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  Product:     Samsung SyncMaster 173P TFT-LCD Monitor  
  Price:     $860 (CAN) / $630 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Samsung Canada
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     June 12th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Eileen from Samsung Canada for sending the SyncMaster 173P 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. The biggest advantage of the SFF format is the ability to easily transport a system from one place to another. In recent years, the price ratio of LCD-TFT based products has been reduced to make them more affordable. 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 continues to revamp its product line offering new a revised product of Ultra Thin LCD-TFT monitors. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Samsung SyncMaster 173P TFT-LCD Monitor. a mid-range LCD that offers sleek looks and a minimal set of features.


The 173P 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 173P TFT-LCD Monitor - Features
Viewable Image Size: 17" Brightness (Typical): 270 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 700:1 Viewing Angle (H/V): 178/178 (degrees)
Interface: Analog/Digital Horiz. Frequency: 30-81
Max/Native Resolution: 1280 x 1024 Emissions Standard: TCO '99
Available Color(s): Silver Special Features: Ultra Narrow Bezel and slim design, dual hinge stand, dual CPU input, pivot technology, buttonless design, MagicTune, MagicBright

Samsung SyncMaster 173P 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: 700:1
Viewing Angle: 178 / 178
Response Time: 25ms
Interface: Analog/Digital
Frequency Horiz. Rate (Analog): 30-80
Horiz. Rate (Digital): 30-63
Vertical Rate: 56-76
Bandwidth: 140 MHz
Resolution Maximum (Analog): 1280 x 1024
Maximum (Digital): 1280 x 1024
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 / White
Dimensions Physical (WxHxD): 15.0" x 15.6" x 9.3"
Packaging (WxHxD): 18.7" x 16.1" x 6.9"
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 173P TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 173P TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 173P 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 173P was packed between two formed pieces of polystyrene and enclosed in a sealed protective plastic bag.

SyncMaster 173P TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 173P TFT-LCD Monitor
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The SyncMaster 173P 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 all of Samsung's latest application software including Natural Colour, Pivot Pro and Magic Tune. Magic Tune and 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 who use Samsung's new Magic Bright feature. Pivot Pro software lets you rotate your computer display from landscape to portrait orientation, making documents, e-mail and web browsing easier to manage. The software works with multiple monitor configurations in Windows 2000/XP and supports all rotating orientations: portrait 90, presentation 180, portrait 270, and landscape. 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 173P TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 173P TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 173P TFT-LCD Monitor is bundled with a standard 15-pin D-sub VGA cable, DVI-D cable, power cable and a power adapter. 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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