High-End LCD: Samsung and BenQ


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Panel ManufacturerAU OptronicsSamsung
Response12 ms12 ms
Resolution1280 x 10241280 x 1024
Contrast500 : 1500 : 1
Luminosity300 cd/m²270 cd/m²
Viewing angle, vertical140°140°
Viewing angle, horizontal140°160°
Colors16.2 million16.7 million
USB hubnono
Pivot functionnono

It was a duel between two 12 ms panels: AU-Optronics, used in the BenQ FP767-12, and Samsung, used in the 172X Version 2. As far as ghosting is concerned, the winner is ... Hydis. So what's new...

On the other hand, these panels offer better color rendering than the Hydis panel and they have a wider angle of vision. To put it simply, AU and Samsung can display a true black, while Hydis cannot.

Finally, these 12 ms panels are perfectly suited for people who want responsive screens without having to sacrifice too much in color rendering. They are a good compromise, perfect for people who want to play games without being as demanding as true "hardcore gamers" or graphic artists who need to edit and retouch images, etc. But we still lean slightly more towards the BenQ FP767-12, even if we prefer the ergonomics and design of Samsung's 172X.

Of course, we couldn't end this review without opening the debate about future panels that will undergo testing. Apart from the 14 ms adopted by Acer, we shall soon be testing a ... 10 ms with the Hydis name .

When we met them at the CeBit show in Hanover, Germany, Hyundai suggested sending us a monitor built around this panel. We're really looking forward to it.

Coming soon, a more standard comparative test of various monitors currently on the market, ranging from 17" to 21", both with and without a TV tuner.