If you've accustomed your eyes to frenetic gaming or to watching DVD movies on your PC's CRT monitor, but you're ready to move to an LCD, direct your gaze at Samsung's 17-inch, performance-oriented SyncMaster 172X.
With a fast, 12-millisecond response time--more than twice the reported speed of most 17-inch LCDs on a recent chart--our shipping display produced cleaner outlines and smoother movements in DVD video tests than our 25ms-rated reference LCD did. Some testers also noticed subtle improvements in gaming graphics. With a price of $649 (street), the 172X is more expensive than most standard 17-inch LCDs, but if movies and fast-paced games are your passion, you could end up all the richer.
Samsung SyncMaster 172X
A speedy LCD for picky players.
Price when reviewed: $649
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