I own myself this LCD, so lets do a review of Samsung 2233SW. This is a high glossy black LCD. You can fall in love by seeing its beauty. First of all lets see the technical specs of this monitor.
- Screen Size: 22″
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Brightness: 300cd/m²
- Contrast Ratio: 1000 : 1
- Response Time: 5 ms
- Viewing Angle: 170˚/160˚ (CR > 10)
- Power Consumption: 40 Watts (Typical)
- Video Signal: Analog (D-sub), DVI
So now, lets start the review.
By looking at the technical specifications of Samsung 2233 SW, we can say the specifications are overall good.
Design wise also, its looking very good. It has a very slim design, space saving and looks very gorgeous. The sides of Samsung 2233SW has a smooth glossy finish. The whole panel stands on a glossy piano finish stand. I should say here, I had some trouble fitting the stand to the panel. Assembling the whole monitor could take your 1 hour. What I was doing wrong was, I was not applying force. I have seen some people remove the rubber from the stand and then connect, I say refrain from doing this. Don’t remove the rubber from the stand. Just apply a little force and it should fit. This stand will not allow you to swivel, it will just tilt.
As you can see in the picture, the back of this monitor has flowery design. So if this monitor is placed in some place like the reception, it will be a very good showpiece. This monitor has DVI and D-sub (VGA) ports for connectivity. In the right hand side, there are menu buttons. It has a auto adjust button, brightness, contrast, etc buttons. Just press the menu button and do settings as you like. Some special features are also included like Samsung’s own proprietary MagicBright, Image Size, Color Effect, MagicTune, etc. This LCD has a blue LED light, that indicates its ON.
Lets come to the performance front. This monitor wins here also. I played a Full HD movie, on analog connection (D-Sub), the picture quality was very sharp. I don’t find any ghosting or bleeding issues during games also. Well, afterall 5 ms response time helps here. However, I do noticed slight backlight bleeding in dark background. I noticed it when I switched off my CPU, and it says “No Signal”.One more thing I would like to mention here. Before Windows starts loading, I get this message everytime “Not Optimum Resolution -> Set it to 1920 X 1080 @ 60hz” . So if you’re going to tinker in BIOS, this message will keep on popping up, till Windows starts loading.
Now something to gamers. “Gamers” , you’ll need a good graphics card to play games on this LCD. Because you’ll be playing it in 1920 x 1080 resolution. I recommend minimum ATI HD 4850. Don’t go for anything lower than this, and forget about 9600 GT also. If you prefer Nvidia, then you can go for 9800 GT. That should be the minimum. And I am not joking here.
Now lets discuss about pricing. Samsung 2233 SW costs 9200 INR (with tax). I bought it for 10,500 but now it costs 9200. Its available for 200 $ on newegg . So if you’re thinking to go High Definition, then certainly you can go for this one.Do note that a DVI cable does not comes bundled with this monitor. You’ll need it to buy separately. And don’t forget to install drivers which comes in the CD with the packaging.
This monitor doesn’t have HDMI. But the DVI connector supports HDCP for exceptional HD performance.
- A very good VFM (value for money).
- Good looking
- Good color reproduction
- No HDMI
- Slight backlight bleeding (Viewable only in very dark background)
- Stand is somewhat hard to fit (Who needs to fit it everynow and then, its just a onetime process)
- No bundled DVI cable.
Thats it. You can say, this is a review by a user. Do let me know in the comments about what you think about this LCD monitor.