One Sexy Monitor
By Sutlej Soin
From its slick marketing campaigns to its emphasis on beautiful designs, Samsung has become a popular choice among the style conscious, thanks to a consistent track record in having stunning, eye catching designs in its product line-up. The company's latest SyncMaster LCD monitor, the T220 may just be its hottest looking display yet.
With a subtle hint of red mixed into the more conventional black of the LCD frame, the Samsung SyncMaster T220 has a design that's more in common with sleek HDTVs rather than your workstation display. This classy, upmarket look distinguishes it from the usual bland LCD monitors. Buttons for the on-screen display (OSD) are located at the side and laid out vertically in an accessible fashion, compared to below the screen like most LCD panels. At the bottom rear, we found a HDCP-enabled DVI input along with an analog VGA.
For all its looks, how does the Samsung T220 perform as a monitor? Well, we had some minor grouses, in particular, the very limited physical adjustments available. There's no swivel or pivot if you're thinking of customizing this display to your requirements, though you can tilt it somewhat. Besides this, the T220 was also not the easiest of displays to assemble, as it came out of the box separated into three components, the panel, a base connector and the base itself. You have to align the parts properly and click them into place together, which could take some time and effort.
It's the Screen that Matters
In terms of its specifications, the Samsung T220 has a rather high dynamic contrast ratio of 20000:1, though the static contrast ratio is a more typical 1000:1. Native resolution is standard for its size, which at 22-inch means you'll get 1680 x 1050.
After a short calibration session using Datacolor's Spyder 3 Elite utility, we put the Samsung T220 through a series of tests using DisplayMate for Windows. In various test segments like Dark Gray Scale, 256 Intensity Color Level Ramp and others, the Samsung T220 performed up to expectations. We did however notice slight ghosting when running Pixel Analyzer's "Streaky Test", though this was insufficient to affect our overall experience.
At S$499, the Samsung SyncMaster T220 is definitely not for the budget conscious; there are plenty of LCD displays that have comparable specifications out there, including additional features like HDMI support, USB ports and integrated speakers. Nevertheless, you may be hard pressed to find one that's as swanky as the T220 and for those looking for a luxurious and elegant looking LCD monitor, this Samsung's the answer.