Adjust your display with your mouse

Ever controlled your monitor’s settings using a mouse? You can now, with Samsung’s new 17” LCD monitor - the SyncMaster 173P plus.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  April 20, 2005

Ever controlled your monitor’s settings using a mouse? You can now, with Samsung’s new 17” LCD monitor - the SyncMaster 173P plus. This LCD monitor, which according to Samsung features the worlds highest contrast ratio of 1500:1, is designed for button-less use (except for the power button). This is possible thanks to the company’s MagicTune software that enables the mouse to control almost all of the monitor’s settings. The 173P also incorporates Samsung’s MagicColor engine that creates colour displays, which can be configured to each user’s personal preferences. “The embodiment of the world’s first highest contrast ratio and response time (8ms) combined is Samsung’s great achievement. This new achievement is recognised as the LCD monitor industry’s big step forward,” said Mr. K. H. Koh, general manager, Samsung Gulf Electronics. “Currently the average contrast ratio of a typical 17-inch LCD monitor is around 400:1 to 500:1.” ViewSonic also recently claimed to have launched “the world’s fastest LCD monitors”. Its 19-inch VX924 and 17-inch VX724 both feature a quoted response time of 4 milliseconds (ms), eclipsing Samsung’s response speeds. The Syncmaster is targeted at users wanting to playback action-packed visual images such as DVD movies and video games. To this end, the monitor provides wide viewing angle (up to 178 degrees) by offering a maximum resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 pixels. The 173P plus also has both analogue and digital inputs. Furthermore, its MagicPivot feature automatically senses the current pivot location and adjusts the screen angle to a full 180 degrees of rotation for better viewing. The Syncmaster 173P plus is now available for $470.

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