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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



Samsung 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.


- Pros




Excellent specifications


No ghosting in games


No borders in those widescreen movies


Very sturdy stand


Both DVI and normal VGA outputs


Excellent maximum resolution for an LCD this size


- Cons


Not as high as some might think


Game support for 1280 X 768 (16:9) quite limited



Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award


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