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      19.03.2011 22:28

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      Great monitor, outdated, don't buy full price for new.

      This is a great monitor.
      Ever since I purchased it I have played all my games and movies in great quality.
      This has everything a great monitor needs, great refresh time, good contrast ratio and the thing looks very nice on the outside too :).
      The monitor is just plug in and play and works out the box.
      The monitor comes with both VGA and DVI cables and plugs into computers with both.
      The auto adjust feature works very well and the menu's are well set out.
      The monitor doesn't adjust very well, as it doesn't tilt up and down easily and the viewing angles aren't the best as if the monitor is on a higher desk and you are viewer from across the room it'll be slightly dark.
      I am currently looking the 1-2 more for a dual monitor setups as i like these so much.
      They look nice and don't mess up easily :)
      Great monitor but don't buy new for full price as you will be able to get a better monitor for cheaper now.

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      18.11.2010 13:45
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      Fantastic

      Around a year ago, my parents upgraded their home computer, and they decided to gift me their old monitor - which happened to be this Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW.

      I was absolutely delighted - and I think, in order to understand my instant love of this monitor, you should perhaps know what I was working with before - an 8 year old, 15 inch, CRT monitor that had, at one point, been a gleaming white, but that was now decidedly beige, and covered in stickers applied by daughter . The thing was an eyesore - and it didn't work that brilliantly either, with loose cables causing a constant flicker on the screen, and with a few dead pixels, not to mention that it weighed a ton (not literally, I think the actual weight was around 15 kilos) and my poor computer desk was showing signs of great strain.

      So, going on from this basis,(and bearing in mind that I'm something of a PC gamer) it shouldn't be surprising at all that I was happy to take my parents considerably more modern monitor off their hands. Luckily, my dad is one of those fellas that keeps all the instruction booklets for any electronic device he buys (I don't understand why, he never actually reads them) so when it came to setting this up, I had a good idea of what I needed to do.

      After smashing my old monitor to bits with a lump hammer, setting fire to it, burying it, and then dancing on the grave, I was ready to start setting up the new one- and it really was incredibly simple, you simply had to slot the monitor into the stand, as it comes in parts, which was an easy process, though it did require a little pushing and poking. After that, it was a matter of plugging it in via VGA port (DVI is also offered) at the back of my PC and then watching with awe as the world took on colour . I didn't need to use the driver disk at any point, it really was as simple as plug and play .

      And play I did - booting up my favourite PC game, I marvelled at the clarity of the images on the LCD display - the colours were bright and fresh, and the significantly wider screen meant that even without my glasses, text was big enough and clear enough to read. Despite my parents having had this for two years before I got it, there wasn't a dead pixel to be found. The response time of the monitor and 2ms is very fast, with no lagging or blurring during any games I've played on it, allowing me to really soak up every detail.

      Browsing online was also a joy, with websites looking clearer and less cluttered due to the bigger screen, and the overall brightness being a joy to my eyes . There is no bleeding or leaking of colours, and no visible flickering or banding. I even use this monitor to watch DVD's, particularly wide screen DVD's that look rubbish on my telly, and it is perfect for the job.

      The wideness of the screen also made a lot of my word documet work easier, with me being able to display two documents side by side for comparison, rather than having to keep switching back and forth between the two .

      Of course, the sheer sexiness of the monitor itself is also something to delight in - a sleek glossy piano black rim surrounds the 22 inch viewable area, with curved corners and very minimal buttons . In fact, just the one button in the bottom right, which when the monitor is on, glows with a bright blue light (the brightness of of which can be adjusted should it offend your eyes).

      The monitor is easy to position on it's stand, having plenty of scope for tilting up or down, however there is no option to pivot from side to side, or to adjust the height of the monitor, and tilting up and down does seem a little wobbly. The light weight of just 5kg means that, should I need to move this around, it's not a backbreaking effort to do so.

