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REVIEW: Fujitsu Siemens P17-2

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 17"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,264
Native resolution: 1.280 x 1.024
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 338 x 270 / 430
Video-In, connector: D-Sub analog / DVI-D digital
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 56 - 76
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 30 – 82 / 135
Color mode preset/user: 5 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: Sub-D cable, DVI-D cable, audio cable, power cable, manual, CD
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 369 x 350 – 470 x 260
Weight [kg]: 6,5
Compliance: TCO03, EPA, CE , GS, ISO 13406-2
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: < 40 / < 1 / < 1
Test date: 16.10.2006
Rating:  
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: +
Contrast: ++
Color space: +
Subjective impression of image quality: +
Shades of gray resolution: +
Brightness allocation: ++
Interpolation image quality: +
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: ++
Operating, OSD: +
Suitable for occasional gamer: ++
Suitable for hardcore gamer: +
Suitable for DVD/Video: ++
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 380,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad

Introduction

Quite a variety of modern LCD displays with VA panels (Vertical Alignment) and Overdrive technology have arrived at the market by now; some of these are the already reviewed by us Eizo L778-k or the Fujitsu-Siemens P19-2. In contrast to this, the availability of 17 inch displays that sport VA panel plus Overdrive is still rather limited. In this size category, one can mainly see displays with TN type panels dominate the field. In today’s review we examine the Fujitsu-Siemens P17-2, one of the very few models of this size to feature this technology.

TN technology’s disadvantage compared with VA lies in narrower viewing angles and worse color reproduction. In turn, TN panels (Twisted Nematic) can score with lower response times which mostly make them the preferred choice for gamers. But thanks to Overdrive, the balance has shifted towards VA panels and the previous avoided by gamers panel type is now increasingly being considered by this target group as well. With response times between 8 and 12 ms, Overdrive featuring VA displays have picked up the pace and can find their place next to TN models in terms of gamer popularity.

With the P17-2, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers (FSC) has launched a model which might just have what it takes to set new standards as an all-rounder in the 17 inch category. Just as the other models FSC P19-2 and FSC P20-2 that we had also reviewed, the Fujitsu-Siemens P17-2, too, is equipped with a Samsung made PVA (Pattern Vertical Alignment) which not only stands out with its high contrast and wide viewing angles but also with respect to low response times. Even though Fujitsu-Siemens is calling its pixel acceleration „ADCC“, we are still going to refer to it as Overdrive in this review for reasons of simplicity.

In our review, we want to touch on both strengths and weaknesses of the Fujitsu-Siemens P17-2 in a detailed manner and try to conclude whether this display can be considered as a real alternative for gamers.

All results issued in this review have been established using the digital DVI input, with the exception of the test runs for analog image quality, which have been established on the analog input (D-Sub). Our test bed ran with a Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card.

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