Samsung SyncMaster 173MP Multi-Function HDTV/LCD Flat Panel TV and PC Monitor Review
23 August 2009
Conclusion: I like the Samsung SyncMaster 173MP very much. It always seems to amaze me every time I use it. Whether for watching television on a crappy analog signal, or playing games to typing a document, the Samsung SyncMaster 173MP is an excellent performer and dual function display for that matter. There are some neat features/options on the Samsung SyncMaster 173MP as well. The audio quality is very impressive as well providing nice bass and clear treble.
Pros: Excellent performance, Audio quality, Sexy looks, Light weight, Impresses me every time
Cons: Illuminate the buttons (minor con), No DVI cable included, No date/time function, No headphone jack (minor con)
Conclusion: This dual-function 17-inch widescreen monitor/TV knows that all work and no play makes for a dull monitor. Designed for business, its picture-in-picture (PiP) feature lets news junkies keep current while working on office applications. It has a lot of attractive features despite its average image quality and relatively small screen, which diminish its overall value.
Pros: Versatile multimedia for the desktop. Handy remote control. Extra AV connectors and headphone jack on side.
Cons: Moderate smearing on moving images. Weak documentation. No mute button on front panel.
Conclusion: Traditional-aspect-ratio, 17-inch LCD monitors without TV tuners sell for $400 to $650 these days; even granted that dual-input analog/digital models are in the top half of that range, not every shopper will want to spend $750 or so for the SyncMaster 173MW. But having a combination monitor and TV set is a neat way to recapture the status-symbol advantage now that desktop LCDs are no longer rarities -- and more important, if you haven't gotten a Win XP Media Center PC or...
Pros: A handsome, high-quality LCD monitor with handy TV tuner, remote control, picture-in-picture, and variety of video connections, Wide aspect ratio is great for DVD movies and side-by-side program windows
Cons: No pivot capability; no DVI cable in the box