The Good Excellent display characteristics. Beautiful design.
The Bad A clunky monitor stand. Full brightness can wash the image.
The Bottom Line Samsung’s attractive “creamy” monitor has the great advantage of being bored with an annoying base unit.
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The SyncMaster 2333SW is part of Samsung’s “creamy” range of LCD monitors. This is the pinnacle of the 23-inch model range, joined by the slightly cheaper 21.5-inch 2233SW $ 449 and the 2033-inch 2033SW $ 399 AU. They are designed to look like small TVs, with a black piano finish, complemented by a clear plastic finish that runs along the underside. The monitor is located on top of a solid plastic base – which we will return to shortly – and has control and power keys running down the bottom right of the monitor. Unlike several large monitors, the bezel is not too noticeable, which has the good benefit of focusing the eyes on the screen itself.
The 23-inch 2333SW based panel is a 16: 9 panel with a maximum resolution of 1920×1080, which makes it 1080p compatible, though you will have to deliver this content via DVI because it lacks an HDMI port, something we see more in high quality these days LCD monitors. D-Sub is also supported for older monitors. Samsung estimates the 2333SW with a dynamic contrast ratio of 20000: 1 and a slightly more realistic average of 1000: 1, a response time of 5ms and a brightness of 300 cd / m².
Setting up the 2333SW was a bit of a challenge. As with many monitors, the base and the screen come as separate parts, and you must put them together if you do not want to mount the wall or install the 2333SW on your desk. We’ve seen many ways to attach the basics, from pieces of plastic plates to heavy metal screws, but the 2333SW takes a different turn, with a fun, ball-based monitor that slides past the rubber-based seal. As we found out, getting the ball to push past the seal – even at the angle we were told by the instructions – was no easy task. After he came in, he should definitely stay for a long time, but be ready to sweat (and maybe swear).
Although we look at things that don’t work so easily, all the side buttons have the same shape and very little so you can know which button to use. The 2333SW has good logical menu layouts, but they are not understood by the buttons.
We’ve found that the 2333SW has excellent display performance, whether in the tougher DisplayMate tests, or simply through games, videos, and photos through it. However, our only caveat is that it is only necessary to reduce the brightness by touch. We found that at full brightness, there was a slight tendency to wash the images and a bit of backlight flowing around the edges of the monitor.