This is a review of my 22 inch LCD Monitor / TV made by Samsung.
I've had my Samsung T220HD TV for about 4 years now. When I purchased the TV it was around £120. This is housed in the bedroom and probably gets more use than the main TV in the living room. On average it's used for 2-3 hours a day, often more as I have it on in the background when working at the computer.
On purchase, I was happy to see how easy it was to set up the TV. I've had enough electronic items such as VHS recorders, DVD players, TVs, HiFi systems, etc, over the years to feel quite confident at setting up equipment without having to read the manual inside out, which was just as well as there was only a very basic set of set up instructions included with this. As with many electronic items these days, you're expected to look up on the internet access to full user manuals or use included DVD discs.
My TV is set up in the bedroom and I use an indoor digital aerial which gives me good enough picture quality that I've not bothered to link this up to an external aerial. I am one of those people to whom a TV is a TV and to date have not really been able to tell the difference between HD and regular TV screens, either at home or at any of my friends or relatives' homes. I've been unable to tell the difference between the picture quality on my Samsung T220HD in the bedroom and our Phillips 40" in the living room (also a HD TV) or my previous bedroom TV which was a portable Sony TV I had for over 23 years (and which definitely wasn't a HD TV).
The set up was fairly easy and programming the channels was pretty much automatic following the on screen instructions using the remote control. When selecting "menu" on the remote you can select from a variety of options such as:
* Picture - which includes: mode, contrast, brightness, sharpness, colour, tint, colour tone, backlight, size, screen mode, digital NR and reset
* Sound - which includes: mode, equalizer, SRS TS XT, auto volume, TV speaker
* Setup - which includes: plug & play, language (which gives you a choice of around 20 languages such as English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Romanian, Polish, Turkish, Danish, Suomi), time (where you can set the clock, sleep timer, etc), melody, energy saving mode
* Input - which consists of: source list and edit name
The remote has buttons for switching between TV and DVD mode, channel list, TV guide, colour buttons (red, green, yellow and blue), subtitles on or off, info (on current program), etc, pretty much all the options you would expect to see on a remote control. The batteries seem to last quite a long time, I've probably changed them 3 times in 4 years and I do pretty much use this TV every day for a minimum of a few hours.
On the left of the monitor is a panel where you can plug in headphones or a HDMI cable. On the right of the monitor are buttons to do things which can all be accessed by the remote, i.e. if you want to do things the old fashioned way such as increase/decrease the volume, change channels, etc.
I have to admit that I've never felt the need to use the Samsung T200HD as a PC monitor as I'm quite happy with the monitor on my laptop.
The included warranty with this TV was 36 months for both parts and labour. As the TV is about 4 years old now, it's out of warranty but during the warranty period I had no reason to contact Samsung directly.
A little issue that cropped up a few months ago but which seems to have resolved itself was that the TV would randomly turn itself off. I'd turn it back on via the remote control and within minutes it would switch itself off again. I tried looking up how to resolve this and saw various posts on the internet that this was a common issue and various tips on how to fix it including using a different plug socket (which didn't work) or contacting Samsung for a service. As the monitor was out of warranty when this happened I couldn't be bothered to arrange this as I didn't want to pay for a service - not because I'm tight but because I would prefer to buy a new TV rather than pay out for a service. Thankfully the problem seems to have fixed itself and so the TV lives to see another year.
Dimensions: 20.5in x 8.5in x 17.4in
Mechanical display position adjustment: tilt
Aspect ratio: widescreen 16:10
Resolution: 1690 x 1050 60Hz
Image contrast ratio: 1000:1 / 10000:1 (dynamic)
Pixel pitch: 0.282mm
Built-in devices: stereo speakers
Response time: 5ms
Colour support: 16.7 million colours
Video bandwidth: 146 MHz
Vertical refresh rate: 75Hz
Horizontal refresh rate: 81kHz
Vertical viewing angle: 160
Horizontal viewing angle: 170
Features: HDCP, MagicSpeed, OSD-Digital Display Director, MagicBright3 (dynamic contrast technology), Sync on Green
Controls and adjustments: colour temperature, gamma correction, colour balance, sharpness, H/V position, brightness, contrast
OSD languages: English, Danish, Croatian, Serbian, Romanian, Turkish, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish.
