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Samsung SyncMaster 171S (GH17LSSSJ)

The letters “SSS” in the name indicate that the display is made in a silver-black case and features a base that doesn’t support the portrait mode. The specified characteristics don’t impress much: 250nit brightness, 350:1 contrast ratio, 160/120 degrees viewing angles and 25ms response time. No wonder, as this model belongs to the older 171 family that has been manufactured for a long time (according to LCD manufacturers’ standards, of course) and is now ousted to the budget sector by the newer 172 family.

The display is bulky, although it doesn’t surpass the above-described Sampo here. The massive base helps to adjust the tiling and height, but doesn’t allow putting the screen too low. So, if you happen to have a high desk and a low chair, you will have to look at the screen from below, which is not very nice. The control buttons are placed on the right, you can press them with your thumb, holding the panel in place. Brightness and auto-adjustment have quick access buttons, while contrast is only set in the menu. Anyway, the menu is quite simple, there will be no problems using it.

The matrix is typical: horizontal viewing angles are more than enough for comfortable work, while the angle “from below” is relatively small. There is enough brightness: I found 35% brightness and 30% contrast most comfortable for a word-processing program.

This display was far from hasty in the tests: 37ms pixel rise time and 4ms pixel fall time. Still, the blurring was not too evident, although I wouldn’t recommend you to use this display at home. Backlight brightness is regulated by means of pulse-width modulation with the 540Hz frequency.

Pixel rise time

Pixel fall time

 
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