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Samsung SyncMaster 226BW

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Samsung SyncMaster 226BW

The SyncMaster 226BW is a very popular 22 inch LCD monitor from Samsung. Well noted for its attractive design, the 226BW features a glossy black bezel and rounded edges making the monitor look sleek. The ports located at the back also have a cover plate for a more streamlined look when plugged in.

The 226BW measures 16.6 x 20.3 x 8.6 inches (W x H x D) and weighs in at 11.7 pounds. The LCD monitor’s included circular stand does not allow for height adjustments but is abl…

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Samsung SyncMaster 226BW

The SyncMaster 226BW is a very popular 22 inch LCD monitor from Samsung. Well noted for its attractive design, the 226BW features a glossy black bezel and rounded edges making the monitor look sleek. The ports located at the back also have a cover plate for a more streamlined look when plugged in.

The 226BW measures 16.6 x 20.3 x 8.6 inches (W x H x D) and weighs in at 11.7 pounds. The LCD monitor’s included circular stand does not allow for height adjustments but is able to tilt and swivel. For better positioning options and adjustments, third-party VESA wall or desk mounts can be used with the provided 100 mm standard holes. This Samsung monitor also includes a slot for a monitor lock for added security.

Display features

The 22 inch widescreen format 226BW has a native resolution of 1680 x 1050 featuring a fast response time of 2 ms gray-to-gray and support for up to 16.7 million colors. It has a brightness level of 300cd/m² and a static contrast ratio of 1000:1. A dynamic contrast ratio of 3000:1 can also be turned on via the OSD. The OSD itself offers comprehensive options for fine tuning the display. Samsung’s MagicBright 3 technology and its Magictune software are also included. Viewing angles are at 160 degrees for both the horizontal and vertical planes.

Connectivity

The Samsung SyncMaster 226BW offers a VGA port for analog video signals as well as a DVI-D port for digital. Although it does not have an HDMI port, the DVI input is HDCP compliant. With a third-party DVI-HDMI converter, HDCP-protected Blu-ray or HD-DVD content playback is possible.

Review Summary

SAMSUNG SyncMaster 226BW is a sleek, slim bezel with a beautiful, high-gloss black finish. The widescreen 30” LCD displays represent the ultimate in high-definition widescreen gaming and entertainment. The monitor’s specs are listed in multiple languages beneath an illustration and the box tells you everything you need to know about the 226BW when purchasing it. Inside the package box, there is the SyncMaster 226BW display itself; the base for the stand, the usual documentation (Quick Setup Guide, Snail-mail Warranty Card & Safety Information), and the monitor software CD. Finally, there are the Analog DB-15 VGA and Digital DVI-D cables, and naturally, the power cord. SAMSUNG SyncMaster 226BW measures 20.3” by 16.6” by 8.8”. The only visible button on the front of the display is the power button, which has a brushed metal finish, and gives off a blue glow around its edges when activated. The lower edge has a metallic silver inlay that contrasts nicely against the glossy black finish. Setup allows to enable or disable and to detect the current ability active connection. Information tells what the current connection is (analog or digital), horizontal and vertical refresh rates, and resolution. There are no USB hub/ports, built-in speakers or card reader on the SyncMaster 226BW and neither any Composite video connection. So if you want to hook your Xbox 360 up to it, you’ll need to buy an Xbox VGA cable. Quickly replacing regular 17-19” standard and widescreen displays, with a resolution of 1680 x 1050, 20-22” LCDs are considered the new budget/entry-level models. To keep costs down, LCDs in this price range usually lack the amenities—built-in USB hubs and ports, card readers, speakers, and “portrait mode” rotation—of their larger, pricier counterparts. With prices ranging from the mid $200 to $350 this is where the SAMSUNG SyncMaster 226BW fits in.

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