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A few years back when our PC monitor stopped working we were on a look out for a reliable PC monitor that was reasonably priced and had a HD Display. After some searching around we managed to get this Samsung Syncmaster T220 Monitor on sale for around £200 which at the time was a great bargain as it was reduced from £350. Having a search online it is hard to find this Samsung Monitor model on online stores, but I managed to find a couple for sale on eBay priced from £100-300; however they do vary in condition etc.
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*Screen size: 22" Wide
*Brightness: 300 cd/m2
*Contrast Ratio: DC 20000:1 (2000:1) (Typ.)
*Response Time: 2ms
*Viewing Angle (H/V): 170°/160° (CR>10)
*Color Supported: 16.7M
*Video Signal: Analog RGB, DVI, HDMI, Component , TV (Digital TV/Analog TV)
*Sync. Signal: Separate H/V, Composite
*Connector: 15pin D-SUB, DVI-D, 2HDMI, Component, DTV Tuner, Optical Out, Scart, Cl Slot
*Power consumption: 58Watts (max)
*Stand by Power (DPMS): <2W
*Plug & Play: DDC 2B
*USB powered hub option: No
*Mac compatibility: Yes
*Multimedia Speakers: 3W x 2Ch (SRS TruSurround XT)
*Special Features: Built-in DTV (DVB) Tuner, SRS TruSurround XT, Optical digital sound (SPDIF), Component, HDMIX2, Supporting 1080P Input, CI Slot
*Dimensions: (WxHxD mm): 520x441.5x215
*Stand Type: Simple
*Function: Tilt, Swivel
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Design & Main Features
The monitor screen is a decent size measuring 22 inches, and has a nice square widescreen shape that has a black glossy plastic finish. The monitor has a red glow tint that is evident at the bottom area of the frame boarder. The clear frame is also made from glass and looks far from cheap due to the red colour glow which blends into the black colour giving it a nice modern attractive look to the monitor. The Monitor comes with a swivel stand that is attached to the base of the monitor. The monitor is HD ready, has integrated speakers which are hidden on sides of the monitor. The Monitor also has integrated tuner so you can watch freeview channels, so it is basically a TV and monitor in one!
What Comes With The Monitor
The monitor does not come with instructions and instead comes supplied with a software CD that contains the instructions, I personally would have preferred actual paper instructions, but thankfully it was simple enough to set-up so I hardly needed to look at the instructions on the CD. It comes with a remote control which includes batteries, a DVI cable, VGA cable and plug power lead.
The Size and Base Stand
The monitor measures approx 520 mm wide, 441 mm in height and 215 mm in depth. This makes it perfect for fitting onto our already small sized computer desk, as it is relatively thin in size and has and even smaller convenient base stand. The stand is simple to attach onto the base of the monitor which just requires a firm push into place. The monitor can be tilted and swivelled easily, which is great as my older one was very stiff to tilt and required a lot of effort. The swivel feature makes it easy to view at all angles, and is ideal when you have a number of people wanting to view the monitor at the same time.
The monitor has a number of connection sockets including 15pin D-SUB, DVI-D, Component, DTV Tuner, Optical Out, Scart, Cl Slot as well as 2 HDMI sockets which is great if you want to use this as a TV as well as it can be connected to a gaming console, a bluray device or any other device requiring HDMI connection. The HDMI sockets basically mean allows viewing of High definition content from such devices. I personally use this just as a PC monitor, but if I ever needed a replacement TV I could easily use this as a spare one if needed.
It displays excellent 1050p full HD pictures on this screen, which is noticeable especially if you're watching online videos or playing games, or just surfing the web. The colours are vivid, and resolution crystal clear, and I could really tell the difference between this monitor and our old non HD monitor. The set up is a piece of cake and just requires the desired connections to be inserted into the correct slots and then switch the power button which is located on both the monitor and on the remote and it is read to use. We didn't read to adjust any of the setting as the default settings seemed perfect for us.
