Summary: I just upgraded from this monitor to a new one after using this monitor for close to a decade. It's been trusty, it followed me around to LAN parties in high school, served as an extra screen for my laptop in undergraduate, and will now serve the same function on a desktop in graduate school. Response time was great - my tech savy friends told me I'd never be able to compete without a CRT for gaming - it never was an issue.
Summary: The monitor itself is excatly what I wanted, however, I thought what I was buying was what the picture showed. I'm new to online shopping....what the picture showed was a monitor ON A STAND, this was not to be..so had I known it did not come with a stand I would not have purchased it because now I have to find one...maybe online shopping isn't for me. I don't think I'll do it again because to me its deceiving.
RELIABLE 17 INCH MONITOR FROM SAMSUNG, SYNCMASTER 171V
5 March 2007
Summary: I have owned 4 Samsung monitors. My experience over a 10+ year period has been well beyond my expectations. During this period I did not experience a single problem with any of the monitors. In fact I did not even have a single burnt out pixel on any of them and I still have the first one I purchased 10 years back. The overall picture quality is slightly above average. Sharp and clear, good contrast and color rendition. Minimal slight leakage.
Summary: The more important problem: I purchased this monitor for (..) . A few months later, I purchased a 17" Dell LCD Monitor for (...) and the quality of the picture is 10 times better. The Dell monitor has rich, vibrant colors - whites are white, darks are dark, picture is sharp and colors are great! The quality of images on the Samsung monitor are considerably duller and greyer.
Summary: Ok, so let me say first, I play games, and that is the main use of my computer. So I am probably expecting better results than most people would ever need with an LCD. Set up was fairly simple, but you absolutely need the drivers supplied installed or everything looks way too bright (I had default brightness on my gf4 4400). After that things looked much better, but still not yet right.
Summary: I bought a 171v at [a local store] for [$$$], with a...rebate. Installation and setup was mindlessly simple. I found the Natural Color SW to be useless. After a week I exchanged the unit for another 171v, as there was a noticable color/contrast gradient from top to bottom. The replacement unit had the same color/contrast gradient from top to bottom, although less pronounced. I am not sure I will keep the unit or get a refund and buy an LCD monitor with a digital input.
Summary: I bought my 171v lcd monitor about 1 month ago. Has worked perfectly so far. I just took it out of the box, plugged it into my computer, power, turned it on and that was it. Did not have to install any drivers, even though there is a software CD included. The CD contains drivers and a Natural Color software, I don't like to install things unless needed, so did not even bother to try.