I've owned the Samsung 226BW since it was first launced, and can safely say it's the best monitor i've owned to date.
It has a super fast refresh rate of 2ms meaning you get a very good picture quality and no 'lag' whilst using the computer - it makes viewing videos particularly crisp!
The monitor hosts both a VGA and DVI input, meaning you can plug two devices into it and switch between the two by merely pressing the 'source' button on the front of the monitor. I have my PC and my Xbox 360 connected up and it is an excellent set up being able to switch between the two.
The monitor has 720p/1080i high definition (HD) and provides stunning graphics, it does not however support 1080p high def (which is often known as 'full HD'), this is why I have only rated it 'good' for picture quality, though it is often said you cannot tell the difference between 1080p and 720p on monitors of below 32 inchs.
At £139.99 you would have to search far and wide to find a product of higher quality - very reccommended!
A 22 inch monitor is usually considered pretty large and it definitely feels different after using a 15" one. Gone are the days of resizing your windows to fit on the screen, you can simply have both of them opened at the same time. I didn't want to dual screen because it takes up too much room and I'd rather have one large quality monitor. I usually always choose Samsung for monitors/TVs with the odd exception but you can guarantee a solid and quality product with Samsung.
It has a 2ms response time which means no ghosting which can otherwise be a problem. One thing I did notice which was easily fixed, was that when watching a movie there was clouding (backlight is visible) in dark scenes or when the screen is black. To fix this, you simply have to lower the backlight setting. Stores tend to crank all settings up to make screens look bright and vivid but this usually has a negative effect on the picture.
You can connect your devices via DVI or VGA. Unfortunately it does not have HDMI but I have an Xbox 360 VGA cable so use this for Halo 3 now as well. It's a very good monitor and definitely worth the price as it is more than just a PC monitor.
It has a very slim design and a nice blue LED power button. The screen angle can be changed and the stand is pretty stable but you can't change the vertical height. I don't see why you really would need to though.
This was a must-buy monitor for individuals looking for a high quality, well thought of display without having to pay through the nose. Unfortunately during the first years of production, some LCD manufacture was outsourced to AOC and CMO while some was kept in-house at Samsung. This meant that during those times there were some okay screens and some amazing screens all sold under the same model number and brand.
It is now very difficult to tell which monitors carry which screens (it used to be as simple as looking at the model number of the reverse of the screen) but all of them are of good quality, with S-type (Samsung LCD) being of superior quality.
The actual monitor itself has a very good build quality, attractive design and numerous useful functions such as dual input. I use this feature to connect my PC via DVI and my Xbox using VGA which allows me to bounce between the two displays with one press of the source button on the monitor itself.
As a little annoyance, there's a rather bright blue LED behind the power button, which flashes on and off once all input to the monitor has been cut. It makes it difficult to ignore if you turn off input and try to sleep in the same room as it. Then again, it forces you to take it off standby mode and thus save the planet.
When you take the monitor out the box you are instantly taken aback by how big it is, particularly if you're upgrading from a smaller monitor. At 22", the monitor is big enough to open two full documents side-by-side on screen. It's very stylish, but isn't overstated, and boasts a particularly attractive blue LED-backed power button.
From a practical perspective, the 226BW was easy to assemble, plug in, and configure. It's possible to adjust tilt and rotate the screen, but it does suffer from a lack of vertical height adjustment.
The most important aspect of any monitor is the quality with which it displays an image, and in this respect, the 226BW is excellent. When using the DVI input the colours are sharp, crisp, and there is no noticeable ghosting on DVDs/HD films. One strong criticism would be a noticeable back light bleed at the top and bottom edges, which presents itself strongly when watching a film with black bars.
The SyncMaster 226BW is only really done justice when plugged into a DVI output, but it still performs well with an AVI connection. The adjustable options include a wide variety of elements, and the auto-adjust function is surprisingly good.
The monitor is good value for money, performs well, and has very few negatives associated with it. If it included vertical height adjustment and the back light bleed wasn't so strong, it would be almost perfect.
Absolutely great monitor, excellent for watching movies, playing games and just about anything. I also use it for my xbox 360.
The first thing I noticed about this monitor was the clarity of the colours. The colours are so vibrant and really enhance the experience for playing games and watching movies.
I use this monitor mainly for my pc, but I have also connected my Xbox 360 with the Xbox 360 VGA cable. I was really impressed with the quality of my Xbox 360 on this monitor. Everything is in full HD and looks amazing. When I play my xbox 360 on my HD TV I really miss the colours that I get with the monitor.
The only slight downside is the stand that holds the monitor is a bit basic and not the best I have seen. It does the job fine though and keeps the whole thing pretty compact on a desk.
As always I think Samsung continue to manufacture some of the best displays that are out there and this screen is no exception. It has an amazingly fast 2ms response time which means no ghosting or anything you might get with other LCD displays.
One of the best monitors in this price range I have laid my eyes on.
I bought this monitor as a replacement for my 17" Viewsonic monitor, and I couldn't be happier. I am not an expert when it comes to computers, but I decided that I wanted a larger widescreen monitor with little or no fuss in setting up. I can't begin to explain how imressive the thing looked as I took it out of the box, I guess being that i was upgrading from a 17", the monitor looked more like a 32" tv!
The monitor has a stylish, sleek black design, as we've come to expect from Samsung, and it looks great. The picture quality is absolutely stunning, although it did take a bit of tweaking to geth the resolution right, being that the monitor has a resolution ratio of 1680 x 1050. Set up was easy, had it up and running within 5 minutes.
Overall, I couldn't be happier with this monitor, which in my opinion was fairly reasonably priced. When it comes to Monitors, Samsung certainly know what they are doing!
I just bought this monitor from Ebuyer and I must say it does have the WOW factor, straight out the box. Samsung have really pushed the boat out with this monitor. It has a native resolution of 1680 x 1050, 2ms response time, 15 pin and DVI connections. As far as I can see, no dead pixels. Samsung have kept the frame of the monitor very thin so it looks very stylish on the desk. The picture quality whilst watching DVDs is bright and crisp. Definately recommended if you are looking for a new monitor around the £200 mark.
In my opinion the 226BW is a great buy for anyone who wants a stylish big screen, and its performance will easily satisfy most users. An attractive bonus is that Samsung supplies an industry-standard three-year parts-and-labor warranty, which also covers the backlight. Toll-free tech support is also available for the life of the display.
One design flaw is the screens stand, this can be adjusted to tilit or swivel but isn't height-adjustable.
The 226BW has both analog D-sub and Digital Visual Interface (DVI) ports. The DVI input supports High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), which lets you watch protected high-definition content when using the monitor with Windows Vista. Samsung includes both analog/D-sub and DVI cables with the monitor.
Some facts and figures for the technical minded:
Contrast Ratio (X:1): 3000
DVI Interface: Yes
Dot Pitch in mm: 0.28
Horizontal Frequency in KHz: 81
Horizontal Resolution in Pixel: 1680
Reflection Angle: 160
Response Time in ms: 2
Screen Format: 16:10
Screen Size in Inches: 22
Signal Input: D-Sub 15 Poles + DVI-D
Vertical Frequency in Hz: 75
Vertical Resolution in Pixel: 1050
When I connected my Xbox 360 up I was very happy with its perfomance, and therefore a strong recommendation for this product along with its stylish design.