The remote control is also easy enough to use and allows simple switching between freeview mode, PC mode etc with a click of a button. All the buttons you need are located on the remote, but the monitor also displays a couple of important frequent use buttons such as power and volume buttons etc. I found it very easy to get use to the features and controls, and hardly needed to look at the instructions as the buttons are clearly labelled.
The speakers are integrated into the monitor and are small in size, which is ideal as it meant we didn't have to fork out extra on external speakers which would also take up more room on our already small computer desk. The sound quality is good, but not excellent, it is perfect if you are sitting right in front of it, which to be honest is what we do as we use it as our main PC monitor, however if you were using it as TV for a large room then the sound probably wouldn't be as audible.
The integrated free view tuner is easy to set up and use and just requires a quick glance at the manual on the software CD and it basically does the tuning automatically. I rarely watch the free view channels, as I use this just for basic PC function, however on the occasion when I did watch a few channels, it looked relatively clear and was easy to find enough to find a good enough signal. Compared to our main TV however, it doesn't display crystal clear free view channels but the main channels are still watch able.
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All in all this is great Monitor/TV that has full HD, comes with number of connection options and is easy to set up and use. The quality is excellent and for £200 I am more than happy with this purchase.
~ Samsung SyncMaster T220 ~
The SyncMaster T220 is a 22'' (55 cm) wide TFT-LCD screen monitor by Samsung. The monitor comes in a black/rose colour combination and the display screen has a very high resolution of up to 1680x1050 pixels which is WSXGA+ (Wide Super Extended Graphics Array).
The display area has dimensions 473.76 mm in the horizontal direction and 296.1 mm vertically. The monitor stands on an oval shaped base with black finish. The screen can move backwards for about 30 degrees in order to be adjusted to the optimum position for the user, but it can't be raised or lowered vertically.
The monitor features a 2ms response time. The response time indicates how long it takes for the LCD pixel to change from black to white and back to black again. Therefore it shows how fast it can display moving images so that the picture doesn't get blurry while watching DVDs or when playing games. The 20000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (luminosity ratio) is excellent and the black in the pictures doesn't become grey when it's dark. You also get very bright whites on the display and the pictures look very natural and clear with sharp details.
The screen settings can be easily adjusted from the side control buttons of the monitor. There are 5 buttons for easy access and navigation in the menu. From the control buttons you can adjust the brightness, the contrast, the colour tone and balance, the sharpness etc. Additionally, there are some quick options that allow the user to select the adjusted image settings of the screen and achieve the best display experience when playing games, browsing the web, watching sports, movies etc. or create a customised mode manually.
The monitor has all the connection ports on the back. It has a power port, analog VGA and DVI inputs.
Finally, the monitor has a low power function for energy saving in the standby mode and it runs at 0.3 Watts when it's not in use so it's very efficient. It doesn't consume a lot of electricity because according to Samsung, the monitor has a built-in power management system that switches the monitor to a low-power mode when it is not used.
The monitor is made in Hungary and it comes with a 36 months guarantee.
~ The design ~
The design of the monitor is gorgeous. The black frame is made from clear plastic and it has deep red highlights at the bottom part. The design of the monitor is modern, with nice a sleek and glossy finish. The edges of the frame are slightly curved at the top and bottom while the side parts are designed as straight lines. The back side of the monitor is also slightly curved inwards. The light gray Samsung logo is placed on the front of the frame and below the display screen and the model name and specifications are also printed on the top right and left corners. The monitor stands on an oval shaped base with the same shiny black finish.
The power button is placed on the bottom right corner of the screen and it's actually a heat sensitive control button which is activated by gently rubbing your finger over it.
~ My opinion ~
I bought this screen in 2010 for my desktop unit and it works perfectly so far. Since I don't have a TV in my bedroom I use my PC to watch movies and this screen is the best that I've had so far. It's wide enough, with very good picture quality for DVD playback, accurate and vivid colours and clear display. You can adjust the colours the way you like from the side buttons or just use one of the pre-settings for the purpose that you want to use it for.
The installation of the monitor stand and the setup process of the screen to the PC is very easy and fast.
