SyncMaster 170MP

Designed for business and professional applications, the 170MP is its latest active matrix Thin Film Transistor LCD monitor, boasting a 17in diagonal viewing area. Having a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024, and capable of 16.7 million colours, this monitor produces excellent picture quality at very wide viewable angles - a stated 160º of conic view. The TFT panel is embedded within a wedge-shaped, metallic-hued bezel that sits on a fold-out stand (which doubles as a carry handle), aiding functional portability as well as wall mounting.

At the bottom of the bezel is an array of soft-touch buttons controlling power, menu for the on-screen display, channel up and down, volume and PiP (Picture in Picture). At the top of the bezel is an infrared receiver used by the remote control. The remote control activates the transparent on-screen display and mimics the same functionality as the soft-touch buttons. Upon turning the monitor around, you will find a back panel with a standard VGA connector as well as connectors for RGB, CVBS, S-Video and antenna; this means that you can connect it to a PC or notebook, DVD player, video recorder or cable TV box, as well as a TV aerial.

Samsung was not content to stop at good aesthetics and picture quality, adding value to this monitor by incorporating built-in stereo speakers and a built-in TV tuner that allows the 170MP to act as a standalone television set, supporting both NTSC and PAL. The controls include a function that automatically tunes the stereo television receiver for the best reception your aerial can muster, while for the fiddlers there is a manual option for the same job. After the TV is tuned you can either watch it in full screen mode, or use the PiP function to window the TV image while you use another application on your computer.

The screen also works as a magnifying glass, allowing you to digitally zoom up to 64 times and then pan across the image. Other features include five different image quality control filters that allow you to change the quality of non-native resolution images "by softening them or sharpening them.

With an asking price of $5995, it seems that these units will more likely be snapped up by companies than individuals. The good news for the standalone consumer packing serious dollars is that the 15in version priced is priced at a mere $3135. My advice to you is get yourself a money box (I have) because to see these SyncMasters is to want them.

SyncMaster 170MP

Price: $5995

Distributor: Samsung

Phone: (02) 9763 9700

URL: www.samsung.com.au

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