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Samsung 172W LCD - Life at 16:9

By: Shawn Baker | Monitors in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 2, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Samsung

Testing

 

- Normal Computer Use

 

Like most LCDs, when it comes to normal computer use they are excellent, because they are easier on the eyes and they are just a lot nicer to use overall.

 

If you're going from a 17" CRT, it will take a little bit getting use to as the monitor isn't as high. It is measured 17" corner to corner so for this reason it's not as high because it's a wide screen. This will take some getting use to for people, while others will be able to get straight into it and will enjoy the extra width they now have to play with.

 

- Gaming

 

The worst thing about gaming with a widescreen is finding games that support wide screen resolutions. Some games don't have any problems, while others have to run in 1024 X 768 which of course stretches the image which can be annoying sometimes. As far as the overall gaming experience goes this would have to be one of the best LCDs on the market. Thanks to the low ms the 172W carries with it, you don't get any ghosting at all. Ghosting is when you are in game and moving around and where you see a trail follow it. This is due to high ms commonly found on cheaper monitors and can be quite annoying when playing games.

 

- Movie Playback

 

Movie playback is awesome and this is where you see the 16:9 resolutions come into affect. Load up anything with widescreen support and you will find your self watching movies without any borders - pure bliss. At first you may find it a bit dark but this is where MagicBright comes into affect. Simple change it over to the entertain mode and you will be watching the latest movies better than ever. If you're a big movie watcher, you will love the 172W as it really goes out to those people who love the whole 16:9 concept.

 

 

 

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