It's a big monitor and there is a lot of space on the screen to work on multiple document or application tabs at the same time. I would recommend this monitor for use at home and at the office. The 22'' display screen and the high resolution is ideal for working on programs, playing games, browsing the web and watching movies.
The design looks great and the red line at the bottom of the black clear glass frame adds colour to this simple and beautiful frame. However, the glossy finish of the monitor gets dirty easily with dust and fingerprints and it needs regular cleaning with a dust cloth.
~ Disadvantages ~
* The monitor can become a little unstable because of the oval base if I accidentally shake my desk.
* There is no web cam or USB ports on the screen. It doesn't have built-in speakers so I have connected the speakers separately.
* I have also noticed that when you look at the screen from a lower angle the display colours become dark.
The monitor comes with all the accessories and cables required to setup and connect it to the PC. It includes some useful printed documents such as the Quick Setup Guide, the warranty card, a CD -ROM with the User's guide and the monitor driver, the Signal Cable and the power cord. The setup guide shows how the monitor should be connected to the base and the cables in steps accompanied by detailed images and instructions.
~ Availability and Price ~
I purchased this monitor for around £150. It's a model of 2008 and it has now been discontinued by Samsung. However, some used items are still available to buy on ebay.co.uk at much lower prices (starting from less than £50).
~ Conclusion ~
Overall, it's a good performance monitor with fast response times and a great aesthetic design.
_This review is also published on ciao under my username "sweetybi"_
Boy am I glad to own one of these. If I had to put up with all the other LCD screens I see every day on the work run, I'd have to lift all my information through comparitively fluffy, fuzzy and dull monitors. 2 years on from initial purchase, as my first ever LCD screen the Samsung has earned a bit of brand loyalty. Chosen with pre-researched popular opinion taken on board, I'm glad to now pass on my own praises for a great premium screen.
Unpacking the Syncmaster from it's carry-handle box brings to attention how large 22 inches really is in display terms. Beautifully clad in a partially transparent, curvy shell. Stylishly adorned with a subtle gradient of red colouring emanating from the bottom lip. In fact, the more observations I make the more it sounds like a full-blown premium television design scaled down for desk use, in that the attention to design evident in Samsung's large screens does indeed extend to their computer accessories too. Instead of looking boring and business-like, we get affluent and presentable - qualities which can serve both the home and the business. Speaking of style concerns, there's only one button on the front face and that isn't a traditional push-button but is instead operated by touch. Swiping your finger across the tiny white power symbol is all it really takes to switch off and on. Whilst it lacks the physical feedback, I find using it to be a rare occasion over just powering off at the plug. So, until it's time to switch off for the night, a soft orange glow seemingly 'bakes' the button to indicate power on. There are certainly no distracting exposed LEDs or garish backlit buttons on display. Attention to subtle detail and design such as this shows that you don't lose any form when choosing function.
At first, the way the metal-backed stand didn't sit perfectly flush to the rest of the screen had me downright confused. Confused enough, actually, to make me think I'd been supplied a duff component and was about to do some wholesale metal grinding until I took one last look at the instruction manual and realised that it's not meant to be perfectly flush. Although the stand and screen were solid and sat perfectly stable on the desk, the 2-3mm protrusion was enough to throw me off-course a bit. Call off the DIY squad - it's seemingly by design, allaying my fears. Proof enough, I can bolt my fairly strong force-feedback steering wheel to the same bit of wood my screen is perched and I do not witness a Rolf-Harris approved wobble-fest when playing my beloved racing simulations.
