Samsung 1701MP Multi-Purpose LCD

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Samsung 1701MP Multi-Purpose LCD
Test Setup and Testing

Product: Samsung 1701MP 17" Multi-purpose LCD
Provided By: Dallmann Computers

Over the past few days I've gotten the chance to play with a new toy thanks to Dallmann Computers. He fired me over a product from Samsung that is not the newest or the greatest, but it is becoming quite affordable. I'm talking about the Samsung SyncMaster 1701MP 17" Multi-function LCD. This display comes loaded with features and a built in TV-Tuner. To find out if this is the MP for you, keep on reading.
The unit I received for this review was a demo unit that had been on display for a few weeks. I was happy to see that it arrived with no scratches and all of the pixels working. That is always a worry, as I've had mixed results with LCD's. When you purchase the retail unit you can expect to find a Driver CD, Power Cord & Adapter, 6' VGA Cable, Remote Control, Audio Cable, and a Quick Setup card. The unit I received included all but the CD. That suits me just fine as I'm not a big fan of "Natural Color" setup programs.

Here's a quick rip of what Samsung has to say about it, and a shot of the LCD:

"The Samsung SyncMaster 1701MP is a 17-inch TFT-LCD display that functions as a computer monitor, a TV and a video monitor all in one. It delivers next-generation TV and high-definition images with its built-in TV tuner. The 1701MP features an ultra high 700:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 1280 x 1024 resolution, 0.264 pixel pitch and a viewing angle of 170/170 degrees. It also includes a remote control, RCA video & audio, S-Video and a built-in antenna connector to accommodate RGB analog input and NTSC."

Specs & Info:
  • Viewable Area: 17"
  • Pixel Pitch (mm): 0.264
  • Brightness: 250cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 700:1
  • Viewing Angle (H/V): 170/170
  • Response Time (ms): 25
  • Wall-mount: VESA 75mm
  • Built-in TV Tuner w/ Remote Control

Specs From Samsung's Website

Another feature not listed in the fact that the base folds up, and becomes a sturdy handle for transport. It's a little thing, but it is convenient.

Up Close & Siliceous
One of the nifty features of this LCD is the fact that it comes with a TV-Tuner, S-Video Input, and a Remote. The remote seems to have a decent range. I was able to use it from 15' away and it worked just fine.
The monitor controls along the front are very easy to use. To explain it best, we'll take a look at a page from the PDF manual.

There are four LED's along the left side that indicate what input your LCD is receiving data from. The "TV/Video" button allows you to change between S-Video, RCA Video, and the TV-Tuner. The "PC" Button returns you to the VGA input. The next button on our way right is the "Exit/Auto" button. This allows you to exit from the On Screen Display (OSD) Menu. The "Auto" feature allows you to automatically adjust your monitor to properly align the screen when changing resolutions. The buttons to the left of the center power button are self explanatory. They control channel, volume, and navigate through the OSD.

The inputs, are as numerous as they are handy. To the left we have the DC plug, and the 15-pin VGA connector. Next, we have an S-Video, then an RCA video connector. The next bank of jacks are for audio. There are RCA stereo jacks, as well as a mini-stereo jack for hooking up to your PC sound card. There is also a headphone jack, so you can listen without disturbing others. Finally, on the far right is the Antenna connector/TV Tuner.
We've seen that this display packs quite the features and inputs, but how does it look and perform? You'll have to head on over to the next page to find out more info on the test setup and testing results.