Product Type: Samsung LCD monitors
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Pretty & elegant - but harsh on the eyes!
Samsung Syncmaster 173P
Member Name: LaylaStar
Samsung Syncmaster 173P
Advantages: Beautiful & elegant, crisp colors
Disadvantages: Not easy to regulate brightness/contrast, too harsh for sensitive eyes
This monitor is very beautiful and that is why I chose it. (I also liked the wide viewing angle & ability to connect analog/digital.) We bought it online, after looking at several monitors in stores. (Mostly, they pretty much looked the same.)
There was a review online talking about its brightness, but I didn't take it into account. Now I wish I did.
SyncMaster 173P really is exceptionally bright, to the extent that it hurts my eyes. (Truth is, I do have somewhat sensitive eyes & spend a lot of time behind the monitor. But that was precisely why I wanted a LCD display, so that it would be easier on the eyes.)
/Okay, I admit my sensitivity to light got worse when using this monitor in a dark room with lights off - I thought it would be more environmentally friendly & also better for the eyes, but it wasn't. So now I make sure to have lights on, & it's a bit better../
There are no buttons for things like darker-lighter or contrast, instead there is a software solution to this. While this may help a monitor look more attractive, it is certainly unpractical, especially if there is more than one user, & everyone prefers different settings. With a few buttons, everyone could easily adapt to preferred settings quickly, while the software solution is slightly time-consuming & cumbersome. (& if you're not very techie, you might end up not using it at all.)
Another issue with this monitor that I dislike is lack of mobility of the 'neck' of the monitor. You can only tilt it up and down a bit, but can't really make it much higher (I ended up putting big dictionaries under it on a 'normal' desk with no extension, & still my neck hurts a bit). Again, this may prove a bit annoying if there are multiple users who prefer different settings. You can roll it to be in 'landscape' or 'portrait' setting easily, which is good, though I wish there would be a simple button that could easily adapt what you see on the display accordingly too.
What I like is the elegant form, the on/off button is very elegant too... (though the blue glow from the LED-indicator can be a bit annoying in the dark sometimes). The silver matt frame is pretty, only direct light from behind your back will glow on it a bit annoyingly..
If you need crisp colors & lots of brightness (eg for design or such), this might be the monitor for you. If your eyes are sensitive (& you mostly use the PC for writing & internet & such), you might be better off with something else..
This review is also published elsewhere on the world wide web... :)
Summary: Not for non-techie people with sensitive eyes! Yes for people who need bright crisp colors!
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