Audio type: integrated stereo speakers
TV tuner digital TV: ATSC
TV tuner features: Teletext & sleep timer
Voltage needed: AC 120/230V (50/60 Hz)
Power consumption: 58 Watt
Power consumption in sleep mode/standby: 2 Watt
Connectivity interfaces: 1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 1 x DVI-D - 24 pin digital DVI, 2 x HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A, 1 x Component video input - RCA X 3, 1 x Audio line-in - RCA X 2, 1 x Audio line-in - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Headphones - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x SPDIF - TOSLINK, 1 x SCART - 21 pin SCART, 1 x TV antenna input
Microsoft Certifications: certified for Windows Vista
Software included: Drivers and Utilities, Natural Colour Pro
Compliant standards: Plug & Play, DD-2B
Minimum operating temperature: 50oF
Maximum operating temperature: 104oF
Humidity range operating: 10-80%
Included cables and accessories: remote control, VGA cable, audio cable
I'd rate my Samsung T220HD as a decent 4 out of 5 stars. It's fabulous as a second TV and aside from some very slight niggles; this has been an absolute bargain purchase for me.
Looking for a Full HD monitor we came across the Samsung T220HD and found a monitor that met all our requirements at the price of around 340 pounds. It's not the cheapest one out there but the Samsung brand is a well-known and trusted brand so we rather spend a bit more on a brand that we could trust.
We went for this monitor because you can't just use it as a monitor for your computer but the screen is also perfect as a television and for a console. We have a console were we can watch Blue ray movies and it looks absolutely amazing. From one screen as the console to the television you simply press one button.
Looks were important to us when looking for a monitor simply because it does take a lot of space in the room. So it had to look right. I think the design of the monitor is amazing with just a simple black colour but it has a red glow at the top and the bottom and because of the see-through glass it really stands out. The only negative about the monitor is that you can see your finger prints everywhere.
Since everything goes with the remote it's a important piece. The remote is just your standard remote I think. It fits nicely in the hand and even after dropping it a few times the remote still works. It does get a bit getting used to the remote but that's mostly due getting used to where all the buttons are. The buttons are self-explanatory and the letters and numbers are clear. You need two aaa batteries and will last for a good couple of months.
The quality of the screen is amazing and something to be expected from a HD monitor I think. Blue ray movies simply look stunning. Setting the monitor up was very easy and really no hassle. The first time using it you have to change a few settings but nothing really much and the default settings are good enough for us.
As you can do everything with the remote there are a few buttons on the monitor itself like a standby button and a few other basic buttons like volume and channel. Always handy in case you lost the remote! A great monitor and for me five stars!
You could be forgiven for thinking the Samsung Syncmaster T220HD is just another computer monitor. There are two subtle giveaways, however. The first is the price. Although this particular model looks very sleek and stylish, a pricetag of £395 is pretty steep for a 22inch monitor. If you are just looking for a computer monitor then Samsung sell a 24inch one for a fraction of the cost of this one. The other subtle giveaway is the name of the model. 'T220HD' indicates that this is a 'High Definition' screen. This model is a computer monitor with a built-in Digital TV Tuner.
The design of most Samsung products is what sells them to me, well, it is one of the main reasons for purchasing them. The beautifully creative features and jet black finish really does stand the Samsung products apart from rivals' offerings. This is a 22inch widescreen LCD TFT Monitor with the added bonus of a Digital TV Tuner. Obviously you are paying a hefty price for such a feature, but it is one worth paying in my opinion.
You could look at its dual purpose design as convenient or space-saving. I find that it is the difference between having a Home PC and laptop in my bedroom at all. The style and design of any Samsung product is smething worth shouting about and the Samsung trademark jet black finish is broken up for a change with a streak of red just underneath the viewing area. The 1080p Full HD screen is pure perfection. The package comes complete with a PDF user guide and Freeview can be set-up by following the easy-to-follow on-screen instructions. Also included is a remote control (including a set of batteries), a VGA cable and also a DVI cable.
Something I did find a surprise and have never seen before with such an item was that a cleaning cloth is also included. You could say you should expect this for the price, but I have never seen such a thing included with a TV or monitor before. The base and shaft of the stand that the T220HD is supported by is also jet black in colour. Although it does appear to be of a compact size it does hold the T220HD sturdy and robustly.
The T220HD is a low power monitor, consuming just 58Watts when on and less than 2Watts when in stand-by mode. When it comes to connectivity Samsung havn't deserted the T220HD. There are a whole host of the usual connectivity ports, dual HDMI inputs and DVI and VGA inputs. There really are enough input ports to satisfy most techno buffs.