      Adjustments to settings can be made using the well hidden (in fact, almost impossible to find) tiny buttons at the bottom of the screen. These are a bit of a gripe - I do like that the buttons are tucked out of sight, but still within easy reach, however, the images designed to depict what each of these button do are not clear, and require some squinting on my part in order to decipher them. Through this small bank of buttons though, I can easily change the settings of the brightness, colours, and even the language the monitor menu is in .To be honest, I'm not very technical, so leave any such adjustments to my fella, but he never seems to have any troubles.

      I have not included a lot of technical detail in my review, as I'm not a technical person and don't rabbit on about stuff I don't understand. I've included a link at the end of this review for those wanting a full specification list .

      The one small downside to this monitor in my opinion is that the glossy black edges just don't stay glossy for long in a house with a child, and I'm forever polishing them up . I love this monitor - it's attractive, with a good viewing area and crystal clear images . It currently retails for around £120 -£170, and it is certainly worth looking around to save a few pennies.

      Recommended - 4 stars, one off for the wobbly stand .

      Full specs can be found here : http://tinyurl.com/33yybjn

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      03.11.2010 14:27
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      Buy this monitor if you are in the market for a new one

      This monitor is a neat little thing (well, not tiny obviously!) and doesn't disappoint. Samsung have struck onto a winner here and I am sure they know it. This screen will fit into a number of different markets; the gamers, families, people who watch a lot of videos on the web, gadget lovers and people who like something to not only work, but look attractive as well. This is an all-rounder, even if the price is a little bit steep. I bought this monitor a few months ago and paid £180 for it. I believe you can pay anywhere between £150-£230 for it depending on where you go, so shop around before committing to buying it. Maybe even consider looking for it second hand, although I am not a fan of this for monitors. I prefer the crisp, clean feel of a new monitor in my house.

      The bezel has a glossed black effect on it and is very attractive. There are curved edges which make a change from the usual sharp corners of many monitors. On the bottom right you will find the silver power switch which is lit by a blue light. Very sleek and well designed. The material is smooth to the touch and overall the monitor looks very modern. In addition, to make it even more modern, it is wall mountable. This is easy and straight forward to do if you are used to doing these kind of tasks. If you aren't, get an experienced friend to do it because the last thing you want is to put it up and to have it crashing down. I shuddered while thinking about that. If you want to keep it on its stand then that is fine too, you can't adjust the height but you can rotate it and tilt it.

      With the rise of HD and Blu-Ray, it would be great if all monitors came as standard as HDCP compatible. Alas, this is not the case. But this is the case with this screen. As much as there is no HDMI connector, you can get a converter which will do the job. It's just great to at least have the option to do that. So many monitors don't have that, which adds an extra star to this one. Personally, I think we will see many more HDCP compatible computer screens in the future and hopefully this will become standard.

      There are a number of different colour/contrast buttons well placed on the screen. There are more than you would expect. You can boost the colour, find out the different effects you can have, choose a colour tone theme, sharpness and manual changes. In addition, you can also set the colour for the task you are doing; game, sport, movie, dynamic, internet, text and custom. This is what makes the monitor user friendly. Anyone can set their monitor for what they are doing, rather than doing it manually. These automatic options make it easier for the user to choose.

      Now, the most important part, how does the screen look when it is on? How will your movies look? Perfect. Images are sharp and colours vibrant, as you would expect. In addition, as you would expect from a high spec monitor, the dark areas of a movie for example are not blurry or difficult to see as with some monitors. You can see any details, for example if the movie shows someone in a dark cave you can see the reflection of the water on the damp cave walls rather than just a blurry darkness. Whatever your light conditions, this monitor will not disappoint you. It has been built to be used whether your lights are bright or if you live in a dark cave (which has electricity of course!).

      Overall, a winning monitor.

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      25.10.2010 16:06

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      Good screen, able to use it with computer and consoles if needed. Would buy another one.

      I got this monitor for around £190 about a year and a half ago. Great purchase, very happy with it so far.

      At first I was surprised at the size, was larger than I imagined. I soon got used to the size and wouldn't go for a smaller monitor now.

      The picture is clear and is great for watching a DVD, playing on the Xbox or browsing the web.

      The quality is good and I haven't had any faults with it so far. It seems like it will last a long time.

