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ergonomic delight of the of the SyncMaster 173B is the pivoting feature
, which along with the supplied Pivot Pro software
, allows the monitor to be switched in mere seconds between portrait and landscape modes.
Physically, all that is required to put the monitor in the portrait mode as shown above is to pull the monitor up to its maximum height (in order to provide enough clearance for the corner when rotating), then rotate the monitor clockwise 90 degrees. (It's best to set the Pivot Pro to 90 degrees before making the physical change, as mouse movement logic gets changed with orientation.) Then you get the view below:
This view is far superior for reading text and most other documents meant to be printed on letter or legal sheets, and for viewing many web sites. The main article pages of SPCR, for example, generally become easier to read in portrait mode.
Some may recall one or two CRT monitors marketed with a pivot function a few years ago. They were crude and cumbersome at best and recommended only if absolutely necessary for your work. This thin and flat LCD monitor is a perfect implementation of the portrait / landscape pivot feature.
Connections & Controls
The 5 button controls are positioned on the bottom-facing portion of the bezel, along with an audio input jack for the speakers and an output for headphones. The center button is the power switch. The two buttons on the right marked "-" and "+" normally adjust the speaker volume. When on-screen monitor menu is accessed, it works in conjunction with the 2 buttons on the right to provide navigation control.
The power input jack and the analog video input are located on the back panel, in a recess that faces down. Access is easiest with the monitor screen rotated to the portrait position as in the photo below.
Power for the monitor comes from a small transformer box rated to provide 14VDC - 3A. The cords to and from the power box is 5~6 feet each. Not too short or long. In actual use, it made no noise and drew 28W.
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