are always off. Depending on the location and intensity of a broken pixel they can be next to invisible, or glaringly obvious. It pays to test the display first, regardless of which manufacturer makes it.

    Analog and DVI

    Analog video connections are the type of video cable most commonly in use at the moment. In the future this may change, but for the moment there are still a heck of a lot of people holding on to their old 17" CRT displays. When the price of LCD's comes down to the sub $400 level I would expect DVI to become more dominant.

    Analog Connection DVI Connection

    The basic differences between an analog display adapter and a DVI (digital) display adapter (besides the blue and white colors) is that with the blue analog cable the image is transmitted to your monitor as an analog signal. On the other it arrives at the display as a digital stream of one's and zero's.

    When these display signals are sent to an LCD display - a device which only operates in the digital realm - the picture must translated to a digitally signal before it can be processed and displayed. On the other hand, if you happen to be equipped with a digital output on your video card, the digital signals are simply sent right to the display to be shown on the screen as they were intended.

    Is there a difference between the two means of connecting a display? No... not really. On the visual level there hasn't ever been a perceivable difference in display quality that I could actually see.

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    Contents of Article: Samsung 170T
     Pg 1.  — Samsung SyncMaster 170T TFT Display
     Pg 2.  A good looking display
     Pg 3.  SyncMaster 170T OSD
     Pg 4.  TFT Display Evaluation
     Pg 5.  Evaluation Results & Conclusion

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