When fine-tuning the display of the Samsung you've got 5 buttons tucked behind the front bezel, on the right hand side. Pressing the top one, 'menu', will bring up an on-screen directory which also indicates what each button is so that you can do just about anything without needing to physically see them. All the standard settings such as brightness and contrast are present, and as I speak mine are sitting in the mid-range. Rather than some other monitors which sit at the high-end of the brightness/contrast spectrum, this can sit in the middle with plenty of maneuvering room either way. However there are many more extras to explore, such as 'MagicBright', which contains a few presets to change the baseline settings of the brightness and contrast - of which one will surely suit you. RGB settings are there, of course, and 'MagicColor' offers limited presets if you don't want to manually define the tones of the display. Colour tones and effects are available to play with, including 'warmth' tones or 'grayscale' and 'sepia' - though just as they are to be played with, they're admittedly not much more than toys and serve no real use that I have witnessed yet. Gamma, sharpness and even the brightness of the little power button glow I described earlier can be adjusted. There's a lot in this monitor that a user can influence if they really want to. Most are fire-and-forget settings but it's important for a premium monitor to have a large range of customisation. What may seem fine for me may be dull and underlit for you, and vice versa - but no matter, for you're covered regardless of preference.
So, at 22 inches, it's no tamagotchi. Enough for a native resolution of 1680x1050, you will find that nothing ever looks undefined unless it's by design. This monitor is my weapon of choice for browsing and editing large photographs and images in Photoshop and working on colourful, graphical projects by eye. I also play my fair share of games with this screen and find it to be the crispest, most pronounced image I've ever had. The matt-effect screen itself is a crucial design choice for eliminating reflections and sunlight from bleaching image, making it friendly for use in a bright room. Gloss-finish screens found with some other manufacturers may look nice sat in the corner of the room, but are less user-friendly when actually being used due to reflecting anything and everything back at you. At night, the LCD is of high enough quality to remain pin-sharp even when displaying very bright text on a dark background. Older LCD's seemed to be washed out in my opinion, and is one of the reasons I held off so long getting one myself - the apprehensions turned out to be totally unfounded from day one of ownership of the Syncmaster. From high quality videos and pictures in the day to dark and drab survival horror games in a dark room at night, In all types of games and videos the Syncmaster brings a 2 dimensional image as close to 3 dimensional as can be done, simply through the brilliant reproduction of constrast and colour. If I absolutely had to draw upon an apt and well-used phrase, it's that this screen is pixel perfect every time.
As a product, it's a job well done. When someone wants a recommendation for a screen with a certain spark, Samsung will ever get my vote. Unfaltered for pictures, video, text, games, colours - everything. If you're prepared to pay a little more than ordinary make-do screens, it'll live up to Samsung's reputation and more importantly it'll justify your extra dosh.
*Edit: One useful thing I've omitted is that this screen is not wall mountable with your bog-standard mounting kits. There are no 4-point threaded holes on the back of this particular monitor.
I was after a new monitor for my new PC and I wanted something that had a great picture but stood out and was different to an average monitor. The Samsung T220 was just that.
The monitor looks like the latest Samsung televisions with its black frame with a red gradient at the bottom. It also has a touch sensitive power button rather than your normal type of button. The controls for the settings of the display are tucked away out of view which can be a little annoying, however once you have it setup there is no need to go messing with these buttons as the screen automatically selects the port in use.
The screen itself has a matt finish to reduce glare and the blacks are great. From what I can tell there is also little light bleed.
It comes with a DVI and VGA port, however a HDMI port would have been a nice addition to hook the PS3 up to without an adapter
This monitor does everything I need it to do.
I use the monitor as an external monitor for my laptop and it works very well. I had been worried that the constant connection and removal of my laptop may cause problems, this has not been the case.
I had heard that the monitor was prone to shake on a desk, but this is most certainly not a problem, as the stand is in fact very stable.
In terms of the quality, its better than I expected. blacks are good, the matt finish means that glare isnt an issue but doesnt reduce the sharpness of the images displayed.
Connectivty could be better, as an HDMI port would have been useful.
The monitor is also aesthetically very nice, with the black rose look going down a treat, however, turning the monitor on and off by touching this is an unnecessary and annoying gimmick.
As a digital artist, I need a good quality screen. It would be no use to me if my monitor didn't show colours correctly or not be quite as sharp as I need it to be. And as an artist, I appriciate something pretty, maybe no more than the next man, but I'm a guy that needs something to fill the asthetic quota!
I've found that the Samsung T220 fills this void quite nicely. I bought one of these back in Feb for £180 as a second monitor to go with my 22" Belinea, a decision I didn't make lightly!
