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Neoseeker Samsung 173 MW Widescreen Multimedia LCD Review

Posted on Friday, March 05 2004 @ 22:23:49 CET by LSDsmurf


We're right near the weekend and today at Neoseeker we take a look at a product that could be used for weekend entertainment whether it is used to watch a movie or an exciting couple days of NHL/NBA/MLB action. With the Samsung 173MW it is possible to do both at once or pretend to be working while watching a movie or TV. The lastest in Samsung's M line is the widescreen 173MW. Featuring a 17" 1280x768 display and nearly every video connection known to man, Samsung is clearly positioning the MW to be a multimedia hub. We put it through a bevy of tests including PC and console gaming and see how it stacks up.

"Gaming was a bit more of a mixed bag. Some games supported wide screen resolutions out of the box, notably UT2k4, Wolfenstein Enemy Territory, the Far Cry Demo and Max Payne 2 while others had no support for Wide Screen resolutions whatsoever including Sim City 4 and Need for Speed Underground. (Need for Speed Underground was limited to 1024x768 as its maximum resolution). Other games took more work to get working including Halo, Quake 3 and Call of Duty. The wide screen resolution of 1280x768 was not listed in the resolution menu so one has to be familiar with the console commands to do a custom height and width so widescreen support is not exactly user friendly. Ultimately it seems to be a developer specific thing as Enemy Territory is also a Q3 engine based game like Quake 3 and Call of Duty yet it was the only one of the three that supported wide screen resolutions without archaic commands."




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