REVIEW: Samsung 226BW Part 16
Overall, the Samsung 226BW performs satisfactorily in film and video playback. Image content and effects are displayed efficiently and contrast, response time and black value are also good. However, because of its tendency to display compression artefacts and the less than ideal degree of sharpness when playing back HD material, the monitor falls short of a rating of good.
However, if you do not intend to use the Samsung monitor solely for TV playback or as a substitute for a home cinema, you can happily purchase it. The aforementioned effects should not be taken too seriously, since they occur in practically every LCD monitor.
The Samsung 226BW belongs to the upper league of 22-inch monitors, and not just on account of its elegant design. The LCD’s image quality will also convince users, particularly lovers of vivid, vibrant colour contrasts – as long as the dynamic contrast or MagicColor is active, in any case.
If you prefer more natural colours, you should promptly change the standard settings, which are much too bright. Since the user can change profile at the touch of a button, it is easy to change to a more suitable setting at any time.
Without artificial contrast heightening, the Samsung 226BW can be of interest even to those who do graphics work as a hobby, since after calibration, it displays a colour fidelity that is more than good and an adequate colour space. However, graphics enthusiasts must also take into account the calibration difficulties, poor viewing angles and low brightness at the left edge of the screen of the monitor.
The 22-inch LCD monitor class is already viewed as particularly suitable for gamers, and the Samsung 226BW is no exception, with a good all-round display quality in fast-paced action games.
Lesser resolutions are interpolated without much loss of detail or sharpness. Here, the only problem is the catalyst driver. Since the resolution 1.440 x 900 is apparently not registered in the Samsung 226BW, it was interpolated as full-screen throughout testing. A driver update from ATI should help solve this problem.
The closest competitor to the Samsung 226BW is the ViewSonic VX2235wm. For a little more money, this latter offers a somewhat better colour space and better video quality. However, the ViewSonic lags behind in terms of usability, which is rather poor. Otherwise, both competitors are quite similar, performing well in terms of power consumption.
Overall rating: GOOD
Technical specification: Samsung 226BW
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