The Good The Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW has a low price tag, good movie and gaming performance and a solid screen display.
The Bad The Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW screen is low in brightness, and its on-screen display can be difficult to navigate. It also lacks the HDMI connection and lacks many ergonomic features.
The Bottom Line Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW lacks many bells but compensates for its shortcomings with a low price.
For $ 190, it’s hard to worry too much about the disadvantages of the Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW. Of course, it has low screen brightness, no HDMI connectivity, a clunky screen display, and no ergonomic features besides tilting. However, most people will be willing to look at these shortcomings, thanks to the $ 200 display price, especially if they only look for a general-purpose monitor. Turn on its good movies and games and useful and reliable screen screens, and you have a decent investment. Compared to other displays, such as Samsung’s own XL2370 and the Dell S2409W S2409W and SP2309W, the 2233SW’s overall performance and lack of performance cannot compete with the richer display features. It relies on its low price as its trump card and is currently at least $ 50 cheaper than others.
Design and features
The 21.5-inch Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW has a design that closely resembles the Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ. The Samsung display is devoid of useful ergonomic settings such as screen rotation and height adjustment, offering only a 25-degree tilt. Located on the desktop, Samsung leaves 3.75 inches between the bottom of the screen and the desktop. On the sides and top, the Samsung glossy panel is 0.75 inches and 0.8 inches respectively. The oval shaped stand for Samsung is just over 10 inches wide and 8.5 inches deep. When he knocked on the sides, Samsung swayed minimally, but with each knock he slid a few inches on the table. At the bottom of the Samsung panel is a light gray painted on the Samsung logo.
The Samsung panel measures approximately 1 inch deep and extends another 1.5 inches behind it to incorporate ventilation, lights and connection options. With these measurements, the display panel is approximately 2.5 inches deep. The full width of the panel is 20.3 inches – which is average for a 22-inch model. At the bottom of the Samsung panel is a clear fiberglass that is about half an inch. When the monitor is on, the blue LED is emitted from the bottom panel and reflected from the lip, creating an interesting lighting effect. In this model, Samsung throws out the usual glossy screen that can be seen on monitors today, opting for a matte finish instead.
Video options are limited to VGA and DVI, and Samsung includes connecting cables for everyone. However, the HDMI connection is not included – which is surprising, given that most 16: 9 aspect ratio monitors include this connection. All connector ports are on the back and to the right of the monitor. Samsung has also deepened the ports in a way that makes it difficult for them to access.
The Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ’s display buttons are located at the bottom right of the monitor, on the outside of the panel. It includes five buttons located one on the other. The buttons include Menu, Up, Down, Enter and Back, with the power button below. The Up and Down buttons also double as shortcuts to the brightness and contrast items, respectively. Each button has a diameter of almost half an inch with a convex shape. Pressing the buttons produces a satisfactory click sound, and everyone presses enough to make it obvious when pressed. The buttons have enough space between them so that when calibrating the display in low light, the buttons can be easily recognized.
Pressing the menu button opens the OSD menu. Here you have the brightness and contrast settings in addition to the OSD menu settings to set the duration when the menu remains on the screen in standby mode (up to 200 seconds). Its previous settings include text, Internet, Games, Sports, Movies and Dynamic Contrast. Selecting each preset correctly adjusts the brightness of the display; however, pre-installed movies seem to change the color temperature to have more red press than other presets that look blue. However, this was not a detriment to the image.
16: 9 aspect ratio Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW supports native Full HD resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels. This continues the trend of more monitor vendors moving up to 16: 9 from 16:10 as high definition content – including 1080p movies – can fit on a screen of 1 920×1,080 pixels in full screen without stretching the image.
Resolution: 1,920×1,080 pixels
Pixel Response Rate: 5ms
Contrast: 1000: 1
Brightness: 300cd / m2
Connection: VGA, DVI
HDCP compatible? So
Video cables included? VGA, DVI
Panel Type: TN
We tested the Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW using its DVI connection. The display shows a composite score of 96 on DisplayMate Labs performance tests in CNET labs, the same score as the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370, and higher than the 90’s of the Dell SP2309W. In our dark screen test, the 2233SW showed only a small amount of backlight that flows through less than the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370.
The 2233SW reached 231 candles. Per square meter – well below the 344 cd / m2 XL2370 and 297 cd / m2 Dell SP2309W. The difference between the monitors is easy to see, as the 2233SW’s screen looks noticeably darker than the screen. When we set the brightness of 2233SW and XL2370 to 100 and 75 respectively, we found that when viewing the same images, the white XL was noticeably brighter without affecting the dark details and deep black images. The 2233SW showed whites, noticeably darker than the XL2370, and turned bluish.
We used the pre-installed 2233SW movie to check “Kill Bill: Volume 1” on DVD and several 1080p movie files from Microsoft’s WMV HD Showcase. In addition to the red press in the pre-installed movie, the 2233SW showed deep dark and decent color when playing movies.
We looked at World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 3 on the monitor and did not notice any sign of delayed entry, shooting or ghosts as we were moving fast. We tested both games in the pre-installed game on display, and although we could play games seamlessly, the overall presentation was darker than what we preferred and the spots in the game that were cut too bright did not look as bright like they did on the Samsung XL2370. Samsung’s colors in the games just didn’t have the same pop as the XL2370, due to its relatively low brightness.
The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. From this angle, you view the colors and gamut by destination. Most monitors are not considered in any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen when viewed from sub-optimal angles. The Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW uses a TN panel, and when viewed from the side or bottom, we perceived the screen to be about five inches from the center, and we noticed that the left, right and top of the display were darker and the colors at the same pace as and SyncMaster XL2370. Of course, when viewed from the optimum angle, we had no problems.
|Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW||Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||37.31|
|On (max luminance)||37.31|
|On (min luminance)||15.8|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||32.2|
|Annual power consumption cost||$11.49|
In our power consumption tests, the Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW had a high On / Off power of 37.31W. Its standby power is quite low 0.52W. Based on our formula, the 2233SWEco will cost $ 11.49 per year, compared to the XL2370 $ 9.96 per year and the SP2309W $ 12.98 per year.
Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
452 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
344 Dell SP2309W
297 Dell S2409W
242 Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW
231 Dell G2410
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
1,008:1 Dell S2409W
1,001:1 Dell G2410
948:1 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
891:1 Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW
869:1 Dell SP2309W
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
97 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
96 Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW
96 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
90 Dell SP2309W
90 Dell S2409W
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Service and support
Samsung supports SyncMaster 2233SW with a three-year spare parts and labor warranty, which covers its backlight. It also offers 24-7 toll free support as well as 24-48 hours email support and web chat support. Documentation and support software for the 2233SW was not yet available on the Samsung website at the time of this review.