Conclusion: The Samsung 173P is a very good performer. It is physically pretty, easy to read, and very capable. This is a monitor that is nicely situated for those whose primary uses of their computers are for watching DVD’s, doing business work, surfing the internet, and other tasks not requiring an extremely fast response time. On the other hand, the Samsung 173P does do most games well but has some visible ghosting on fast games.
Pros: Very nice styling, Button-less design, Excellent position flexibility (Can swivel, turn, pivot, and tilts), Performance, Contrast Ratio
Cons: Button-less design (preference), Problems with Video Game Jockey, 25ms response time creates ghosting, Software is basic
Conclusion: The Samsung SyncMaster 173P TFT-LCD Monitor can certainly be classified as a product that has been designed for ease of use. By removing the external monitor adjustment options, the only requirement to get this product working is to attach the cables and turn it on. Consumers will appreciate the ability to physically switch between portrait and landscape modes when viewing documents or web pages.
Pros: Good picture quality and sharp display, Dual monitor support, Three year warranty, Aesthetically pleasing design, Adjustable stand and excellent pivot features
Excerpt: Sam sung? Sam sang? Whatever Sam did, he did it well. Way back in 1969, a little company by the name of SAMSUNG-Sanyo Electric was established (later merged into SAMSUNG Electronics). A year later the production of their first Black-and-white TV (model: P-3202) commenced. Fast forward to present day, the same anything but little company is around still making TV's and a slew of other household electronics; intro the SyncMaster 173P.
Excerpt: The Samsung SyncMaster 173P boasts among the best image quality we’ve seen in an LCD monitor. Even the gaming performance was better than expected, but still may not live up to a sniper’s expectations. With a small footprint, easy to setup software and both analog and digital inputs, the 173P will appeal to a wide range of users. For visually rich media, the 173P is a top performer.
Pros: Dual VGA/DVI inputs, sleek design, included calibration software
Cons: Software only compatible with Windows, price may be restrictive to some
Conclusion: The Samsung SyncMaster 173P 17" Color TFT LCD display is about
as good an LCD as we have ever seen. The colors are great, gaming is near
perfect and text readability is amazing. The 173P really encompasses
everything one could want in a LCD. The software controls are excellent though
limiting for anyone that is not using a Windows®
based operating system. The 173P is an excellent multi use display.
It functioned very well in all of our tests.
Excerpt: It has been a while since our last monitor review, but Samsung
is back and this time they brought along their sexy new 173P LCD display. The
17" 173P is targeted towards gamers, corporate and business markets. The 173P
also comes with two features that aren't common in LCD monitors now-a-days, one
is the a pivoting screen and the other is software based settings. If you
haven't noticed by now, take a good look at the front panel.
Conclusion: Once turned on, I checked for any dead pixels first. I only pin-pointed 1 in the lower right, which is very good. You probably can't see it in the picture below, but easiest way to check for pixels is to display a white screen and start searching. Without any tweaking with MagicTune, the display is already bright and clear. I went ahead and chose a background to use while I tested the unit.
Pros: Sleek and crisp design, Awesome power on button, Beautiful color and very even brightness/contrast, MagicTune eliminates buttons, MagicBright quick change B/C presets
Conclusion: We've grown used to LCD vendors advertising whopping, 170-degree viewing angles for their displays, but Samsung has, to our knowledge, set the record by claiming a 178-degree viewing angle for both horizontal and vertical offset for the 173P. We definitely wouldn't go that far, although you can indeed crane your neck (or just swivel the screen) well to one side without getting an airline-movie-screen negative image; the backlight is clean and even, with no bad pixels to...