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Samsung SyncMaster 172W (MO17WSDS)

The only exceptional characteristic of this wide-screen display (its dimensions are 16:9 instead of 5:4, which is traditional for 17” LCD displays) is brightness equal to 450nit at 400:1 contrast ratio. Viewing angles and response time are average: 140/110 degrees and 25ms.

The colossal brightness is achieved by means of the new operating mode aka MagicBright, known to the users of the new CRT-display series from Samsung. When you press the MagicBright button, you will be offered four options: User Defined, Text, Internet and Entertain (in the order of increasing brightness). Brightness is rather low in the Text mode (I set both brightness and contrast to 40%), but in the Entertain mode the screen is simply shining.

The viewing angles correspond roughly to the matrix used in the 172S model rather than the 172B one. When viewed from below, the image appears dark.

Overall, this display has a specific function. Its 16:9 screen ratio and highest brightness make it the best choice for watching wide-screen movies. As for work, you’d better stick to the 172B model with its much wider viewing angles.

Response time of this display was the same as of the 171N model: 25ms pixel rise time and 4ms pixel fall time.

Pixel rise time

Pixel fall time

 
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