Date: September 8th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Samsung Canada
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SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 172MP INTRODUCTION
It's a fact that all monitor manufacturers have had to swallow like cheap cough medicine. CRT monitors consist of dated, inferior technology that is starting to be ignored for the power-efficient vibrant picture quality of the LCD monitor. To date, CRT monitors have been a big seller and the manufacturing process has been so refined that monitor manufacturers are making a financial windfall. Since the introduction of LCD monitors into the mainstream consumer market, companies are being forced to walk away from their comfortable CRT manufacturing process to develop, refine and create an LCD monitor line for the future. Any monitor company that doesn't do this WILL fail and become extinct within the next 5 years. Who will win the battle? I'm glad to say the consumer for once. The popularity of the LCD monitor is by far one of the booming sectors of the computer peripheral genres and competition is growing. With the inevitable result being affordable high quality LCD monitors, I am humbled to sit back in my recliner and let the competition begin.
Today I will be reviewing the Samsung SyncMaster 172MP which is more or less a refined 2003 model example of the 171MP released in 2002. They are pretty well exactly alike other than some internal technology improvements like an increased viewing angle and picture quality. Well, let's not spoil the review by letting the cat out of the bag now.
On with the review!
Samsung's SyncMaster 172MP contains features like:
-1280 x 1024 max resolution / 85Hz
- NTSC, S-Video, HDTV Tuner Built-In
- RCA Video & Audio, S-Video, Antenna Connector
- HDTV Picture In Picture Capability
- Full 17" viewable screen
- Built-in Multimedia Speakers <-- (and decent sounding ones too!)
- Most advanced image scaling
- Fast and accurate auto adjustment
- 170/170 Viewing Angle (H/V) <-- (Practically can look at it sideways)
- Little electromagnetic emissions
- Absolutely no flicker <-- (Thanks to a great refresh rate of 85Hz)
- Metallic Silver Color
- NUTEK & TCO '95 certified
- Weight Less Than 10 Lbs