Summary: First for those of you don't know I'll go over the panel issue; Samsung outsourced the screens to two other companies. One that begins with a C, and the other A. (Their full names don't matter). On the back panel of the moniter it will show after the model number an A, C, or S (S is Samsung). Rumor has it that A, and C, do lag behind in terms of screen quality of the S. Let me first say when I went to best buy on display they had two of these monitors, each were an S.
Summary: First off I would like to say that there are 2 versions on this monitor. There is the "S" panel and the "A" panel. To be blunt, the S panel seems to be superior as it has less backlight bleeding. You can tell if your monitor is an S or A panel by popping up the back panel and looking at the sticker it should look like: Samsung 226BW [R] S or A. I bought this monitor as an upgrade from a 17" CRT by HP.
Summary: A monitor at this size is a great price. However alot of the light leaks past when the screen is supposed to be "black," a minor thing, but gets to be annoying when your watching movies or podcasts. Also the color support will not suffice for photoshop type work. The colors are off balance compared to every other monitor I have seen. If cost is your primary motivator buy this monitor, otherwise spend a bit more and get one that displays blacks better.
Summary: I bought this monitor new eight months ago. It performed well until recently. . .colors went off. . .blacks were not deep and rich and it would not produce a good rich brown. The monitor has a three year parts and labor warranty. I called Samsung and got a tech support guy on the phone on a Saturday evening (5:30 pm west coast time). Basic trouble shooting required turning monitor off, pulling all connections (even though still hot), then plugging power back in. .
Summary: I went with this monitor for my laptop dock after reading many positive reviews and ratings. It was between this and the high-end dell. I have the 20" dell (UltraSharp 2007WFP) on my other computer, so that's my baseline. I expected the Samsung to be even better, but this is definitely not the case. Sitting in front of the monitor, it's wonderful. Very bright and sharp running at the native resolution. But, stand up and the brightness and contrast rapidly drop off.
Summary: The monitor looks great, and I'm very happy with it. The only downsides are that bright colors are REALLY bright, and change slightly with viewing angle, which causes problems if you're editing photographs. Also, there is a slightly dark patch at the top right of the screen, but only slight - I didn't notice it until I switched to a light wallpaper. Overall, very good for the price.
Excerpt: A 22 inch monitor is usually considered pretty large and it definitely feels different after using a 15" one. Gone are the days of resizing your windows to fit on the screen, you can simply have both of them opened at the same time. I didn't want to dual screen because it takes up too much room and I'd rather have one large quality monitor.