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-- Samsung Syncmaster 173P 17" LCD Monitor
-- Price: $630.00 USD
-- 03.05.2004
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2 3

   What do you get when you mix ease of use, sleek design and clarity? For us, it's the Samsung 173P LCD monitor. The first time I opened the box, I thought it looked like it was modeled after the Apple Ipod from the back. It is designed with a silver/white exterior and sleek power on button.  That's not just the only thing that's eye catching, let's see what else we have in store.

   Here are some specs from the Samsung website:

    Model   173P-Silver

Panel   Type   a-si TFT/PVA
    Size   17"
    Pixel Pitch (mm)   0.264
    Brightness   270 cd/m2
    Contrast Ratio   700:1
    Viewing Angle (H/V)   178/178
    Response Time (ms)   25
    Aspect Ratio   4:3
    Interface   Analog/Digital

Frequency   Horiz. Rate (kHz)   30-81 (Analog)
30-63 (Digital)
    Vert. Rate (Hz)   56-76
    Bandwidth (Mhz)   140

Resolution   Maximum   1280x1024
    Native   1280x1024

Colors   Supported   16.7 Million

Signal Input   Input Video Signal   Analog RGB, DVI Digital Link
    Video Level   Analog : 0.7VP-P; Digital: TMDSTM
    Sync Type   Separate H/V, Composite H/V, SOG
    Input Connectors   15pin D-Sub, DVI-D

Plug and Play   DDC   2B

Power   On/Working (Watts)   40

Wall Mount   VESAź   75mm (optional)

Cabinet Color   Front/Back   Silver
    Available Colors   Silver

Dimensions (W*H*D)   Physical (inches)   15.0 x 15.6 x 9.3
    Packaging (inches)   18.7 x 16.1 x 6.9

Features   Special   Ultra Narrow Bezel and slim design, dual hinge stand, dual CPU input, pivot technology, buttonless design, MagicTuneTM, MagicBrightTM

Warranty   Parts/Labor/Backlight (yrs)   3/3/3

   Included in the box are VGA and DVI cables, power brick and cord, quick start guide and a cd-rom.  Samsung has always provided very little documentation in paper form.  Instead, the full manual is included on the compact disc.

   Upon first impressions, I noticed they kept the bottom rotating wheel.  This allows you to spin the monitor without actually having to move the base.  This is especially helpful if you have a small or cramped desk.  Instead of clearing out all the contents on your desk just to turn your monitor, you can just swivel it in place.

   There is  actually no controls on the monitor itself.  Everything is taken care of through the MagicTune software located on the CDRom. It allows for brightness, contrast, etc. customization.  MagicBright is also included, which allows you to flip to preset brightness/contrast settings for text and other types of viewing situations.

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