REVIEW: Samsung 226BW Part 9
Use of the buttons found under the frame of the Samsung 226BW is compromised little if at all thanks to the very legible labelling directly over each button. The navigation is also good but could be displayed more quickly – sometimes, too many clicks are needed to reach the desired setting.
The only thing you will need to get used to is the fact that setting changes do not need to be confirmed by pressing "enter" as is normally the case, but are accepted as soon as the value is changed using the arrow button.
Furthermore, the "not available" message for those menu options that are not selectable in analogue mode only appears once the user has already selected the. Some users might find this confusing.
Given that our only criticisms of the Samsung 226BW are very minor points, we awarded the monitor a rating of very good. We would also like to point out the HTML user guide found on the accompanying CD, which really is very good and wholly comprehensive, featuring numerous Flash animations.
Samsung advertises its new 22-inch monitor as featuring a very high dynamic contrast ratio of 3.000:1 and a fast response time of 2 ms. The monitor seemingly possesses all the necessary technology to improve the image quality of the TN panel and send the Samsung 226BW streaking ahead of the competition.
It is also worth noting that Samsung guarantees the values advertised for all panels built into its monitors. This means that, depending on model revisions, different panels could be used in the Samsung 226BW that have the same display characteristics – as happens indeed with other manufacturers.
The letter in the nameplate on the back of the Samsung 226BW stands for the panel used. Depending on revisions, panels from different suppliers can be built in, but these will all comply with the specifications provided by Samsung.
Nach unseren Informationen steht der Buchstabe hinter der Modellbezeichnung auf dem rückseitig angebrachten Typenschild des 226BW für das verwendete Panel. Derzeit gibt es mindestens zwei eingesetzte Panels unterschiedlicher Lieferanten, die durch den Buchstaben "S" und "A" voneinander unterschieden werden können.
According to our information, the letter after the model description on the nameplate at the back of the 226BW stands for the panel used. At present, at least two types of panel from different suppliers are used in this monitor, differentiated by their letter code – "S" and "A" respectively.
Our test machine has panel "S" built in. We have established that panel "A" denotes the 22-inch MW220EW01 panel supplied Acer Unipac Optronics (AUO). Unfortunately, we could find no information for panel "S", but as far as we know, the panel is not produced by Samsung, as the letter "S" may lead you to.
When the monitor has been switched on, the user sees a colourful, lively picture that is rich in contrast, though a shade too light which is understandable given that brightness is set to 100 percent. The first thing we did was select the Optimal contrast image mode, very excited about seeing how the attractive contrast ratio of 3000:1 looks in reality.
When the dynamic contrast is modified, the Samsung 226BW conjures up even more colourful, livelier pictures on the desktop. The photos of different wallpapers (above and on the next page) were taken in Optimal Contrast mode.
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