|-- Samsung Syncmaster 173P 17" LCD Monitor
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The 173P features a thermally sensitive power on switch.
Just lightly touch it and it powers on. I first tested this
model using DVI then analog as a primary display and as a secondary
display. I can honestly say, there is a VERY small difference in
quality. A few years back, when comparing DVI to analog, DVI will
consistently beat out analog, not anymore.
Once turned on, I checked for any dead pixels
first. I only pin-pointed 1 in the lower right, which is very good.
You probably can't see it in the picture below, but easiest way to check
for pixels is to display a white screen and start searching.
Without any tweaking with MagicTune, the
display is already bright and clear. I went ahead and chose a
background to use while I tested the unit. There is no auto-adjust
button, but if you hold down the power button for a few seconds, it will
re-adjust the screen for you.
My first sample that I tested actually had a
bad row driver according to the Samsung engineer. A black line would
show up at the bottom of the screen intermittently. Had it swapped
for a new sample and everything was fixed. Most likely the problem
was due to the package being dropped during shipment or whatnot.
First test run consisted of playing a few
movies rich in color and with fast paced action. So without
hesitation, I popped the Matrix into the drive. Fast forwarded a bit
to the dojo scene. I noticed the screen was much more vibrant and
brighter than previous units I've taken a look at. There was minimal
to no ghosting at all, very impressive.
I then fired up Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo.
Ran through a few rounds, same remarks as when watching the Matrix.
Beautiful colors and bright screen, my eyes couldn't have looked at a
I also loaded up some text docs and read a
few news websites, all without any blurring in my eyes. What used to
happen with cheaper models was the constant need to wet my eyes.
Major strain was used just to sharpen the text to read it. The
viewing angle is out of this world. I've tried looking from top down
and from the sides at a nearly 90 degree angle, I can still see the screen
just as clear, very impressive.
The 173P basically put all that behind, as it
delivers eye candy in terms of text, graphics, movies and games. If
you need a 17" LCD, grab this one. Not only does it perform great,
you'll gain much more real estate space on your desk. You will NOT
be sorry for choosing this one. Now if only they start making
something like this in the 19" flavor...
- Sleek and crisp design
- Awesome power on button
- Beautiful color and very even brightness/contrast
- MagicTune eliminates buttons
- MagicBright quick change B/C presets