Using the T220HD on a day-to-day basis really is a pleasure. I have never had any issues with connectivity or useability. Having previously owned a TV with built-in DVD player I am now on the lookout for a DVD player worthy of being paired up with this fantastic piece of kit. I were surprised to see that this model has been out since 2008 - I wouldn't have been surprised if I had found it was released this year, it really is that good.
I have no choice but to give a positive recommendation of the Samsung Syncmaster T220HD and suggest anyone looking for a complete TV/monitor solution to look no further than the T220HD.
This monitor is an excellent product - it's super connective, the picture quality is excellent, and it's very sturdy.
The connections on this TV include 2xHDMI, SCART, DVI and component. This makes it very useful for connecting everything in a room to it - personally, I have my PC, PlayStation 3, Freeview DVR and XBox 360 connected to it. There's no need to change wires around and the sources are switched with a press of the (very well designed) remote.
Despite being so useful in one place, the screen is also very portable - a simple screw removes the screen from the base, and it is then very easy to pack back into the box to move it.
The actual TV is of excellent quality - being only 22 inches, it's a bit small for the full experience of 1080p HD, there's no discernable difference between that and 720p, however the display is incredibly crisp and sharp, with excellent colours. It displays HD very well! The 60Hz refresh rate is also very good for gaming that supports this framerate.
I needed a larger monitor for work purposes, however i wanted one that would look nice as the office is in the back bedroom, this monitor caters for that. It has an attractive look (rare for some monitors) and suits the workspace.
The monitor has different inputs so can be used with a lot of different devices, currently i have a VGA connection and a digital connection, this means i have a desktop and a laptop conencted, useful for using the one monitor for two computers.
It also has HDMI, Scart and component, however it doesnt have a standard composite, so anything that uses the yellow phono style plug, wont work. Also this wont work using a scart adapter, this may cause problems for some users?
The speakers are reasonable, but the display quality is superb, easy to set up and has plenty of 'screen real estate' for using as a monitor for general office based tasks. It has a digital optical out for plugging into an amplifier if you need any louder audio.
I wanted a monitor that doubled as a TV, this also works well, with easy to use and set up digital TV, and a good picture quality.
So if you want a 22" screen that works well for computing as well as TV then this is for you, it looks good as well and not out of place in the room.
I can't comment on the gaming capabilities, however i have no doubt that this will perform well.
The Samsung T220HD is a monitor for your PC and more.
The monitor itself is 22 inches and in finished in a reflective black plastic with some really nice touches which include a clear plastic frame on the outer edges and on the lower bezel it includes a "Rose Black" which is a fancy word for red tint which really adds some style to your PC monitor. The base continues the theme and also is finished in black reflective plastic though it is a bit large for the size of the monitor. Another nice thing is it has "invisible" speakers, they aren't really invisible just hidden on the underside of the monitor so you don't see them when you are using it normally.
The monitor comes with just about everything you will need including the monitor itself, the base stand, a remote control which includes a set of batteries, a DVI cable and a VGA cable and the power lead. No instructions which is a bit weird but you do get a disk with a PDF file of instructions.
Hooking the monitor up is simple stuff, the base will slot into the centre of the monitor and you will hear a firm click when the parts are assembled. Then you can plug in the devices you want, like PC and notably this monitor includes two HDMI ports which allow you to use devices such as a Blu Ray player or games console on it. The PC mode looks brilliant with vivid detailed picture, really nice to use when browsing the net or playing a game.
I use mine on occasion for when I can't get the main telly for my Xbox 360 and it looks superb supporting up to 1080p (highest quality available at the moment) picture. The only downside is you do get black bars even though it is a widescreen monitor. Sound quality is not the best but what can you expect from the tiny "invisible" speakers that it has.
The monitor does have a built in Freeview tuner but I found it to be pretty pants and the worst thing about the monitor, we don't get the strongest signal but it is perfectly good yet it wouldn't pick up any channels in watchable quality, it was all jerky or nothing at all. I was using an indoor antenna which could explain it.
It is a good monitor, the picture quality is brilliant for PC and for the HDMI ports that it has.
Bought this LCD TV from Ebuyer to go in my ( average sized ) bedroom. I was impressed initially by the amazingly sleek and very expensive looking design, especially the hint of red on the lower outer casing, it's a classy touch. The stand it comes with is also very sturdy and very adjustable, both up and down and from side to side, so it is never out of viewing range.
TV was easy to set up, and didn't even bother reading the instructions ( woooops ), but nevertheless, withing minutes of plugging it in i was watching great television. The remote is very functional, and easy to understand, with everything laid out the way you'd expect it to be.
