Samsung 172X: 12ms Response Time for 17" LCDby Kristopher Kubicki on June 8, 2004 12:05 AM EST
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ConstructionMost Samsung LCDs that we have seen in the past two years are radically different in design than anything else currently available. We expected the SyncMaster 172X to look like nothing else available right now.
|Samsung SyncMaster 172X|
|LCD||17" SXGA LCD (Active Matrix)
pixel pitch: 0.264mm
TN Display Mode
|Scanning Frequency||Horizontal: 30-80kHz
|Response Time||12ms (Typical)|
|Contrast Ratio||500:1 (Typical)|
|Compatibility||1280 x 1024 (Native)|
|Warranty||3 years parts and labor|
Unlike the Sharp LL-191A-B unit that we looked at last month, the Samsung 172X sports an even lower average response time - 12ms. Don't forget to check out our comments on response time in that publication. Unfortunately, the display uses a method of Frame Relay Control (FRC) on a TN mode display. Over the last few years, Samsung has relied almost exclusively on its own PVA (Pattern Vertical Alignment) display mode (a little bit more info is here). Going from PVA to TN display modes is a fairly big deal for Samsung; PVA is typically regarded as a much more elegant and efficient display mode. TN displays typically have shallower viewing angles and do not appear as crisp.
Specifications are fairly on par with what we have seen concerning other 17" LCDs from Samsung. Our 172X is slightly brighter than last year's SyncMaster 172T model; 270 nits versus 250. While correct, we could increase the brightness to surpass the luminance of some of our other 250 nit LCDs, and color washes out very quickly. This is tell-tale of the 6-bit LCD panel (we saw similar results on our LL-191A and Hitachi CML174).
Like many of our LCDs of late, the Samsung 172X had zero pixel defects. We did not find a single stuck pixel or subpixel.