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Three-Way 22" LED LCD Roundup: Dell, LG, And Samsung

Samsung SyncMaster S22A350H

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Samsung’s S22A350H is the most expensive 22” in our roundup at $199. Physically, this monitor is somewhat similar to the previously-reviewed PX2370. However, instead of an opaque black piano finish, the S22A350H has a translucent red-black frame.

This is the only screen in our roundup that doesn't include a DVI port. Instead, Samsung employs HDMI and legacy VGA (an analog connection we'd rather see disappear entirely). If you own a computer without HDMI and you don't want to use VGA, you'll need a DVI-to-HDMI adapter for access to the digital output.

While the S22A350H is the thinnest display of this roundup, the comparison isn't quite fair. Samsung moved its power circuitry into an external brick to create the thinner display. But of course then you have an AC to DC adapter sitting on the floor. We've noticed this trend on a number of particularly thin screens. When it comes to cable management, you're either going to love it or hate it.

Samsung uses different names for some of the simple functions found in its OSD menu.

  • MagicBright offers brightness and contrast presets for text, gaming, and movies.
  • MagicAngle is much more useful. If you were to bring up a solid square patch of color on your display (say, from a mostly-white Web page), you'd see it darken viewed from different angles. Samsung tries to compensate for this problem by using a form of dynamic contrast that depends on where you are (settings include leanback 1, leanback 2, standing, and side). In practice, the results are significantly better than other TN-based displays, but this is a small monitor. Even with good viewing angles, you're going to be limited by the size of the screen if you want to work three feet away and still see everything clearly.

  • compton
    I've put a Jihad out on TN panels. There are so many decent, cheap e-IPS panels out there. At their worst, eIPS screens are better than TN, and at their best comparable to much more expensive IPS units. There isn't really a reason to consider TNs anymore. It's bad enough that every laptop has a TN (except for a few 12" Lenovos), but why rape your precious eyeballs with a terrible TN on your desk? With that said, I look forward to monitor reviews, and this is a pretty good one.
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  • acku
    Point taken. The key is finding those good IPS panels. There are good IPS monitors and there are bad ones. In the same way, there are good and bad TNs.

    I mean if we're breaking down everything down to tech...
    VA are great at black
    IPS are probably the best at color accuracy
    IPS better at color shift resistance, but you get light bleed at angles.
    TNs better than IPS for motion blur, IPS better than VA for motion blur
    VA and IPS both suffer a bit from flashlighting and clouding effects
    TNs don't have great color, but offer decent middle ground
    TNs are dirt cheap
    TNs generally have lower lags

    Big generalization here. The point is that nothing is perfect. If it was, there would be little point to advance technologies. In the end, you pick your imperfection.

    Cheers,
    Andrew Ku
    TomsHardware.com
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  • Gamer-girl
    How about 24"+ 1920x1200 monitors?
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  • acku
    9516998 said:
    How about 24"+ 1920x1200 monitors?

    I can do that. For whatever reason, I don't see that many 1920x1200 monitors. Most of the time I see 1920x1080.

    Is there a particular reason that you prefer 1920x1200?

    Cheers,
    Andrew Ku
    TomsHardware.com
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  • clownbaby
    +1 on 1920x1200 monitors.

    "Is there a particular reason that you prefer 1920x1200?"
    The extra desktop space really helps in my design workflow and adds quite a bit of space over 2 or 3 monitors.

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  • soccerdocks
    ackuI can do that. For whatever reason, I don't see that many 1920x1200 monitors. Most of the time I see 1920x1080.Is there a particular reason that you prefer 1920x1200?Cheers,Andrew KuTomsHardware.com
    I would also be interested in seeing some 1920x1200 monitors. The reason I prefer that resolution is I find that having that extra vertical space is very useful for productivity software, especially word documents. However, for gaming the resolution really doesn't matter to me.
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  • acku
    9517001 said:
    I would also be interested in seeing some 1920x1200 monitors. The reason I prefer that resolution is I find that having that extra vertical space is very useful for productivity software, especially word documents. However, for gaming the resolution really doesn't matter to me.
    Any specific monitors? The list is pretty short on 1920x1200.
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  • I agree with the above comments. I loath the 16:9 aspect ratio, and would really like to see some coverage of 4:3 or 16:10 monitors, which (IMO) are much more useful for doing work.
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  • ksampanna
    How about an eyefinity/surround test with a range of TN, IPS monitors across a range of budgets? I know this is pretty huge, but you are toms, so you should be able to easily pull it off.
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  • Gamer-girl
    The dell ultrasharp 24 inch mainly
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