The image quality is superb, and really cannot fault anything, especially not the in-built freeview tuner, and on-screen guide ( which shows all available TV on all available channels for up to 7 days, plus you can set reminders, very easily ). The sound quality is superb for the size of TV ( although if you intend to use it in a small or hollow room the sound may be a little insufficient ( even on full volume )). There are plenty of ports at the rear for connectivity, although I have never tried these personally, but if they're anything like the TV, they will be superb.
I bought this monitor a few months ago to use as a TV for my bedroom.
The thing that initially attracted me to this monitor was the unusual "black rose" colouring of the frame. It really does look as good in real life as it does in the pictures.
The picture is very clear - better than my laptop which boasted a HD screen when I bought it but this monitor is so much better.
One problem I have noticed developing recently is there is a high-pitched sound coming from the monitor when it heats up. I originally thought this was the speakers I bought to plug in (as there is little to no bass from the built in speakers) but have narrowed it down to coming from the monitor itself. This could just be a faulty model that I have been given so I will not rate the monitor down for this.
The monitor is very easy to set up to use as a TV using the "plug and play" option. I set it up by myself (and I am rubbish at things like that) and was watching TV in 10 minutes!
In conclusion I would recommend this monitor to people who value picture quality over sound.
I had my first TV few years ago. It was little Sony LCD TV, It costed about $200, picture quality was great, and using it was also really easy. It lasted about one year, and then it simply broke. Actually, It didn't break, but you could watch TV about for 5 minutes and after that, picture dissapeard and sound was really annoying. Anyway, now yesterday, I got new TV for Christmas present. Actually, this is both; computer monitor and also this is TV. So this is multi- functional product.
This TV is also small. But not so small as Sony TV was. It's 22" Samsung LCD TV. First glance was nice, outlook was nice. TV cover is really shining, and there are no buttons on TV. Actually, there is one touch senstive button, to turn on the TV. Picture- and sound quality is awesome. So I introduce this TV for you with short review:
When Santa brought it to the house, then first glance was like, Nice! Tv is packed really well, on the package there is a little TV picture and there are shown some TV functions and things like that. So I opened the package, and there were to soft pieces, what covered the TV. I took these pieces off, and then I saw only TV screen, and two seperate pieces, which has to put together with TV. Putting pieces together was really easy and didn't take a lot of time too.
8 points out of 10
How it looks?
First, I put pieces together and put it on my cupboard, then I understood, this is exactly right size. I moved it many times, because all the time, I thought that TV falls down of my cupboard. After all, everything was ok, and then I understood how beatiful this TV is. Outlook is really nice, every TV detail shines. Bottom side of the TV, there is a certain cover, which don't let to slip your TV. In summary this is exactly this TV, what befits to my bedroom, because of right size and awesome outlook.
10 points out of 10
Turning on the TV
First time, I turned it on I didn't understand why this don't turn on himself. I waited about 5 seconds and then it turned on himself. After that, I understood that TV thaw out himself.
It looks out like that; I click turn on button, then about 4 second little lighting twinkles and then TV turns on himself. My neighbor have Samsung TV too, and he have exactly same thing. It seems, that It's normal for Samsung TVs.
9 points out of 10
The Remote Control
Remote control outlook is exactly same as other Samsung TV remote control has. In brief about outlook; It's really thin, but thereat it's really long. Above side of remote, there is channel buttons. Center of the button, there are buttons to surf in the menus, and also exit, teletext and menu button. Downside the remote, there are some color buttons, but I don't know these buttons purprose.
If we compare this remote control with some other TV remote, then this is surely better. If we put the remote back of the TV, we still can change channels or turn on the TV. So connection with TV is really good.
9 points out of 10
Picture- and Sound quality
Regardless little size and weight of TV, picture quality is simply awesome, especially if you watch Digital TV. Anyway, you can change your brightness and contrast very much, so you can make your picture quality even better, that It was before. I really love to watch movies, with so good picture quality. Even, if you watch picture from the upside of TV, picture is really good. But most TVs don't have so good picture quality, if you watch from up. But can you imagine picture quality, if you use it as computer monitor, I haven't use it as monitor, but I really think, that picture quality is really awesome, if you use it as monitor. Anyway, in my opinion, picture quality is just awesome.
Also sound quality is really nice. You can change sound volume between different volume altitudes (100). Best volume is then, if volume is on 20 altitude, but if you put your volume on the max, then It's really loud. But anyway, sound quality is really nice, really pure sound, no hiss or something like that.
