Samsung SyncMaster 171N (GH17ASAB)
The N-marked models are somewhere between the old 171 and the new 172 families. They have the same bulky base supporting the portrait mode like the 171 models, while the compact case is the same as in the 172 family. The parameters are similar to those of SM171S: 250nit brightness, 400:1 contrast ratio, 140/120 degrees viewing angles and 25ms response time.
The design of the front panel has been changed: the plastic framing is much narrower, and the control buttons are shifted to its lower edge. As with the 171S model, we have only two quick access buttons: for brightness and auto-adjustment. The menu follows the Samsung style. It is the same as in 171S as well as in 15” models. One more difference from the 172 family is the integrated power supply unit (just like in 171S).
Viewing angles are similar to those of the previous model (well, if there is a 10-degree difference, you will not notice it with a naked eye). But the bad view from below is more important for this model as it becomes the view from the left in the portrait mode. Screen brightness is higher than in 171S. I set 25% brightness and 22% contrast at work. Anyway, I’d like to say that even with the maximum brightness, the image was quite OK.
This display performed quite well in the tests having shown 25ms pixel rise time and 4ms pixel fall time.
Pixel rise time
Pixel fall time