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-- Samsung Syncmaster 171P LCD
-- Price: ~$900 USD
-- 09.20.2002
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2 3

   Often times, the most important part of any performance computer system is the display.  The piece of equipment that's always on when you need it and provides you with data for your eyes.  With the dropping prices of conventional CRTs and flat screen LCDs, we have come a long way for our viewing pleasure.  Today we will be taking a look at a high end LCD unit, the Syncmaster 171p, from the folks at Samsung.

   What do you think of when you hear the word Porsche? Fast cars, exotic locations and computer monitors.  That was not a typo, F.A. Porsche is the mastermind behind the design of this beautiful monitor.  Just like the 911 car models, Porsche design spared nothing in putting together this model.  Let's take a look what we have in store.

   The finish on the 171P is a smooth light silver color with smoked buttons on the bottom.  This 17" model has a contrast ratio of 500:1, dual analog or digital connectors, native resolution of 1280X1024 and a viewing angle of 170/170 degrees.  The 171P also allows for pivoting which lets you turn the screen 90 degrees in either direction.  Here are some specs:

    Model   171P-Silver

PANEL   Type   a-si TFT /PVA
    Size   17"
    Pixel Pitch (mm)   0.264
    Brightness (cd/m2)   250
    Contrast Ratio   500:1
    Viewing Angle   170/170 degrees
    Interface   Analog/Digital

FREQUENCY   Horiz. Rate (Analog)   30-81
    Horiz. Rate (Digital)   30-81
    Vertical Rate   56-85
    Bandwidth   135

RESOLUTION   Maximum (Analog)   1280x1024
    Maximum (Digital)   1280x1024
    Native   1280x1024

COLOR   Maximum   16.7M

SIGNAL INPUT   Input Video Signal   Analog RGB/DVI Digital Link
    Sync Type   Separate H/V, Composite H/V, SOG
    Input Connectors   15pin D-sub, DVI-D

PLUG & PLAY   DDC   DDC 1/2B

POWER   On/Working   40 Watts (Max)

WALL MOUNT   VESAź   n/a

CABINET COLOR   Front/Back   Silver

DIMENSIONS   Physical (WxHxD)   16.7x18.0x8.1 (inches)
    Packaging (WxHxD)   19.9x20.5x10.2 (inches)

WEIGHT   Net(Physical)   13.7lbs
    Gross (packaging)   17.6lbs

FEATURES       Dual CPU; Non-Removeable Base; Built-in Power Pivot Technology

INCLUDED       n/a

OPTIONAL       n/a

WARRANTY   Parts/Labor/Backlight   3/3/3

COMPATIBILITY   Operating Systems   Windows
Macintosh
Sun Microsystems
UNIX

   The packaging contains a 3-prong power cord, power adapter, cdrom software and some instructions.  Following suit with most Samsung products we have reviewed, the manual offers very little in explanation.  More information can be found within the cdrom if needed, otherwise the quick start guide is the only paper instructions you will get.

   The front panel power button and OSD (on screen diagnostic) control both are different than anything we have ever seen.  The power button is large, at about an inch in diameter.  It is very easy to press on initial testing.  A green light is lit around the circle button once the unit is on.  It is not bright at all which helps in not distracting you from the actual LCD screen.

   The controls are designed with ease of use in mind while retaining a sense of style.  Gone are hard buttons, enter touch sensitive controls.  You need to just lightly touch the area underneath the green commands to activate them.  A faint beep will notify you of a successful touch on the control panel.

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