The Good Low price; high-quality picture; built-in TV tuner; extensive input options; easy controls; attractive.
The Bad Inputs are hard to reach; no digital input.
The Bottom Line A top-quality, full-featured LCD monitor with an entry-level price.
Samsung SyncMaster 170
Looks Like Love
The SyncMaster 170MP's satiny, silver bezel and chrome menu-control buttons are handsome, but more importantly, its picture quality is stunning. Its colors are saturated and vivid, its focus is impeccable, and its sharp contrast draws crisp, clear detail. Text is legible down to a minuscule 7 points, and the 170MP is completely flicker-free at its 1,280-by-1,024-pixel maximum resolution. The 170MP's comprehensive OSD (onscreen display) is very straightforward and intuitive, and you can adjust the length of time the menu appears onscreen.