Product Type: Samsung LCD monitors
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Well-designed 22'' monitor with excellent picture quality
Samsung Syncmaster T220
Member Name: Carrie23
Samsung Syncmaster T220
Date: 21/02/12, updated on 22/02/12 (191 review reads)
Advantages: great picture quality, easy setup, power saving, accurate colours, great design
Disadvantages: no USB port, no speakers, no inbuilt camera
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"_
Summary: A great quality monitor with modern design and a 22'' display screen
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