The Samsung SyncMaster 174v is a gorgeous looking LCD in terms of both exterior and visual display quality. It packs the quality and performance of Samsung electronics, and falls short of perfect only by one minor visual flaw - a border of "white" or pixels of greater brightness along the outer edge of the screen. Everything else about this LCD display is great: stylish exterior, simple OSD navigation, built-in power supply, good contrast ratio/viewing angles/lamp brightness/response time, etc. The backlight illuminates fully within a second when the LCD is turned on whereas other LCDs can take anywhere from one to five seconds and flicker too. And though the 174v supports only analog input, there aren't many better deals (if any) for a 17" LCD screen like the 174v.
If you're in the market for a relatively inexpensive, but good quality LCD monitor, and don't mind analog input, then the SyncMaster 174v is by any standards a great buy. You might want to hold off on ordering this LCD online however, as retail stores like Best Buy and CompUSA often sell it along with MIRs bringing the net cost below $400! I personally bought the 174v for $350 after rebate. Be sure to check your local weekly ads for sweet deals like this.
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