Compact and light display: SyncMaster 172T

Samsung has long specialised in that irresistible combination of ravishing case design, high-calibre image quality and a beautifully pitched pricing strategy. The SyncMaster 172T is another winning model that gives the competition plenty to chew on.

The casing may lack clean lines, but the 17in 172T is still a compact design that will take pride of place on any desktop. The lightweight casing also means that its 4.7kg frame requires little effort to move from one room to another.

The specifications are practically identical to those of the CTX PV722E (reviewed in our the LCD Best Buys May issue), such as a 500:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness rating and 170º viewing angle. The 1280x1024 native resolution and 0.264mm pixel pitch are good and the 25ms response time lets Samsung users dip into the latest games and video titles without any blurred motion.

The screen isn’t top-heavy with extras, although the DVI (digital visual interface) connector will prove useful should the digital revolution sweep through the flat-panel industry. It’s a shame that Samsung didn’t bundle any USB or pivot facilities. No integrated audio solution is built-in as standard, although users can snap up the onboard audio option and fit it into the stand for maximum deskspace.

The 172T offers high image quality with an extremely bright and vibrant colour palette. Text output is excellent and the sharp character recognition means you can comfortably use the screen for intensive work sessions.

In brief: Samsung SyncMaster 172T
Excellent text output and image quality at this price makes the SyncMaster 172T a worthy purchase over similar contenders.
Price: $1199
Vendor: Samsung
Phone: (02) 9763 9700

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