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  Product:     Samsung SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor  
  Price:     $742 (CAN) / $578 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Samsung Canada
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     January 6th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Sugmin from Samsung Canada for sending the SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor for review.

Samsung Canada


The pursuit of conserving desktop space has forced many consumers to look for alternatives when assembling their own personal computer systems. The popularity of Small Form Factor systems has driven a demand for components that not only provide the same level of functionality as full desktop systems but also take up less space in cramped office environments. Samsung Electronics has been at the forefront of the consumer market developing a wide range of CRT and LCD-TFT products based on its popular SyncMaster brand name. The company has recently shifted its focus and has been developing a brand new revised line of Ultra Thin LCD-TFT monitors. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Samsung SyncMaster 172X LCD Monitor. a mid-range LCD that offers sleek looks and an abundance of features.


The 172X TFT-LCD Monitor is one of many available LCD based monitors available from Samsung Canada. This product is part of the popular SyncMaster series and incorporates an ultra thin narrow bezel with a dual retractable hinge base and sleek dimensions. Here are some features and specifications taken directly from the Samsung Canada website:

Samsung SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor - Features
Viewable Image Size: 17" Brightness (Typical): 270 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 500:1 Viewing Angle (H/V): 160/140 (degrees)
Interface: Analog/Digital Horiz. Frequency: 30-80
Max/Native Resolution: 1280 x 1024 Emissions Standard: TCO '99
Available Color(s): Silver Special Features: Ultra think design, Narrow Bezel, dual hinge, MagicTune and MagicBright

Samsung SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor - Key Specifications
Panel Type: a-si TFT/TN
Size: 17"
Pixel Pitch (mm): 0.264
Brightness (cd/m2): 270 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Viewing Angle: 160 / 140
Response Time: 12ms
Interface: Analog/Digital
Frequency Horiz. Rate (Analog): 30-80
Horiz. Rate (Digital): 30-63
Vertical Rate: 56-75
Bandwidth: 135 MHz
Resolution Maximum (Analog): 1280 x 1024
Maximum (Digital): n/a
Native: 1280 x 1024
Color Maximum: 16.2 M
Signal Input Input Video Signal: Analog RGB, DVI Digital Link
Video Level (Analog): Analog : 0.7VP-P; Digital: TMDS
Video Level (Digital): n/a
Sync Type: Separate H/V, Composite H/V
Input Connectors : 15pin D-sub, DVI-D
Plug & Play DDC: DDC 2B
Power On/Working: 40 Watts (Max)
Wall Mount VESAŽ: 75mm
Regulations Safety: UL, CE, CSA, TUV, IEC950, DHHS, PTB
EMI/Emissions: FCC, DOC-B, CISPR22, VCCI, CE
Emission Standard: TCO '99
Cabinet Color Front/Back: Silver / Black
Dimensions Physical (WxHxD): 14.5" x 14.3" x 7.6"
Packaging (WxHxD): 18.1" x 15.5" x 5.6"
Weight Net(Physical): 11.2 lbs.
Gross (packaging): 15.0 lbs.
Included VESA wall mount bracket
Optional N/A
Warranty Parts/Labor/Backlight: 3 / 3 / 3
Compatability Operating Systems: Windows, Macintosh, Sun Microsystems

SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor ships in a double wall cardboard box with a plastic carry-on handle positioned on the top. A product shot is showcased on the top and side panels, along with a complete list of specifications and features. Inside the package the SyncMaster 172X was packed between two formed pieces of polystyrene and enclosed in a sealed protective plastic bag.

SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor
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The SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor also includes a smaller plastic bag which contains an assortment of items. The included CD contains the TFT-LCD monitor user guide, installation drivers and a brand new software application called Magic Tune. In the past, Samsung has been known to bundle all their LCD-TFT based packages with an application called Natural Colour. Magic Tune like Natural Colour allows you to manual adjust display optimization, colour adjustment and colour preference settings all from your desktop. This software has been designed to work specifically with LCD-TFT based monitors which use Samsung's new Magic Bright feature. An eight page user guide covers the driver installation for different O/S platforms ranging from all flavours of Windows to Linux. A secondary manual covers the hardware installation and recommended safety procedures.

SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 172X TFT-LCD Monitor is bundled one standard 15-pin D-sub VGA cable and a power adapter. After examining the specifications for this monitor, I noticed that missing from the package was an additional power cable for the power adapter as well as a DVI cable. Both cables should be relatively easy to replace and I'm pretty sure that this was an oversight for the review package that I was sent. As an alternative, consumers interested in wall mounting this unit will be happy to know that Samsung has included a VESA mounting bracket along with an assortment of mounting screws.
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