      The stand was a little awkward to fit when I first got it, this isn't a massive issue though. Another small issue is that the screen doesn't tilt forward, so when I had it positioned above my line of height it didn't offer the best viewing angle so I moved it. It would have been nice if it was able to pivot forward.

      I am considering buying another one for a duel screen setup, as I know it is a reliable product.

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      13.07.2009 12:52

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      A monitor that still wows me

      I love this monitor! I bought it at Curry's when it was on offer for £190 and it's a purchase I do not regret. Before it, I had a 15" 4:3 monitor, which now seems very small in comparison.

      Widescreen monitors are now becoming mainstream in all markets and it brings benefits even to the average computer user. This 22" beast is huge and allows you to see separate pages side by side, for example. This will be especially useful for the new Windows 7 OS, which allows you to drag windows to the corner to fill half the screen.

      It's also fantastic for watching films, but remember that this monitor is 16:10 as opposed to 16:9. That's fine for me because it is the best ratio for everyday tasks, but if you want to use it primarily for watching films, there will always be small black banners (in addition to any banners the film has). It's important to have a decent monitor now if you want to make use of services such as iPlayer and Sky Player.

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      02.07.2009 09:18
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      A Very Good Computer Monitor at a Reasonable Price

      This is a very good computer monitor in my opinion.

      I originally bought this to go with a new DELL computer as I wanted to use it as a television in my back room. I have not been disappointed with my purchase.

      The Monitor itself has a 22 inch screen which doesn't suffer from any glare whatsoever even when placed near the window. The picture is crisp and never seems to lag with its exceptionally fast response time. It makes the movies I watch look amazing. It is styled in the classic Samsung mould and looks a bit like a shiny black pebble with its sexy curved corners.

      This is simply a computer monitor. If I had to renew it I would possibly get one with a built in TV card and speaker as this monitor has neither.

      In short, if you need to buy a computer monitor and want to use it simply as a computer monitor then I would highly recommend this one. If you are looking for a monitor with lots of additional features then I would possibly leave it.

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      15.06.2009 01:37
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      Fantastic monitor - and very reasonably priced.

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      I bought the Samsung Syncmaster 2232BW just over a year ago now. I had recently upgraded my PC and felt I deserved a top quality LCD widescreen monitor to complete the package.

      A friend of mine actually recommended the monitor to me (even though he hadn't got one himself, he had only ever heard good things about it) so i took the plunge and ordered one. I had been warned that in transit LCD monitors can be damaged and arrive with 'dead' pixels but the monitor arrived in tip-top condition.

      As i had ordered the monitor over the internet this was the first time I had seen it 'in the flesh' - and I was very impressed. The slick black glossy finish is smart and the on/off button with the blue LCD light, a perfect finishing touch. This monitor oozes style.

      I can't say i'm the most technical of people but give me a set of instructions and I'm usually (!) ok. I really need not have worried about it though, I had the monitor connected and up and running in no time at all - I was stunned by how quickly my old monitor had been dispersed of!

      The 1680 x 1050 resolution is perfect and the colours simply knock you out. I can't fault the sharpness of the screen or how easy it is to tweak settings. The monitor also has analogue and digital output which is an excellent additional feature.

      As an regular player of online PC games like Call Of Duty, i really noticed the difference when I changed to this monitor. The graphics were much clearer making gameplay so much easier.

      I have not had one problem with this monitor in the time that I have had it and it is used every day of the week without fail.

      I would have no hesitation in recommending this monitor to anyone interested in changing their current set up. The Samsung Syncmaster 2232BW not only looks good but its picture quality is second to none.

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      20.10.2008 19:35
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      A very good monitor for a very reasonable price

      I paid £159 for this 22" widescreen monitor from Samsung. The 2232BW looks absolutely superb in its glossy black finish. It really looks like one of their bigger LCD televisions (which I also own), so buying one for my computer was an easy choice to make.

      The resolution of 1680 x 1050 is ideal, as it matches my iMac display, which this monitor sits next to. The brightness is 300cd/m, you can get higher, but this is OK. 320-340 is what I call paper white, so this is a little off-white, but plenty bright enough. The contrast of 1000:1 is also pretty good. When I watch the occasional movie you can see that blacks and very deep whilst still retaining some good detail.

