Author: Ren-Jie Huang
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Friday, December 28th, 2001
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
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LCD monitor prices are continuing to drop, and perhaps this holiday season is the time to invest in an ergonomic display. If you already own an LCD screen, then perhaps its time to upgrade to a 17 model; I know I want to. We have reviewed numerous amounts of LCD monitors, and the display under the scope today is none other than the Samsung 170T. Samsung is well known for their line of displays and is a leader in innovation. The 170T did not disappoint. Lets dive into the specifics.
|Viewing Angle (H/V)||160/160|
|Response Time (ms)||25|
|Interface||Analogue / Digital|
|Horizontal Frequency (kHZ)||Analogue: 30~81, Digital: 30~63.3|
|Vertical Frequency (Hz)||56-85|
|Bandwidth (MHz)||Analogue: 135, Digital: 108|
|Maximum Resolution||1280 x 1024|
|Colour Supported||16.7 Mil.|
|Input Video Signal||Analogue RGB, DVI Digital Link|
|Video Level||Analogue: 0.7Vp-p, Digital: TMDSTM|
|Sync Type||Separate H/V, Composite H/V, SOG|
|Input Connectors||15 pin D-SUB, DVI-I|
|Included Signal Cables||VGA Cable, DVI Cable|
|USB Powered Hub Option||Yes|
|Power||On Working: 40W (Max), Off: <5 W, Energy Star / NUTEK: Yes|
|OSD-Digital Display Director||Yes|
|Emissions Standard||TCO 99|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||440 x 458.5 x 220|
|Special Features||Dual Interface & Auto Signal Detection|
The Samsung 170T monitor is not just an ordinary 17 LCD display. Well, it has everything a regular display would, but the display has been digitalized. It supports both analogue and digital input streams from the video card. By using a digital feed, pixel reproduction will be nearly perfect and issues such as pixel jitter and color mismatch can be avoided. However, with the highly developed analogue to digital circuitry used in most LCDs today, the benefits are not easily distinguishable.
The installation and setup of the monitor is the same for previously reviewed monitors: very simple and straightforward, but connecting the cables were still difficult. After powering up the screen, I was amazed. The images were crystal clear, uniformity was superb, and there was very little fading around the edges. This was using the analogue connection. We chose to run the tests in analogue mode to better compare this product to other analogue models. When viewing in digital mode, it can clearly be seen that LCD monitors should head in this direction. The OSD was simple to use and carried many of the same functions as the older models. The button layout is also quite similar, so getting familiar to the monitors controls should not be a problem. The Samsung also incorporates a high viewing angle into the 170T of 160 degrees horizontally and vertically, so no matter where you are sitting, the image will still be there, and in the correct colours. However, there is a limit to how far you can deviate from the screen, but that should no longer be a problem. In addition, with a native resolution of 1280 x 1024, the 170T can meet the needs of high quality picture viewing and editing users without compromise. This LCD monitor does not have as high as a contrast ratio as other models, but at 350:1, its more than adequate.
Further testing was performed using DisplayMate, which is by far the most comprehensive set of tests used to examine a monitor, and the Samsung 170T passed it with flying colours. Screen uniformity was perfect and distortion was nonexistent, which meant close to perfect images. There were no problems with defocusing, blooming, or streaking. The intensity ramp and colour scales were extremely uniform. Even Moiré patterns failed to impair the quality of the display. All and all, nearly perfect, but there was a slight problem with colour registration. This is inherent in all LCD monitors; however, the 170T performed just under par with other Samsung monitors. Even during testing with Quake II Arena, there were no noticeable problems. The lighting was great, and the game never jittered, proving that the video bandwidth is more than adequate for most users.
What can I say? The Samsung 170T is a near perfect monitor, supporting both analogue and digital interfaces with excellent uniformity, geometry and colour scale. Not to mention zero distortion, great video bandwidth and focus. The only real thing not going for this display is the price. At just over $1600 CDN, it will be unlikely that the 170T will fall into most users budget. In addition, if you do not have a digital card, I would not recommend that you run out there to buy this monitor, since digital cards are still hefty in price; so why get a monitor with digital support unless you intend to use it. But if price were not a thing, then this would be an excellent addition to any computer system.
Overall Score: 80%
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