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."