The monitor comes with a Digital DVI cable as well as an Analogue VGA cable. The 172W is capable of handling both inputs at one time. If you wanted to run the monitor off two PCs (one with a DVI cable and the other with a normal VGA cable) you wouldn't have any trouble as you simply just have to press the source button and you can switch between the two computers with ease.
The DVI connector on the monitor is known as a DVI-D connecter and a DVI-D cable must be used, while this isn't a problem as the monitor comes with the necessary cable in the event that you did loose the cable you would have to purchase a DVI-D cable. The DVI-D cable is a few pins shorter then your more common DVI cable and the reason for this is due to the fact that this cable will only carry a digital signal. The Hercules ProphetView 920DVI we looked at only had one cable coming from it , this cable was capable of sending an analogue and digital signal, so if you didn't have a video card with support for DVI you could still use the monitor with the converter that came supplied with the monitor.
The 172W unfortunately doesn't come with an RCA port which is a bit of a disappointment as when we used the one on the ProphetView 920DVI it opened up a whole new set of uses for the LCD. The only other connector on the back of the monitor is the power one which doesn't really take much explanation. It would have been nice to see an RCA port or maybe an S-Video one built into the monitor, hopefully this is something that Samsung will look at in the near future.
- Build Quality
While the Samsung does look amazing, it still doesn't have that same sex appeal that the Hercules has. The build quality is superb and this can be seen across the whole line of Samsung LCDs. The best way to get the general feel of build quality is to just handle it, you can feel how cheap it is or if the company has gone out and made it for the more rugged user aka the lanner.
Moving to the bottom of the screen you see the buttons that help you navigate the menu. The buttons are quite nice and match in with the whole color scheme; it doesn't feel like the buttons are going to break if you spend all day using them which is always a good thing.
Moving right down to the bottom we find the stand which is very sturdy. Between the stand and the monitor we have two hinges which bend with ease but always stay in the same position. With these two hinges we are able to move the monitor up and down as well as tilt it back and forth with great ease. While you can't twist the monitor from side to side being an LCD and not weighting much it doesn't take much effort to turn the whole monitor.
The overall build quality of the monitor is excellent and it shows that you really do get what you pay for. While the cheaper LCDs on the market don't feel as good it doesn't necessarily mean that they are a bad LCD. To help reduce costs for the user some companies choose to make it of cheaper materials and if your someone who simply places the LCD on the desk and doesn't move it this is fine as the chances are your not going to run into any problems. The 172W really feels like a monitor you could carry around and not have to worry too much about.
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- Samsung 172W LCD - Page 1 [Introduction]
- Samsung 172W LCD - Page 2 [Specifications and 16:9 Rundown]
- Samsung 172W LCD - Page 3 [Features]
- Samsung 172W LCD - Page 4 [Features Continued]
- Samsung 172W LCD - Page 5 [Features Continued Again]
- Samsung 172W LCD - Page 6 [Testing]
- Samsung 172W LCD - Page 7 [Conclusion]
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