      The response time is quoted as 2ms (GTG). This is how fast the pixels respond to changes. So for fast action sports and games this is essential. I have seen no smearing of graphics at all, so pleased on this front too. The viewing angle (Horizontal/Vertical) is quoted at 170˚/170˚ which is also very good. If my kids sit to one side of the screen watching something with me, they can see the colours accurately, so tops marks here.

      There is both an analog input (D-SUB) and a digital (DVI-D) input. I use the latter and get a crisp, colourful image. Colours seem very true and I have calibrated it via software, and the difference from when it comes out of the box is amazing, so well worth doing this if you can.

      Sizes (from the Samsung website)
      (With stand, WxHxD) 517 x 419 x 210mm
      (Without Stand, WxHxD) 517 x 372 x 70mm
      Product Weight 4.95kg

      Why you would remove the stand I do not know, as you cannot mount this on the wall. Other than that it is a very good monitor for a very reasonable price.

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        28.08.2008 21:32
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        Find a better one if you can!

        This is quite simply one of the best monitors i have ever had the pleasure of being able to use. Before you even turn the screen on its stunning just to look at and would complement any room it is placed into. Once its turned on its perfect for pretty much any tast you can think of doing on a computer. It will go up to 1680 x 1050 resolution and is very high quality, especially if you use the DVI socket rather than the VGA, although it does come with both. The only small critisism is that the stand was a little fiddly to put toegther and took a bit of force to assemble, which isnt great because no one wants to break a brand new monitor because of silly stand! After this its brilliant! I can see me keeping this for quite some time, unless samsung provide us with a bigger screened version!

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        25.07.2008 18:11

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        All in all, a good monitor, though a bit fiddly to put together to start with, it is well worth it!

        This monitor is quite simply one of the best monitors I have ever bought for a computer! With a response time of 2ms, it's perfect for gaming and for watching DVDs, as well as editing photographs in intricate detail. It will go up to 1680 x 1050 resolution and is very high quality, especially if you use the DVI socket rather than the VGA, although it does come with both. The monitor itself is surprisingly light, and it can be easily tilted to suit the user.

        If the monitor had speakers in it, it would be perfect!

        The stand was a bit fiddly to put together, with the instructions not being very helpful either. There were no words, just pictures which didn't really explain it properly.

        Other than that I have not had any problems at all with it, and it is well worth the price for such a major brand.

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        24.02.2008 18:53
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        Affordable Decent TFT Monitor

        The Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW is the latest in Samsung's TFT monitors range and looks great. The monitor has a smooth design to it and beautiful curves which isn't common with TFT's. Samsung have made the design similar to there HD LCD TV's which is a step in the right direction for sure.

        Setting up the monitor wasn't as simple as I thought it would be. I was a bit surprised that the stand didn't immediately click into the rubber slot of the actual monitor. It took some encouragement to get it to click into place. After I got that out of the way I powered the monitor and inserted the software provided into the PC and simply followed the instruction wizard, which I should add is very simple. This configures the monitor to how you want it, brightness, resolution etc.

        Specification and Features:

        - 22in widescreen TFT
        - 1,680 x 1,050 resolution
        - 2ms response time
        - 300cd/m2 brightness
        - 1,000:1 contrast ratio
        - DVI-D with HDCP
        - VGA
        - Natural Colour Pro software utility
        - 2yr RTB warranty
        - 517(W) x 210(D) x 419(H) mm
        - Weight 5kg.

        Overall the Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW is a decent TFT monitor; with a large 22inch widescreen display you can't really go wrong. I've used it for general use, gaming and watching movies. The fast 2ms response rate is very good for gaming and also delivers a sharp clear picture when watching movies. The monitor doesn't have USB hubs or integrated speakers, most monitors don't nowadays as its much better to plug in your own sound. The monitor is very versatile in its use, I recommend it and costs under £200.

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        The design winning 2232BW with its fast response time and its rich imagery capabilities provides not only a monitor with superior performance but also a stylish addition to your home or business office.