Samsung 172W LCD - IntroductionIntroduction
Samsung 172W LCD - Specifications and 16:9 RundownSpecifications- Viewable Image Size: 17"- Brightness (Typical): 450 cd/m2- Contrast Ratio: 400:1 - Viewing Angle (H/V): 140/110 (degrees) - Interface: Analog/Digital - Horiz. Frequency: 30-81 (kHz) - Max/Native Resolution: 1280x768 - Emissions Standard: TCO '99 - Available Color(s): Silver - Special Features: Wide format, dual CPU input, new slim design, retractable base, wall mount included, multimedia speakers. DIMENSIONS:- Physical (WxHxD) 17.0" x 14.6" x 8.5" - Packaging (WxHxD) 20.9" x 14.9" x 5.7" WEIGHT- Net(Physical) 10.6 lbs- Gross (packaging) 15.0 lbs16:9 RundownThe Samsung website is quite limited as far as specifications go on the LCD. As stated above, the monitor is of Wide Format or 16:9 as most people may know it as. 16:9 has been around for a long time but only over the past two years has it become available at a reasonable price to the average consumer. The introduction of plasma screens a few years back brought with it wide screen viewing and since then we have been blessed with 16:9 on multiple type of displays. Plasma screens are still quite new to the market and are far from perfected, over time they will get better but as far as size to dollar ratio goes plasma screens are terrible. Also because it runs on a gas, in the event where it has to be refilled, it can become very expensive. When it came time to bring the people 16:9 in a more affordable format, Rear Projection and normal CRT was the answer. Due to this new format being quite different, new technology had to be implemented into the latest CRT, Rear Projection TVs as well as the latest LCDs. For this reason Rear Projection, CRT and LCDs now look better then ever giving plasmas an excellent run for their money as greater value can be found in these devices.
Samsung 172W LCD - FeaturesFeatures- The BoxThe first thing you notice about the box is how thin it is. While LCDs are thin, most the time the box can still be quite thick due to the fact that the stand is quite big. There isn't too much you can say about the particular box, its thin, has a handle, states what model is on the inside and has a small picture of the LCD. All in the entire box is nice and thanks to it being quite small shipping costs should be kept down. - The ContentsOpening up the box you see a very well compacted LCD that is packed superbly. Moving it out the way you find yourself with a load of extras on the inside including a analogue VGA cable, digital DVI cable, power cable with transformer, mounting plate with screws and a software CD. The mounting plate included can be used to mount the monitor to the wall. Some people may prefer to do this as it gives you even more desk space.You may be curious to know why the monitor comes with not only a DVI cable but also an analogue VGA cable; the reason for this is due to it having support for both inputs. We will have a look later on how this works and if it's better or worse for the user.- First GlanceAs soon as you pull the monitor out of the box you simply can't help but go, "owwww.ahhhh" - it really does look quite amazing at first glance and you find yourself quickly diving into the bag of accessories to get your DVI cable and power adapter. Once pulled out of the box you also notice why it was so slim, thanks to the stand design it can be bent right down making transportation an ease.
Samsung 172W LCD - Features ContinuedFeatures Continued - ConnectionsThe 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.
Samsung 172W LCD - Features Continued AgainFeatures Continued Again- Contrast and BrightnessWhen compared to the Hercules ProphetView 920DVI, which we looked at a few months back, you notice that the contrast and brightness settings are a lot higher. While the Hercules LCD used a contrast ratio of 350:1 and a brightness of 250cd/m2, the Samsung 172W uses a contrast ratio of 400:1 and a brightness of 450cd/m2 which should get rid of the darkness problems we had with the ProphetView 920DVI. This is something that we will look at in just a moment when it comes to testing. As far as paper specifications go, the Samsung 172W does look to be a better monitor but we will find out first hand in just a moment if it can live up to what it says. - OSDThe On Screen Display (OSD) for the Samsung LCD is very basic; using the buttons you will navigate through the LCD and proceed to adjust settings. Changing sources from Analogue to Digital and vice versa is made a breeze with the push of the source button found across the bottom of the screen. All your settings are there from brightness and contrast to what language and menu display time. It shouldn't take more then a minute to figure that the + goes right and the - goes left.- MagicBrightMagicBright is a built in setting on the LCD to help give users pre adjusted setting of brightness and contrast depending on what they are doing. There are three built in settings as well as a user defined setting that is stored.
Samsung 172W LCD - TestingTesting- Normal Computer UseLike 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.- GamingThe 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 PlaybackMovie 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.
Samsung 172W LCD - ConclusionConclusionSamsung are very well known for creating an excellent LCD and the 172W is no exception. One of the worst things about the monitor is its height but all we can say is "Bring on the 192W," which we hope Samsung decide to produce. 16:9 is the in thing at the moment and because companies needed to go back to the drawing board to create these widescreen products, we also get to see some of the best specifications on 16:9 equipment since newer parts have had to be used.Gaming with the 172W is excellent and it's nice to see an LCD monitor not give any form of ghosting - something which has plagued the LCD monitor for a long time. Since the whole widescreen concept is new to personal computers, the choice to play games in widescreen is still quite limited. Although with most games you are limited to 1024 X 768, you do get use to the picture being stretched slightly very quickly. While the 172W only has the height of a 15" LCD, with a 1280 X 768 resolution you get a lot of desktop space. 15" LCDs usually carry a maximum resolution of 1024 X 768 so you are quite limited as far as space goes.Overall we have one of the best speced LCD monitors on the market and its 16:9. The worst thing about the monitor is the height but of course 16:9 computer equipment is still new to the market and we are sure that we will be seeing bigger and better models from companies in the near future. The only problem is when you go bigger the ms speed usually increases and this is where we begin to see ghosting. Some people are going to love the monitor while others will not. At the end of the day it's going to be personal opinion but as far as how it runs, it's undoubtedly one of the best if not the best on the market right now. - Pros16:9Excellent specificationsNo ghosting in gamesNo borders in those widescreen moviesVery sturdy standBoth DVI and normal VGA outputsExcellent maximum resolution for an LCD this size - ConsNot as high as some might thinkGame support for 1280 X 768 (16:9) quite limited
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