Just purchased one...Love it!!! Bright screen...clarity like nothing else I have seen, except the XSGA screen on my Dell Laptop. Fast...I actually play games with very little effect on this screen. RTCW looks stellar...Jedi Knight II and more. I really have no complaint about the screen at all. If you wish...PC Magazine does ratings on flat panels...the they rated the Samsung 181T number one...the only brand to receive 5 stars. I agree! I suggest that you get a good 30 day return policy from wherever you purchase it...if you don't like it...return it. I purchased the Sam's Club version of the monitor called the 170s. The 170s, according to drivers and tech support people at Samsung is the exact 171s...made for and sold only at Sam's, by Samsung. I saved $$$$ with the Sam's version...and LOVE this monitor. Sam's Club members have a 90 day return policy. Sam's also carries the 191s, 150s, and 151s. If you have a membership...go there and take a good look.
I need to update this post. There was a milky, swirly film inside the lcd cover. When in a dark screen, it looked like someone had wiped the screen with a filmy rag and forgot to clean the residue. Almost a milky white. Very annoying to look at. Boxed and return tommorrow. Back to my 19" CRT...forget LCD! Really disappointed in Samsung. If they are supposedly rated #1...I'd be sure to stay away from anything else as well, for the time being.
Yeah! Talked to Samsung this morning. They didn't like the description either. They seem to think that the coating on the back of the protective screen was defective. Even they recommend taking it back. I did clean the screen to double check that. Used lint free cotton based cloth with distilled water...swirls still there...Covers about 14" of the 17" screen. Annoying as can be, too!
I don't believe that Samsung has ffd...but the refresh on the 170S (Sam's Club Version) is .25ms...fast enough that I played RTCW, Jedi Knight II, Need for Speed Porsche and some others with no ghosting or anything like it. Right now, I'm gonna sit on my credit card until the credits all land. Once I'm back to a 0 balance...I may go back for another round until I find a good one. The Sam's price for the 170s is $549. If you look anywhere on the internet for a price on the 171s (the straight Samsung version of the same monitor)...the lowest I've seen is $709...$150 in savings and if you get a good one...you're set. The manager of Sam's personally apologized as did the Samsung Tech Support engineer. Seems that a bad batch may have gone to my Sam's.
CRT is .25 for good ones, .29 isn't bad really. It's just bigger. You could go for an 18" (I think for 1280x1024 it's best, cause imo 17" is too small for very comfortable use, and 19" may have annoying dot pitch for some).
oooh, sweet... thats even better than i thought. i'll have to check some of these things out over the weekend... here are the ones i'm thinking about. maybe you or someone, knows about them? 19" ViewSonic VX9001 and Samsung synchmaster 191T.
....the crows seemed to be calling him, thought caw....
Both r nice, but do remember that w/ the MVA and PVA technologies they both respectively use, they have high grey response times, so it may not be too fun with that. You can alternatively wait for FFD.