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Samsung SyncMaster 172B (MO17ESZS)

This display looks an exact copy of the previous one, but drastically differs from it in its characteristics: 250nit brightness, 500:1 contrast ratio, record-breaking 170 degrees viewing angles (in the both directions) and 25ms response time.

As the design doesn’t differ from the previous display, let’s go over directly to image quality. Viewing angles are really impressive – the image looks excellent whatever the direction you view it from. While many other displays couldn’t boast any acceptable view, when you looked at them from below, this one is devoid of this weakness. The effective viewing angles do correspond to the specified 170 degrees. I don’t know how the engineering men from Samsung Electronics achieved this, but the result is excellent and 172B has no rivals in this parameter, at least among the monitors reviewed today.

During work I set both: brightness and contrast to 30%, but the black color doesn’t greatly suffer when brightness is at 100%. The matrix has a high level of contrast.

The total response time was rather average: 31ms. But unlike other matrices with a slow rise and fast fall, this one did the rise in 13ms and fall in 18ms. In practice it results in a less washed out image than on other displays with the same total response time.

Pixel rise time

Pixel fall time

 
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