10 points out of 10
Programmes and tuning
Changing programmes is easy, I haven't any problems with that. But deleting programmes isn't so easy. Choosing right menu is easy, but I didn't know how to delete channels. So first I choosed Channel Manager from menu, I saw channel list, but I just didn't understand how to delete them. But then I checked out tutorial from the computer and then I understood, that I have to use color buttons. It took a lot of time, but It was well worth.
7 points out of 10
*Screen size: 22 inch
*Resolution: 1680 x 1050
*Brightness: 300 cd/m²
*Power Consumption: 58 watts (max.)
*Plug & Play: DDC2B
*Product Dimension(With stand, WxHxD): 20.47" x 17.38" x 8.46"
*Product Weight: 13.6 lbs.
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In conclusion this TV is like other Samsung TVs; nice outlook and great picture and sound quality. If you want great TV for your kitchen or to your bedroom, this is really good decision. But if we look at the price, then we see one big number. This is about $400, so It's not something cheap, regardless, how small it is. Anyway, I don't care this price, picture quality is really nice, and this is most important, or no?
So, if you want great TV, this is really good decision.
Samsung TV's are in general excellent. I have another model that is slightly bigger and the experiances I had with that one led me to this one!
To give you an over view this is a 22 " Widescreen LCD screen that can be used as a TV or as a Computer monitor. It has a built in DTV tuner (freeview) and is HD compatible. I do not mean the pretend HD either this is full 1080p HD. There is 1080 i which can be classed as HD but 1080p is a fully high definition TV and means you can run a PS3 on it how it was meant to along with HD DVD's, Blueray and HD TV.
Now all that may sound a bit confusing so I will have a go at explaining.
There are two types of HD tv. One is 1080i and on is 1080p. In general terms 1080p is better. The p stands for progressive scan and the i stands for interlaced. THe 1080 bit stands for the pixel density on the screen. To make it simple the bigger the number here the better the quality. If you think back to the old 60hz tv's they were probably around 420 pixels! Now a progressive scan delivers better picture quality than an interlaced picture. If you are looking for a TV and want a full HD TV make sure it says 1080p somehwere!
Back tothe TV in question. This TV is full HD and it is rather good. When playing the PS3 on it or watching a bluray DVD you really see the difference. The picture seems to be behind a pane of glass rather than on the TV it is that clear and sharp. I find also that the TV only being 22" makes the picture that much clearer over larger TV;s I have seen. I guess however that is preference as a big TV is good for movies etc. I like to be rather close however when playing games!
This TV has two HDMI ports. These ports are essentail for anything that is in Hd. This means you can connect the PS3 to it and another HD product (SKY HD ) at the same time. It also means you can use it as a computer monitor. To be honest if you are buying this as a monitor its a bit expensive so I wouldn't buy it for that sole purpose. However should you want to use it as a TV and have you PC attached to it that is possible and only requires a press of a button on the remote to switch between the two!
In terms of price it isn't bad at all.This is in my view the best full Hd TV in this size. For under £300 its not bad at all. If you arn't too fussed about the whole full HD thing and you simply want a good TV for everyday use you will be able to get a bigger TV for this price but it will not be full HD.
Another thing to add is that this TV is sexy. I find some TV's to be rather square and boring. The colour and the shape are rather nice to look at here though. I realise that isn't of greatest important but it is good to know :)
The sound however is the only draw back. The speakers are good for a small - medium sized room. However if you have a large room you need to think about surround sound. The samsung Hd TV's are known for having poorer sound quality copared to the Sony models for example. I however cannot notice a huge difference. I think the other features of this TV more than make up for this problem!
|Product Description:||Samsung SyncMaster T220HD - LCD monitor - 22"|
|Device Type:||LCD monitor - 22"|
|Aspect Ratio:||Widescreen - 16:10|
|Native Resolution:||1680 x 1050 at 60 Hz|
|Pixel Pitch:||0.282 mm|
|Contrast Ratio:||10000:1 (dynamic)|
|Response Time:||5 ms|
|Colour Support:||16.7 million colours|
|Input Connectors:||2xHDMI, DVI-D, VGA|
|Digital TV Tuner:||DVB-T|
|Display Position Adjustments:||Tilt|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||52 cm x 21.5 cm x 44.2 cm|
|Microsoft Certification:||Certified for Windows Vista|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Silver|
|Compliant Standards:||DDC-2B, ISO 13406-2, RoHS|