I spent a lot of my free time over the previous month thouroughly researching which "22 monitor was the best with a £200 budget to play with.
I found that there are a great range of good quality screens out there, some of which were actually a little technically better than this one. For example; Dell produced a lovely little screen which seemed had gone out of production just weeks before - it was the only other screen that matched the Samsung on looks AND came out stronger on performance.
The T220 does have a lot of options though, you can really customise this monitor to look perfect, it just takes a bit of fiddling around.
Either way, I was hooked on the Samsung. Every curve is beautifully sculpted and thought about. The "touch screen" power button keeps out of the way - not ruining the over all look by sticking out from the casing (although, it can be a little hard to find if you're fumpling around in the dark!).
The stand, while a little unstable, fits the design of the rest of the screen well and can tilt to suit your needs.
Overall I'd totally reccomend this screen. If it was possible to buy that Dell I mentioned I'd go for that one, but I believe it's out of production these days and the follow up model just doesn't have the right style for me.
I purchased this monitor about a year ago in Comet for £240, and recently sold it on E-Bay for £120. However, this was nothing to do with the quality of the monitor, and more to do with the fact that I purchased an All in One computer. As far as monitors go, this was perfect! The pictures on the screen were so crisp and vivid: if you are looking for a screen to watch Blu Ray films on then this is possibly the best! The 20,000:1 contrast ratio is amazing for a PC monitor.
Not only does it look great with your PC (some might say you don't need 22' for a PC monitor, and this maybe true, but with more multimedia such as BBC iPlayer a big screen does have its uses), but if you purchase a VGA converter then you can use the HDMI cable from your games console and plug that in. My PS3 looked fantastic on this screen!
In fact the only negative thing is that when playing DVDs it would come up with an 'incorrect screen resolution' message I could not solve. But for most people that will not be an issue.
I have recently, last week, bought a new computer and although I already have a 19" widescreen TFT, I decided that I would also purchase a new monitor as I might still use my old computer through the 19". I wanted a 24" widescreen to go with my new purchase, however when I saw the deal on this monitor, I decided two inches were not that important!!
Below is the all important numbers:
22" Flat Panel Monitor
1680 x 1050 Maximum Monitor Resolution
2msec Response Rate
Plug & Play
Why I Picked This Monitor
The first and main reason for me choosing this particular monitor, was the make: Samsung, we have an LCD TV by Samsung which we have had for about 3 years now and it is fantastic in every way, it has really made us like the make and when I saw this monitor was a Samsung it ticked the first box on my want list. The next thing was the fact that it had a 2 ms refresh rate, most monitors in this price range are 5 ms, and the 20000:1 dynamic contrast was a nice touch also. The next thing was the price at £195.00 it was extremely competitive in my opinion, also they had loads available at my local PC World where I could order online and get 5% cashback through one of my cashback sites and then go straight to the store and pick it up.
Looks And Nice Touches
Another reason I chose this screen was the extremely good looks it has, the frame is glossy black glass and around the edge it is clear glass, at the bottom of the frame it is curved and the black glass fades into read and then clear, it has the Samsung logo here also. It is an extremely attractive monitor in my opinion.
The rear of the screen is also very nice, being glossy black and displaying the Samsung logo. The conections are hidden behind a removable panel which makes the rear very clean and tidy, making it perfect to display on a desk where you can see both sides of the monitor.
This all sits on a circular base which is also finished in black gloss and finished the screen off perfectly in the looks department.
Also on the bottom part of the frame to the right is a power logo printed on the glass, there is no power button, you simply touch the glass where the power logo is to switch the screen on and off, a really nice touch I think! The rest of the control switches are hidden on the right of the screen off the front frame. When the monitor is switched on a curved red light appears under the power logo which is another nice touch.
Set up is incredibly easy as the monitior is plug and play compatible so it is just a case of literally plugging it in to the power and to your computer via VGA or HDMI leads (both are supplied) and letting the computer sort everything out driver wise.
