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Samsung Syncmaster 172w

Samsung Syncmaster 172w
alaScore 84

26 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Samsung Syncmaster 172w. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Monitors for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Monitors the Samsung Syncmaster 172w is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Alfred Poor (

Samsung SyncMaster 172W


Apple garnered a lot of attention last year with its wide-screen iMac, so it was just a matter of time before more such displays began to appear. One of the first is the Samsung SyncMaster 172W ($750 street).

Apr, 2003

Expert review by : Shawn Baker (

Samsung 172W LCD - Life at 16:9


Widescreen is a new way of viewing life, at least your computer life. Widescreen or 16:9 started to become popular as Plasma displays entered the market. Today Shawn

Oct, 2003

Expert review by : SLCentral (slcentral)

Expert Review

Jul, 2003

Expert review by : Nathan Glentworth (tweaknews)



Now the real surprise is gaming with this monitor. LCD monitor wise, I have not played on a better monitor than the 172W. The colours are sharp and vibrant, the contrast and brightness are great and guess what, THERE IS NO GHOSTING!

May, 2003

Expert review by (

Samsung Syncmaster 172W Widescreen LCD Monitor


"Magic Bright" lets you increase the brightness of the screen all the way up to 400 nits - substantial considering most LCD monitors are capped off at 280 nit brightness ratings.

Mar, 2003

Expert review by : Michael Phrakaysone ( - Review 91 - Samsung SyncMaster 172W TFT-LCD Monitor Review


Sharp Image Quality and Color, Excellent stand, DVI support

Speakers, Bright can be too bright sometimes, Some ghosting and only 60Hz

The Samsung SyncMaster 172W does the job very well. It displayed sharp image quality in everything I threw at it and color reproduction was spot on. There were some instances that my eyes hurt with the combination of 60Hz and if the brightness was...

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Samsung SyncMaster 172W TFT-LCD Monitor Review


We all know the benefits of a TFT-LCD. It gives you more space, and for the most part, it's better than CRT's. But not all of them are the same. Each TFT-LCD has it's own difference and performance. Samsung has always been a leader in providing CRT's...

Bright; Sharp Image Quality and Color; Excellent stand; DVI support

Speakers; Bright can be too bright sometimes; Some ghosting and only 60Hz

The Samsung SyncMaster 172W does the job very well. It displayed sharp image quality in everything I threw at it and color reproduction was spot on. There were some instances that my eyes hurt with the combination of 60Hz and if the brightness was...

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Samsung - Syncmaster 172W


History, so they say, repeats itself, and when we took a look at Samsung's unusual new flat panel display, we wondered whether it might be about to do it again. What makes the Syncmaster 172W stand ...

The Samsung Syncmaster 172W (sometimes called the SM172W) is a good product for movie buffs or HDTV enthusiasts wanting to get the most out of their PCs, but at the moment it's in the wrong price bracket and, for the money, a full-sized, conventional...

Aug, 2003

Consumer review (



Excellent monitor and no dead pixels. The colors are stunning and theater like.Pulled up a table and chair and watched a DVD just like on live screen in a theater. Easy setup using Win2000 SP2. This is a great buy from Newegg and won't last long at...

Nov, 2003

Consumer review (

172W Samsung


Newegg rocks! Great little screen. Perfect screen with no dead pixels.

Nov, 2003

Product Specifications

The Samsung SyncMaster 172W is a revolutionary, wide-format 17-inch multimedia TFT that's one of the brightest displays on the market today. Ideal for graphics professionals, motion video editors, and PC and online gamers, this sleek display offers a wide 16:9 aspect ratio for 22% more working space than a typical 15" monitor. This eliminates the need for two separate displays, giving users extra room for palettes, toolbars, spreadsheet columns, and PowerPoint thumbnails. The 172W features three separate brightness modes. The PC-Text mode is ideal for traditional text-based computing, such as word processing. The Internet mode offers increased luminescence designed for viewing streaming video. And the third, and brightest, mode is for entertainment applications, such as PC-Internet gaming, multimedia content editing, and watching TV or HDTV (TV tuner optional). Including built-in speakers, the 172W allows users to enjoy any widescreen (cinema) DVD movie, and offers an sRGB color management solution for true color compatibility among various color image peripherals. There's also a stylish dual hinge stand that folds back for easy wall mounting, so users don't have to purchase a separate VESA wall mount bracket.

Audio Output

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Contrast ratio (typical):400:1
Display brightness:450
Display Diagonal:17
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 768
Display scan frequency (horizontal):30 - 81
Horizontal scan range:30 - 81
Pixel Pitch:0.264 / 0.289
Response Time:25
Vertical scan range:56 - 75
Viewing angle, horizontal:150
Viewing angle, vertical:120

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch:0.26mm/0.29mm
Form Factor:Desktop
Image Brightness:450cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio:400:1
Image Max H-View Angle:120/140
Image Max V-View Angle:110/150
Interface:DVI / VGA (HD-15)/VGA (HD-15) / DVI
Max Resolution:1280 x 768
Response Time:25ms
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC / Unix/PC/Unix / Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung SyncMaster 172

Input Device

Type: None


Compliant Standards:CE / DDC-2B / EN 60950 / EN 61000-3-2 / EN 61000-3-3 / EN55022 / EN55024 / FCC Class B certified / ICES-003 / MPR II / TCO '99 / VCCI Class B ITE / TCO 99/CSA / DDC-2B / Energy 2000 / ISO 13406-2 / NUTEK / TCO '99 / TUV / UL / TCO 99/DDC-2B / Plug and Play

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS / Linux / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT / SunSoft Solaris

Video Input

Digital Video Standard:Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
TV Tuner Presence: No

Weight & Dimensions