I have been using this monitor for a bout a week now, mainly for internet, however I have played a few games on it too and I have to say the performance is excellent, far better than any screen I have had before.
Scrolling, even on complicated graphic games, is smooth and perfect, it is like watching a movie in high definition. The colour it gives out is really sharp and vivid as are the graphics displayed on up to date games, I have not watched a movie on this monitor yet, and probably won't to be honest as we have a 40" screen in the same room, however I would expect the picture to be perfect if you were to use it for this.
Would I recomend this monitor? Yes, it has everything going for it. I was looking ideally for a 24" screen this time around, however 22" really is enough and this Samsung is brilliant. You can get a 22" screen for a shade over £100.00, however for a touch under £200.00 you are getting everything you will need for the next few years and more! Whats more it is a Samsung so it will last brilliantly. I can't praise this monitor enough it really is the dogs b******s in my opinion, not only with its stunning good looks but in use it is faultless also.
The only problem I can think of with this monitor, is the fact that it cannot be wall mounted. This was pointed out to me when I picked it up from PC World and I had not noticed while purchasing it online, however this was not a problem for me as it was not going to be wall mounted, obviously it would be a problem if you were thinking of doing.
Price And Availability
Like I mentioned earlier, I got mine from PC World, and paid £195.00 for it, however I will get 5% cashback through Topcashback as I ordered it online and then picked it up from store, meaning I got the best of both worlds in my opinion. With the cashback taken off it stands me at £185.25 although I noticed on Ciao! there are 7 offers from £174.00 so I might have paid slightly over the odds, however like I say I had it the same day so that is worth quite a lot alone to me.
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Recently, I started University, and, unfortunately for my bank account, I needed to buy a computer, in order to do various assignments and research throughout the year. Whilst living at home, I was able to use the family computer and had never really needed to buy my own, so I had not much knowledge of the best computer systems and what to chose when the time came. I therefore headed for the shops with basically no idea of what to buy, just the will to buy a suitable PC, and a fairly respectable university loan. By no means am I suggesting to spend all of your student loan on a computer, it WILL lead to you going hungry throughout the forthcoming year! Anyway...
I originally looked around a couple of shops, trying to compare specifications, and eventually thought I had pretty much got it sussed, though whilst on transit to the 'man', I happened to notice a rather dashing monitor standing, in all it's glory, on the centre of a shelf. Hmm, I thought. What a brilliantly beautiful monitor! The package I had intended buying came with a rather splendid 19 inch monitor, swamping out 15.4 family desktop. I worked out that I could probably afford to get this monitor, and buy the computer separately, (instead of a computer + 19" screen package), though having to spend more of my loan than what initial intentions allowed.
At £199.99, this was almost as expensive as the computer itself, and was certainly not a price to be messed with. When I eventually decided on this though, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I made! Sure, I went hungry for most of the year, but at least I had a computer screen big enough for internet usage and the ability to watch one of the various online viewing programs (iplayer, sky player)!
When I first opened and further analysed the product, I was immediately astounded by its quality and sleek design. The monitor has a polished black edge, bordered by a smooth dark red section at the bottom. This whole edge is bordered by a very lightly tinted plastic which makes the monitor as a whole look absolutely phenomenal. This was in fact the feature that made this screen stand out from the rest of the 22" available which ultimately led me to spend a little bit more money on getting this beautiful screen.
This is a flat screen monitor, keeping up with modern technology in not taking up lots of needless desk space when it is installed, which just makes this screen even better.
Even the stand looks incredible, with rounded edges and highly reflective polished black colouring which would do well to rival a mirror.
This screen does not turn off in the way of norm as the power button, is operated in similar fashion to touch screen technology which, when operated, posts a gradual red light showing its activeness.
I really love using this monitor, it is certainly extremely useful for viewing multiple pages at once, a feature I use all of the time. It is also genuinely a very brilliant looking piece to have on the desk, in the corner of the room. By far the best looking monitor available, and probably the best useable, with the large screen allowing for so much more than smaller ones.
A fantastic monitor which is well worth every penny!